The 2007 hyundai azera is Hyundai's entry into the full-size, near-luxury sedan market. It is a worthy alternative to the Toyota Avalon and Nissan Maxima.
It offers a high-quality interior with premium materials, tight construction and a quiet, composed ride. It's also priced well below its competition and comes with an outstanding warranty.
The Azera looks quite nice, even though its styling is very similar to that of the new Hyundai Sonata. Its front fascia is rounded and topped by an upscale grille sporting traditional horizontal lines and a chrome accent bar, while its headlights look expensive.
Interior Comfort and Design
Inside the Azera is a sumptuous cabin whose dash sweeps back neatly into the door panels. It has easy-to-understand controls and handsome wood or metal-trimmed trim that gives it a very high-end look.
The 3.8-liter V-6 produces 263 horsepower and 255 pound-feet of torque, enough to get the Azera from 0-60 in 6.5 seconds. It's smooth and well muted, aided by variable valve timing and chain-driven overhead camshafts. The only gearbox, a 5-speed automatic, shifts smoothly on its own, or can be told to do so with the Shiftronic.
Driving the Azera is a pleasure, especially when you're doing it at a reasonable speed on two-lane roads or in stop-and-go traffic. The steering response is not razor sharp, but the Azera's balance is excellent and you won't be embarrassed to go at it.
The Azera is a solid contender against the likes of the Toyota Avalon, Ford Five-Hundred and Buick Lucerne. It starts at a reasonable price, slaps on a big V6 and throws in plenty of standard safety equipment. It's also very impressive in trunk space.