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2014 Hyundai Azera vs. Its Competition

 
2014 Hyundai Azera
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The Hyundai Azera lands in a middle ground, between comfort-oriented mainstream models and super-refined luxury sedans -- yet with a little more of a priority on style.

Both the Toyota Avalon and Lexus ES now offer a hybrid variant (Avalon Hybrid and ES300h).

For a long time, the Lexus ES has been the pick for those who want the creamiest, most isolated luxury-sedan experience.

It was redesigned for 2013, with better rear-seat room and a new 300h Hybrid model in the lineup, it's better than ever.

The Toyota Avalon offers a more straightforward presentation, although it's also becoming more stylish with an upcoming 2013 redesign.

The Buick LaCrosse gets a standard eAssist mild-hybrid system, paired with a four-cylinder engine, and now achieves 37 mpg on the highway.

The Azera is roughly the same length and width as the Acura TL, or about three inches longer than the Maxima, or a couple of inches longer than the ES 350.

But that also makes it most of a foot shorter than the Taurus, as well as a few inches shorter than the Buick LaCrosse.

Going by interior space, the story is quite different; the Azera has more interior volume than any of those other models, as well as more cargo space than all but the Taurus.

The Ford Taurus is the largest vehicle of this bunch on the outside, yet somehow its interior feels like one of the smallest; next year a new version of the Taurus is in the works, with a more efficient turbo four-cylinder engine as well.

The Acura TL (soon to be replaced by the TLX) may be the most exciting of this bunch to drive; it handles very well—even in its base form—but its back seat isn't as roomy.

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8.4
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The 2014 Hyundai Azera is a big, comfortable sedan that offers serious design appeal and a luxury-car ambiance.
8.2
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The 2014 Acura TL is an attractive, comfortable, well-appointed luxury sedan. Choose the SH-AWD model, and you have yourself a legitimate sport sedan, too.
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Great on gas or long on comfort and refinement--the Buick LaCrosse can be either, though we'd steer you toward the premium editions.
8.0
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The 2014 Ford Taurus continues in its role of luxury and technology flagship for the Ford brand, but it remains compromised by its lack of rear-seat headroom and legroom
8.2
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The 2014 Lexus ES is an attractive package in its segment, and the hybrid model makes for a very compelling alternative to more expensive green luxury cars.
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The 2014 Toyota Avalon is far more youthful than it used to be, with a more responsive, sophisticated personality, an excellent interior, and a 40-mpg Hybrid version -- plus of course top-notch comfort all around.
MSRP From     
$31,000$36,030$33,535$26,780$36,620$31,590
Gas Mileage     
19 MPG City / 29 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 29 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 36 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 29 MPG Hwy21 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy21 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy
Engine     
Regular Unleaded V-6Premium Unleaded V-6Gas/Electric I4Regular Unleaded V-6Regular Unleaded V-6Regular Unleaded V-6
EPA Class     
Large CarsMid-Size CarsMidsize CarsLarge CarsMid-Size CarsMid-Size Cars
Style Name     
4-Door Sedan4-Door Sedan Automatic 2WD4-Door Sedan Base FWD4-Door Sedan SE FWD4-Door Sedan4-Door Sedan XLE (GS)
Drivetrain     
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
555555
Passenger Doors     
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style     
SedanSedanSedanSedanSedanSedan
Transmission     
Automatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/OD
 
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