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FEATURES | 8 out of 10
a wealth of luxury and styling features and a price that bests much of the segment
That's an ambitious markup over the outgoing Azera, which started at around $25,500, but this is a whole lot more car.
Gotta love the huge, rotating volume-control knob that sits prominently in the center stack.
The 2013 Hyundai Azera went up significantly in price with last year's redesign; but for those who want a lot of luxury and convenience features for the money, it's still one of the better values on the market.
Prior to last year, the Azera has been offered in GLS and Limited models, with the Limited model offering 'the works' and the GLS having a more limited set of features and (what used to be) and a weaker engine. But last year, Hyundai essentially dropped the GLS and made the former Limited the only trim.As such, the Azera is offered in just two builds: Azera, or Azera with Technology Package. The base Azera includes the navigation system and backup camera system, push-button start, proximity-key entry, Bluetooth connectivity, power front seats, full leather upholstery, dual-zone automatic climate control, heated side mirrors, and heated front and rear seats. And the standard 450-watt Dimension sound system includes XM satellite radio, HD Radio, iPod/USB connectivity, and an auxiliary input jack.
Even at the base level, the Azera includes a navigation system, along with a number of other features that are optional on most luxury-brand models. The nav system has a seven-inch screen and runs on a full WVGA resolution, including a 90-day trial of XM NavTraffic, as well as 8GB of built-in memory for map data. It also includes information screens for audio and climate control, though all important controls for those have redundant, traditional buttons and dials below.
All Azera models do get Hyundai's subscription-based Blue Link system, which offers a suite of services like vehicle location; remote vehicle access; emergency and roadside assistance; turn-by-turn navigation; and traffic and weather updates.
The Technology Package adds HID headlamps, larger 19-inch wheels, a big panoramic sunroof, a power rear sunshade, manual rear side sunshades, ventilated front seats, 550-watt Infinity premium Logic 7 sound with subwoofer, power steering-wheel adjustment, interior ambient lighting, and a keyfob-integrated memory system for settings.
While the Azera clearly aims to impress, it's not quite offering up true luxury-brand tech features; things like active parking, blind-spot systems, a head-up display, or active cruise control aren't to be found here.
There's a lot of value in the 2013 Hyundai Azera--especially if luxury features matter.