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SAFETY | 9 out of 10
With building blocks borrowed from the Sonata mid-size sedan, which also has a good safety record, the 2014 Hyundai Azera has a good set of credentials for keeping your family safe and sound.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has awarded the Azera top 'good' scores in frontal, side, and rear impact testing, plus roof strength, and in all subcategories of frontal and side testing. And in the roof-strength test it did particularly well--withstanding 4.76 times its weight. The federal government, however, hasn't yet rated the Azera.
In all, the Azera includes nine standard airbags, including a driver's knee airbag and separate rear side-impact bags. Electronic stability control, anti-lock brakes, and an impact-reducing front-seat design are all part of the standard kit.
As one nitpick in this area: We don't think outward visibility is as good as in some rival models--although the rearview camera system helps make up for it. Hyundai has added a standard blind-spot mirror for 2014 as well.
Impressive crash-test ratings and a standout rear-camera system are all part of an impressive safety set in the Azera.