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PERFORMANCE | 7 out of 10
a little bouncy and a little harsh
Kelley Blue Book
the car feels predictable and secure around turns and the steering has a slick, accurate feel
it falls well short of all-around composure
Most reviewers find that the 2009 Hyundai Azera offers good performance for the big sedan’s likely buyers—that is, it can get up to speed easily but doesn’t need to handle particularly well.
The 2009 Hyundai Azera is available in two different varieties: the GLS and the Limited, both with V-6 power. As Cars.com indicates, "the Azera GLS has a 3.3-liter V-6 that produces 234 hp and 226 pound-feet of torque." Meanwhile, the Azera Limited has a 3.8-liter V-6 that makes 263 hp and 257 pound-feet of torque. Cars.com reports that either engine comes with a five-speed automatic transmission that "incorporates Shiftronic for manually selectable gear changes." For buyers who can afford it, the 3.8-liter is well worth the $4,000 or so it will cost to buy a Limited rather than a GLS. Kelley Blue Book, however, reports that "the standard 3.3-liter V-6 may not be as powerful as the available 3.8-liter, but it does offer acceptable levels of performance and smoothness."
Edmunds explains, "We've timed an Azera Limited at 7.1 seconds for the 0-60-mph run." However, Edmunds notes, "Although this Hyundai never feels as athletic as cars like the Nissan Maxima and Chrysler 300, acceleration is brisk, and there's always ample power on tap from the V-6." Automedia finds much to like about the union of the larger V-6 engine and the automatic in the 2009 Azera: "They make a nice couple. The V-6 flagship sails easily down the highway, with plenty of power on tap for passing and on-ramp merges. The transmission gets from gear to gear smoothly, with a manumatic mode for do-it-yourselfers."
In either case, fuel economy isn’t quite as good as that of other sedans in the Azera’s class. The EPA rates the 2009 Hyundai Azera with the smaller V-6 at 18/26 mpg, while the 3.8-liter gets 17/26 mpg.
Handling in the 2009 Hyundai Azera is cushy and isolated, which is similar to what drivers will find on most cars in this class. "The Azera's handling is on the soft side," Edmunds reports. "However, the car feels predictable and secure around turns and the steering has a slick, accurate feel."
The V-6 engines in the 2009 Hyundai Azera offer plenty of smooth ramp-merging power; handling is expectedly soft.