2012 Hyundai Azera vs. Its Competition

2012 Hyundai Azera
Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Deputy Editor

The Lexus ES 350 has long been the pick for those who want the creamiest, most isolated luxury-sedan experience; but the Azera comes close in many respects—and it surpasses it, in our opinion, in design.

Meanwhile, the more affordable Toyota Avalon makes a straightforward appeal based around comfort, but with the Azera's more fashionable look and wider equipment, the Avalon can feel a little unexciting.

The Acura TL is quite exciting to drive and handles very well—even in its base form—but its back seat isn't as roomy.

There's also a higher-performance model with an excellent SH-AWD (all-wheel drive) system.

The 2012 Buick LaCrosse gets an all-new eAssist mild-hybrid system, paired with a four-cylinder engine, and now achieves 37 mpg on the highway.

The Ford Taurus is the largest vehicle of this bunch on the outside, yet somehow its interior feels like one of the smallest; next year a new version of the Taurus is in the works, with a more efficient turbo four-cylinder engine as well.

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Quick Specs
With real design appeal, confident performance, and a true luxury-car ambiance, the new 2012 Hyundai Azera brings far more sophistication to the showroom, but doesn't lose its carry-over attributes of comfort and value for the money.
The 2012 Acura TL is a surprisingly well-rounded luxury sedan, with a host of advanced tech features, and in top SH-AWD trim morphs into a complete and compelling sport sedan.
As a sophisticated, roomy, tech-savvy premium sedan—now with up to 36 mpg—the 2012 Buick LaCrosse hits the mark for a lot of shoppers who want luxury on a limited budget.
The 2012 Ford Taurus is handsome, safe, and well-equipped, but it's not as big inside as its big-car exterior suggests.
The 2012 Lexus ES 350 is a great pick for those who want a lavish interior and the latest in-car tech, but place a priority on comfort over cornering performance.
A classy, comfortable near-luxury sedan, the 2012 Toyota Avalon has a more modern look but traditional big-car handling and smooth performance.
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Gas Mileage     
20 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 29 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 36 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy
Gas V6Gas V6Gas/Electric I4Gas V6Gas V6Gas V6
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LargeMid-SizeMidsize CarsLarge CarsCompactLarge
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4-Door Sedan4-Door Sedan Automatic 2WD4-Door Sedan Base FWD4-Door Sedan SE FWD4-Door Sedan4-Door Sedan (GS)
Front Wheel DriveFront-Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
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Body Style     
4 Door Sedan4 Door SedanSedanSedanSedan4 Door Sedan
Automatic w/manual shiftAutomaticAutomatic w/manual shiftAutomatic w/manual shiftAutomaticAutomatic
Detailed Spec Comparison
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