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2011 Hyundai Azera: More Power, Higher MPG, Still Very Comfy

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2011 Hyundai Azera

Hyundai has announced some significant changes for its Azera for 2011 that should altogether help this large sedan perform better, use less fuel, and look a bit sharper inside and out.

The V-6 engines in the 2011 Hyundai Azera lineup are the same size as last year, but they're more powerful and significantly better on gas. The 3.3-liter now makes 260 horsepower and 233 pound-feet of torque (almost as many horsepower as the larger engine last year) and has fuel economy figures that have improved by two in both the EPA city and highway cycles, to 20 mpg city, 28 highway. The larger 3.8-liter V-6 gets a bump up to 283 horsepower and 263 pound-feet, with ratings up 2 mpg in city driving and a mile per gallon on the highway, to 19/27.

The engines in the 2011 Azera have been modernized to include Hyundai's Dual Continuously Variable Valve Timing (DCWT) and a variable intake system; they have all-aluminum construction and a four-valve-per-cylinder design.

Paired with either of these revised engines is a new six-speed automatic that Hyundai designed in-house. Hyundai says it's one of just three automakers to design their own six-speed automatic; the new transmission is lighter than the former five-speed automatic. Like nearly all the automatics in Hyundai's stable, it comes with Shiftronic manual control in a separate gate.


 
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  1. Not sure why they still are offering this vehicle when the Genesis and new Sonata pretty much cover all major demand needs for large sedans. I guess because the Genesis is RWD that there is a small percentage of people that would like a FWD V6 near luxury vehicle, but honestly a person shopping for this vehicle are only considering the Avalon or Lucerne - not the Maxima. The styling was dated the day it was released and having the new Genesis and Sonata next to it is only hurting it's vanilla styling. I see rental fleets in the future for this car!
     
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  2. MICHAEL 1963 - FROM ITALY
    Certo che dal vivo ancora non ho visto nulla, ma dai disegni e dalle ultime realizzazioni di Casa, oltre alla bella Genesis venduta in nord America, che ho avuto modo di apprezzare (è davvero molto bella!), questa Hyundai GRANDEUR lascia presagire che sarà una gran bella automobile! Mi auguro che la commercializzino anche in Europa e quindi in Italia, motorizzata con dei validi motori diesel, ben accessoriata e rifinita, ad un prezzo adeguato. Con una bella linea potrebbe prendere il posto della Sonica e posizionandosi un gradino più su, cercando di fare "concorrenza" in qualche modo alle varie Classe E, Serie 5 e A6 tedesche. Secondo me così strutturata potrebbe avere una buona accoglienza!
    BUON ANNO 2011
     
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