The Hyundai Azera was last redesigned for 2006, so the large family sedan was well due for a change. And Hyundai definitely delivers with the 2012 Azera just introduced at the 2011 Los Angeles Auto Show.
For family car buyers requiring comfort, safety, plenty of passenger and cargo space, good performance and fuel economy in an affordable vehicle, the new Azera could provide just the right combination.
What’s new about the 2012 Hyundai Azera? For more complete details, check out coverage from the show here.
Hyundai says the all-new second-generation Azera is the fifth vehicle to adopt the automaker’s “Fluidic Sculpture” design language evident in the Tucson, Accent, Elantra and Sonata. The Azera is considered the flagship of the fluidic sculpture design elements, since the Hyundai Genesis and Equus have their own unique design language.
Powering the 2012 Azera is the Lambda II 3.3-liter V-6 gasoline direct injection engine delivering 293 horsepower and 255 pound-feet of torque. The engine is mated with a six-speed automatic transmission with SHIFTRONIC manual control.
Fuel economy, an important family-car consideration, is EPA rated at 20 mpg city/29 mpg highway/23 mpg combined. Incidentally, these are the same EPA ratings as the 268-horsepower 3.5-liter V-6 in the 2011 Toyota Avalon and the 280-horsepower 3.5-liter V-6 in the 2012 Acura TL.
More standard features for less
In keeping with Hyundai’s tradition of offering consumers more standard content for less than competitors’ offerings, the 2012 Hyundai Azera comes with standard leather seating; ten-way power driver and eight-way power front passenger seats; heated front and rear seats; dual automatic climate control; second-row air vents, and cooled glove box.
Optional features include a panoramic sunroof; 3D Carbon interior accents; driver’s seat cushion extension and integrated memory system for the seat, side mirrors and steering wheel, and ventilated front seats.
Compared to the competition, the Azera provides best-in-class front head and leg room, at 40.4 inches and 45.5 inches, respectively. Those all-important dimensions for family buyers come in at 38.5/43.8 inches in the 2012 Nissan Maxima, 38.9/41.3 inches in the 2011 Toyota Avalon, 38.0/41.7 inches in the 2012 Buick LaCrosse, and 39.0/41.9 inches in the 2012 Ford Taurus.
Cargo volume in the trunk is 16.3 cubic feet, the same as the 2012 Chrysler 300.
Technology features standard include touch-screen navigation with seven-inch screen and a back-up camera, the only car in the segment to offer this combination as standard equipment. Three months of XM satellite radio, plus HD radio, Bluetooth hands-free phone system with voice recognition, address book download and streaming audio, auxiliary iPod/USB inputs, and the Hyundai Blue Link telematics system.
The Azera comes with a seven-speaker Dimension AM/FM/satellite radio/CD/MP3 audio system. Buyers can opt for the Infinity 550-watt, Logic audio system with 12 speakers, including and eight-inch subwoofer and external amplifier.
Family car buyers are keen on safety features, and the 2012 Hyundai Azera provides plenty of them as standard equipment. Included are nine airbags; impact-reducing seats; Vehicle Stability Management (VSM), which is a combination of electronic stability control (ESC) with Motor Driven Power Steering; anti-lock brakes (ABS) with integrated brake assist and electronic brakeforce distribution.
What will all this near luxury cost the family car buyer? Hyundai hasn’t released pricing yet, but expect the Azera to be available in base and Premium models, with pricing most likely starting around $32,000.