Thanks to a modern direct-injection 3.3-liter V-6 engine and six-speed automatic transmission, the Azera achieves pretty impressive EPA ratings--of 20 mpg city, 29 highway, for a Combined figure of 23 mpg. And there's no need to worry about premium fuel.
Like in other Hyundai models, an Active Eco button smooths out accelerator inputs, changes transmission shifts, and runs accessories more conservatively, saving seven percent in real-world fuel economy, according to Hyundai.
What Hyundai doesn't offer in the Azera that other models in this class do is a hybrid version. The Lexus ES and Toyota Avalon both offer a fuel-saving hybrid system, while the Buick LaCrosse comes with an eAssist mild-hybrid system that achieves a highway rating of 37 mpg.
NOTE: The 2013 Azera is one of a set of vehicles found to have overstated fuel-economy numbers. Hyundai initially submitted figures of 20/30 mpg to the EPA. The agency has since found the actual tested fuel economy to be 20/29 mpg. Owners can register with Hyundai to receive reimbursement for the gas consumed above and beyond expected levels; more details are found at HyundaiMPGInfo.com.