The 2013 Hyundai Azera is a car that provides terrific value for the money. The new Azera was redesigned in part to compete with Hyundai’s own Sonata, a car that far outsold the Azera in the past. They’ve definitely succeeded, creating a car with much of the appeal of the Sonata in a slightly larger sedan, with a more modern design and great interior luxury features. If you’re looking for a sedan that’s extremely comfortable, looks great, offers a smooth quiet ride, looks like it costs a fair bit more than it actually does, and is a serious competitor for some of the most popular full-size sedans, like the LaCrosse and the Lexus ES, you may want to pick up the latest incarnation of the Hyundai Azera.
New For 2013
The 2012 Hyundai Azera was completely redesigned as a response to some consumer quibbles with the car’s earlier incarnations, such as lack of performance and less than dynamic styling. The 2013 model carries forward with some of these redesign changes, including:
- More stylish exterior
- More powerful engine
- More luxury features
The 2013 Hyundai Azera has a smooth, streamlined exterior, having adopted what Hyundai refers to as the ""fluidic sculpture"" design model shared by the Sonata. You can enjoy 19-inch alloy wheels with a wheel base of 112 inches, which contributes to the overall smooth ride you’ll find when driving the Azera. The way in which the dual exhaust pipes are made flush with the bumper add to the fluid, streamlined feel. If you like to let the outside world in while you’re driving, you’ll love the panoramic glass sun roof on this car, which really opens things up and creates a tremendous feeling of space and actually being outside while on the road. The Azera features a keyless entry system and an easy open trunk that requires just the touch of a button. There’s also a rear view camera mounted in the back for easier backing up and parking. Color options for the 2013 Hyundai Azera include Black Onyx Pearl, Porcelain White Pearl, Midnight Blue Pearl, and Venetian Red Pearl.
Interior & Cargo
One of the first and best ways the 2013 Hyundai Azera competes with other popular full-size sedans is one you’ll see right away. As soon as you open the trunk, you’ll find the enormous amount of cargo space, 16.3 cubic feet of it, to be exact, with room for even more cargo when the 60/40 split rear seat is folded back. The interior befits a top of the line sedan as well, featuring leather upholstery with chrome accents, a sun roof, and some luxurious options. You can enjoy heated leather bucket seats with easy-to-access power settings, like power lumbar support, along with a leather-wrapped tilt/telescoping steering wheel that also serves as a command center with audio, cruise control, information display control, and Bluetooth right at your fingertips. You should also find that the Azera provides you with easy-to-read gauges and a convenient touch screen navigation computer, along with a CD player equipped for satellite XM radio. You shouldn’t have any problem keeping comfortable in all kinds of weather, thanks to the dual climate controls and the option for not only heating the front seats, but cooling them as well.
One of the best safety features you’ll find on the 2013 Hyundai Azera is BlueLink, Hyundai’s answer to the OnStar system, which can provide almost immediate emergency assistance and crash notification. You’ll also find traction and stability control, along with a full slate of airbags: front and rear side airbags, full length side curtain airbags, and driver knee airbag. The Azera has received the top score in the International Institute of Highway Safety’s (IIHS) front and side impact safety tests. Other safety equipment on the 2013 Hyundai Azera includes the four-wheel Anti-lock Braking System, emergency brake assist, electronic brake force distribution, and front seatbelt pretensioners. For child safety, the Azera has child seat anchors and rear door child safety locks. Theft prevention measures include an engine immobilizer, keyless entry, and an alarm system.
This sedan will definitely give you a healthy amount of power, with a 3.3-liter, direct injection, V-6 engine producing 293 Horsepower and 255 lb-ft of torque. The engine is linked to a six-speed shiftable automatic transmission. There’s definitely some pep in this vehicle, but the real performance advantages over other full-size sedans isn’t in the speed or acceleration, where the Azera is competitive but not a leader, but in the smooth, quiet ride, even at higher speeds. You’ll also appreciate the competitive fuel economy in this sedan, which runs at about 20/30 mpg city/highway.
Key Competitors For The 2013 Hyundai Azera
- Buick Lacrosse
- Nissan Maxima
- Lexus ES