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2012 Hyundai Azera Priced From $32,000

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A mere year ago the Hyundai Azera was a bland vehicle with the shape resembling a used bar of soap. Flash forward to today and the new 2012 Hyundai Azera is about to go on sale with sculpted sheet metal and a base price of $32,000.

Some of you will note that base price is quite a hike from last year's base price of $24,495. But with standard features such as hard drive based navigation, push-button start with proximity key, heated rear seats, 18-inch alloy wheels, and much more, there's no real question as to why the price has increased. Hyundai is quick to note that the new base Azera offers more standard features than the fully loaded 2011 model which had a base price of $30,095.

The only available option on the new Azera is the $4,000 Technology Package which includes: 19-inch alloy wheels, panoramic sunroof, HID xenon headlights, power rear sunshade, manual side window sunshades, Infinity premium speakers and subwoofer and amplifier, power adjustable tilt and telescopic steering column, integrated memory seating system, driver's seat cushion extension, ventilated front seats, rear parking assistance sensors, and interior ambient lighting.

The new Azera wears Hyundai's latest version of Fluidic Sculpture Design like a fine tailored suit. Hyundai says the sleek style creates the illusion of constant motion. We don't know about all that, but it certainly looks more aggressive and interesting than the Toyota Avalon with which it will go head to head.

Powering the Azera is a 3.3-liter GDI V-6 producing 293 horsepower and according to Hyundai, best-in-class fuel economy of 20 mpg city and 29 mpg highway, with a combined rating of 23 mpg. Helping achieve those fuel economy numbers is a new Active Eco system which can modify the engine and transmission controls for better efficiency.

Hyundai's telematics system called Blue Link is also standard. Nine airbags are standard along with all the usual system such as traction control, stability control, and brake assist.

The new Azera will go on sale in April, and slots in between the Sonata and Genesis in Hyundai's lineup.

For more information on the new 2012 Hyundai Azera, make sure to read our full preview here.

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