Well, I know what you’re all saying right about now in this road test. What the heck does Azera mean? I looked it up and the only thing I found was Italian for a woman from Azerbaijan. So basically, I’ve got nothing in this department.
But, in this case, it does mean a very nice car. Ok, not a sports sedan, and not something that will have those happy-go-lucky Bavarians worried, but a very nice car.
I lost track of the Hyundai lineup somewhere along the way. It now starts with Elantra, then Sonata, Azera, Genesis and finally the Equus, for those folks who actually have BMW level money and choose a Hyundai. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a very good Hyundai and a very good luxury car. But for over $60 large, there’s a lot of luxury out there competing with it.
But back to the Azera. The styling was new in 2012, and where’s well…so far. I basically like the new styling direction Hyundai has taken, but I can’t help wondering what we’ll think a few years down the road. Will the creases that don’t quite meet on the side look so very 20-teens in a decade.
Inside, pure luxury. It’s a sea of leather, electronics, automatic this and that, a sunroof that opens up a space slightly smaller than Nebraska, and all of it styled to within an inch of its life. It’s a splendid cabin and with the Technology Package for an extra 4-grand, you get the aforementioned sunroof, 19-inch chrome wheels, ventilated seats and power sunshade.
Powering all this excess is a 3.3-liter V6 with 293-rather tame horsepower. The 6-speed automatic gearbox helps it get to 60 in 6.2 seconds and a top speed of 148 miles per hour.
Handling, good…power, good…and it’s quiet and comfy.
If only it were exciting. All this basic niceness comes with a price tag of $32,250, minus the tech package.
And I would basically minus it. Hyundai is becoming another Toyota, giving buyers who aren’t aspiring racers a whale of a lot of car for a modest price, all screwed together just about as well as Japan’s largest automaker.
When you think back to the first Hyundais, that is nothing short of amazing.