2013 Hyundai Azera Comfort & Quality

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Comfort & Quality

If you judge it by seating, ride, or interior appointments, the 2013 Hyundai Azera is a luxury car, not just a large sedan.

Fitting right in between the Sonata and Genesis in the Hyundai lineup, with its wheelbase a couple of inches longer then the Sonata, overall length 3.5 longer than Sonata, and a little added width, the Azera offers nearly as much space as big luxury-brand flagships

The Azera's spacious seating, a smooth ride, and luxury-car ambiance altogether bring something upscale of mere comfort.

Front seats are adjustable to a wide range of sizes, and we like how Hyundai has assembled the power-seat controls, Mercedes-Benz style, along the upper door trim. In addition to heated seats, Tech Package models include heated-and-cooled ventilated functions.

Adults will find plenty of sprawl-out legroom in back, although headroom is the limiting factor—there's just enough for taller adults, thanks to two carved-out headliner recesses. If anyone ends up in the middle, they might not be as happy, as the headliner's lower there and the bench position is notably harder (the back of the center console is there, too).

Ingress and egress is a bit of a disappointment in back. Taller folks will have to lean forward and duck their heads under the curved-down roofline; it's the only real price of the fashionable exterior.

Otherwise it's a very thoughtful interior. Underneath the audio and climate controls, there's a large hinged bin (felted), with auxiliary and USB ports, and a hinged compartment next to the shift knob, containing a couple of cupholders. The space behind the center stack has also been used—a la Volvo—with a tray at the bottom of that, and the center console itself has the capacity to hide a camera or small purse. Cupholders and bottle recesses, along with map pockets, are included along all doors, too.

The Avalon also has the lowest coefficient of drag (tied with the Avalon, at 0.28) of any large sedan, which helps keep wind noise at bay (and helps efficiency). Ride quality is superb, with only the most jarring bumps heard heard and felt in the cabin. And inside, it's quiet—very quiet—with nearly all road noise filtered out; likewise, you hear engine noise only when accelerating hard.

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