2012 Hyundai Azera: Review Notes

Posted on 11. Jul, 2012 by in Auto News

Cars.com senior editor Kristin Varela is currently reviewing the revised Hyundai Azera, the latest generation of full-size Hyundai sedan. The Azera is the Korean automaker's efforts to attract buyers in a competitive, if overlooked, field, including the Ford Taurus, Toyota Avalon, Chrysler 300 and Dodge Charger. Hyundai hopes the Azera can on his unpopular predecessor, which improve not broken 15,000 sales since 2007. That's a fraction of the 70,000-plus that Dodge Charger buyers took home last year. It will cut its work for them: All four competitors have been redesigned or significantly updated in the last 19 months.

Varela, in Denver, praised the Azera and the value of the drive train, but took issue with some controls and seating position. Other editors, including me, had a chance to drive an Azera tester at Cars.com 's Chicago office.

"It's a nice car," said Executive Editor Joe Wiesenfeld fields. "Ride quality is definitely not as good as it could be, and probably should be, but I do not think it void the masses." Editor Jennifer Geiger noticed the lack of composure, the Azera say "feels sloppy in certain situations. Seems to float and bound over rough stuff." I agreed: the Charger and 300 filters of asphalt divots that the Azera jerk cabin. It's not terrible, but a full-size car should run better. The only downside? Our tester had 19-inch wheels and lower tire. With its base 18-inch wheels, the Azera could drive better.

Another recurring annoyance? Steering.

"Steering is a question," wrote meadow fields. "It has a typical lack of torque build-up and general feedback, and it feels like a front-end alignment needs." Hanley agreed: "The biggest problem with it seems at slow speeds and close to the center of where the wheel kind of sticks to his place, and they must return to where you want it, the mood feels rather artificial and of the. wheels away. "

Slow speeds were not the only concern. "There's something not right about the steering, especially at 30 to 45 mph. It feels nervous," said Managing Editor David Thomas. I agreed: On the highway, you're correcting all the time. It's just too sensitive and it does not settle, it must always be managed, but it feels numb total. It is tiring on car trips.

Fortunately, the Azera found salvation in the cabin quality and space.

"Look and feel first-class materials," Geiger said. "There is plenty of head and legroom in the front and rear seats for a 6-pedestrian and me." Said Thomas: "The materials are worlds better than our Ford Taurus tester – plus it provides a ton of interior and trunk, without as big a boat." I found the seats comfortable, with effective cooled seats – often a gimmick – and soft pillows. Hanley took our cars subpar leather: "It kind of feeling fine sandpaper."

Thomas liked our test car Infinity stereo system that is part of a $ 4,000 technology package. Meadow Fields went even further: "It is a remarkable stereo," he said. "Good sound qualities, with everything controlled bass …. It's good to see infinity finally out of cars."

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