Pricing for the all-new 2012 Hyundai Azera large sedan, just released by Hyundai, starts at $32,000 for the base sedan and $36,000 for the Azera with Technology Package. Both starting prices exclude the $875 destination charge.
For families looking for a well-equipped sedan that offers more than expected features for the price may find the redesigned Azera fits all their needs when it goes on sale in April.
For its part, Hyundai is confident the newest version of its big sedan will meet the competition head-on, including the likes of the Nissan Maxima, Toyota Avalon, Buick LaCrosse and Ford Taurus. The Taurus, LaCrosse and Maxima each sold more than 5,000 units in 2011, while the Avalon sold slightly more than 3,200. The outgoing Azera sold just 1,524 units last year.
Not only does the 2012 Azera boast an all-new look, it also gets a substantial list of new standard equipment: heated front and rear seats; 18-inch alloy wheels; the Hyundai Blue Link telematics system; push-button start; LED headlight accents, and SACHS Amplitude Selective Dampers for improved ride comfort.
Other standard equipment includes automatic headlight control with delay-off feature; front fog lights; heated side mirrors with integrated turn signals; leather seats, steering wheel and shift knob; dual automatic temperature control; cruise control; Dimension premium speakers with subwoofer and external amplifier, navigation system with touchscreen display and more.
Buyers opting for the $4,000 Technology Package get: 19-inch alloy wheels; a panoramic sunroof; HID Xenon headlights; power rear and manual side window sunshades; power adjustable tilt and telescopic steering wheel; Infinity premium speakers with subwoofer and external amplifier; an integrated memory system for power driver’s seat, steering column and exterior mirrors; driver’s seat cushion extension; ventilated front seats; interior ambient lighting and rear parking assistance sensors.
Power comes from a new and more efficient 293-horsepower 3.3-liter gasoline direct injection engine matched with a six-speed automatic transmission with SHIFTRONIC. Hyundai says the Azera delivers best-in-class fuel economy rated at 20 mpg city/29 mpg highway/23 mpg combined, thanks in part to the Active Eco System in the powertrain which modifies engine and transmission control and results in more than five percent improvement in real-world fuel economy.
Another area where the Azera delivers is safety, which is of primary importance to family car buyers. The Azera has nine standard airbags, including driver-side knee airbag and rear-seat side airbags; impact-absorbing front seats; and vehicle stability management system (VSM) that links electronic stability control (ESC), traction control, electronic brake force distribution and brake assist to maximize effectiveness in potential collision situations. A rearview camera is also standard.
The 2012 Hyundai Azera has not yet been rated by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) or the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).
For more information on the 2012 Hyundai Azera, see TheCarConnection preview prior to the 2011 Los Angeles Auto Show.