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FEATURES | 8 out of 10
a car to rival some of the best near-luxury sedans in America
Kelley Blue Book
packed with features
605-watt, 12-speaker Infinity stereo…cranked out rich, high-fidelity audio
The 2010 Hyundai Azera is designed and equipped to match large, "near luxury" sedans like the Buick LaCrosse, Ford Taurus, and Toyota Avalon; for the money, it exceeds the equipment in those models. Overall, TheCarConnection.com finds that the Azera offers plenty of useful features at a bargain price.
Kelley Blue Book considers the 2009 Azera "a car to rival some of the best near-luxury sedans in America," and Edmunds says, "At under $30,000, our Azera Limited came packed with features normally found on luxury-branded vehicles costing thousands of dollars more. It comes as no surprise, then, that the loaded Azera is the volume seller, as consumers can't ignore such obvious value."
The base GLS trim level's standard equipment includes a very long list of features, including keyless entry, satellite radio, a trip computer, a garage door opener, dual-zone climate control, heated power mirrors, fog lamps, and V-rated 17-inch tires on alloy wheels. Moving up to the Limited trim level brings a more powerful 3.8-liter V-6, as well as features like "power-folding outside mirrors with integrated turn signals, power rear sunshade, electroluminescent gauges and a 10-speaker Infinity sound system with in-dash six-CD changer," says Edmunds.
On the Limited, the options are confined to a new 605-watt Infinity Logic 7 sound system, paired in one of two option packages with power-adjustable pedals, rain-sensing wipers, memory seats, and for the costlier package, an LG navigation system. A Bluetooth hands-free interface remains available only as a port-installed option.
Cars.com includes plenty of information on the LG navigation system, saying that it uses physical buttons for functions like zoom-in/out and adding that it "doesn't feel as slick: Its buttons flex and wriggle in a way the climate controls don't, and usability is so-so." The reviewer points to "clever functions like a route preview screen with turn-by-turn directions," but asserts that the display washes out easily in bright light.
The standard-feature list in the 2010 Hyundai Azera is jaw-dropping, but its options list is pretty ordinary. Prices are very attractive, though.