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QUALITY | 8 out of 10
materials quality is simply excellent
beige-on-beige with unexciting vinyl
Kelley Blue Book
coarse-surface tire thrum ... wind rush [which] rises with speed
If comfort is your shopping priority, the 2010 Hyundai Azera is one of the better picks. But the Azera is not without its flaws—namely, materials that aren't quite luxury-caliber and a lack of some of the finer details.
The Azera has an impressive 44 inches of front-seat legroom and more than 38 inches of legroom for rear-seat passengers—as much (or more) room than some traditional-brand luxury cars that can cost twice as much. Most reviewers like the space and seating comfort offered in the 2010 Hyundai Azera. But not all remarks are positive. ConsumerGuide points out that drivers can easily adjust the seating position "with a standard power seat, tilt and telescopic steering column, and Limited's optional power-adjustable pedals. The seats are nicely contoured for good overall support." They also note that there's plenty of headroom despite a rather tall seating position. Edmunds, however, says, "One of our few complaints about the Hyundai's interior concerns the overly high seating position up front, which can be awkward for taller drivers with long torsos."
Most reviewers agree that Hyundai does a good job with interior materials in the Azera. According to ConsumerGuide, the 2010 Hyundai Azera's "cabin materials are not quite to Lexus levels, but there are enough padded surfaces and carefully executed details present to belie Azera's price." Edmunds also approves of the overall feeling of quality, stating, "This Hyundai isn't just a hastily thrown-together collection of features—its high-quality interior materials, luxurious trappings and solid overall construction come together in a cohesive package that feels like the work of a true premium brand."
However, several sources note particular details that interrupt the feeling of refinement and luxury that otherwise prevails. One of those is road and wind noise; ConsumerGuide points out that the Limited's V-6 "emits [a] raspy growl at full throttle"—a bit out of place for a sedate luxury car—and points out the "coarse-surface tire thrum" and how "wind rush rises with speed."
Also, one test car's suspension reportedly made an occasional clunking noise. Edmunds, however, contends, "Road noise is minimal even at high speeds, allowing for quiet conversations in the cabin."
Edmunds confirms TheCarConnection.com's own observations that the 2010 Hyundai Azera's spaciousness extends to cargo as well, citing Azera's "humongous Ikea-friendly trunk."
With a very spacious, well-appointed interior, the 2010 Hyundai Azera has all the trappings of a luxury car, but it's missing some of the finer details.