The redesigned 2012 Hyundai Azera is now on the market, reports Automotive News. The luxury sedan costs $6,600 more than the previous year’s model, but the addition of more upscale features, horsepower and stylistic flourishes help make up the difference. Including shipping, Hyundai’s new Azera starts at $32,875.
Azera luxury means comfort
For a luxury ride to be comfortable, interior space must be ample. Hyundai trumpets the Azera has the luxury sedan with “best-in-class” interior space. Both poised and classy, the Hyundai Azera’s isolated front and rear subframes create a cabin area that keeps out road sounds, allowing the driver to fill the space with tones from the Infinity surround stereo system, which comes standard. Heated front and rear leather seats allow listeners to enjoy silence or music in comfort.
Azera owners will appreciate greater passenger room and increased total interior space, particularly when compared with similar cars in its class like the Nissan Maxima, Toyota Avalon, Buick LaCrosse, Ford Taurus, Lexus ES 350 and Acura TL. The front-wheel-drive Azera offers a longer wheelbase, and it’s wider than the competition. Along with an electronic Vehicle Stability Management system, the Azera provides greater control for a safer luxury ride. Plus, electronic anti-lock brakes with force distribution and braking assist work every second that the vehicle is on the road.
In the event of collision, nine standard airbags protect the Hyundai Azera’s driver and passengers. Even the driver’s knees are protected.
Azera’s infotainment luxury
The safety and convenience also flow through the Hyundai Azera’s dashboard technology. A state-of-the-art navigation system with large seven-inch touchscreen and a wide-angle, rear-view camera are simple to use, as are the other elements of the Azera’s HD radio and Bluetooth-based infotainment systems.
The Hyundai Azera’s style extends to the exterior, with LED accent headlights, LED wrap-around tail lights, integrated dual exhaust and 19-inch alloy wheels. These kinds of elements are what make for what Hyundai calls a vehicle with “uncompromising appeal.” It’s an appeal that applies to a variety of trim packages, colors and options.
Under the hood
A gasoline direct-injection 3.3-liter V6 with 293 horsepower sits beneath the hood of the 2012 Hyundai Azera. The fuel economy rating hits 29 mpg highway on the strength of a six-speed automatic transmission with Hyundai’s patented Shiftronic technology. Both the horsepower and miles per gallon are an improvement on Hyundai’s Azera from 2011.
Step up from a Sonata
Hyundai Motor America Vice President of Product Planning Mike O’Brien told MSNBC that the Hyundai Azera is a step up from the Hyundai Sonata. Moreover, he noted that the automaker expects a sales turnaround from the less-than-successful 2011 Azera figures, which total 1,524 sales in the U.S. that year.
“We now have 1.25 million Sonata owners,” said O’Brien. “Azera’s core role is really as a good move-up step from Sonata buyers.”