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You are in the Hyundai Azera
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Hyundai Azera, Toyota Camry, Sedan
#1 of 46 Azera or Camry
May 15, 2006 (3:41 pm)
Looking to buy wife a new car and it has come down to the Azera and the 07 Camry. We have driven both a couple of different times. Since you guys are Azera drivers why should I buy one over a Camry?
#2 of 46 Re: Azera or Camry [1fastr]
May 15, 2006 (4:03 pm)
We're going to hook this up to the Camry posters to get their opinion as well.
#3 of 46 Re: Azera or Camry [1fastr]
May 15, 2006 (4:23 pm)
While both great cars, personally I would go for the Azera, with spacious interior, larger trunk, premium features, galore of safety features, unbeatable warranty, etc...not to mention one of the "best bang of the buck" vehicles out there...
#4 of 46 Azera vs Camry
May 15, 2006 (4:42 pm)
I gave serious consideration to the Azera before ordering an 07 XLE V6. A couple of what some people might consider "minor points" shot down the Azera:
Bad real world gas mileage.
Inability to change radio stations from the steering
No Satellite Radio
Poor trade in value
I drive 60,000 plus miles a year; & while "Minor" these points do make a difference when you spend this much time in the car. Hyundai makes a good car & is gaining on the rest of the world; but It's going to take them another model chance or so to catch up to Toyota & Honda.
#5 of 46 Re: Azera vs Camry [bobgwtw]
May 15, 2006 (8:56 pm)
There's an additional "feel" factor here to the points you made. 3 1/2 years ago I bought a Sonata with the insurance proceeds from my totaled '96 Accord. At the time, an '03 Accord was beyond my means and I thought the Sonata would be at least an acceptable substitute, if not an ideal one. To that end the Sonata hasn't disappointed; indeed it's served me well - but, while the Sonata does those things I require of personal transportation; the Accord just did them more predictably - its impeccable road manners always gave the impression the car was more like an extension of my own body. In short, I haven't been able to shake the driving pleasure the Accord provided and to which the Sonata just hasn't quite measured up. Real or intangible - it doesn't matter where strongly held perceptions are concerned. I'll continue driving the Sonata several more years, and though I can't lay claim to any clearer a chrystal ball than anyone else's, I just don't see myself in another Hyundai.
#6 of 46 Re: Azera vs Camry [bobgwtw]
May 16, 2006 (6:38 pm)
Haven't checked the real world MPG for the Azera & '07 Camry. I guess you do a large % of highway driving. How do the highway MPG's compare?
Radio requirements are minor, as you say, to some but major to others---all personal preference.
What I don't understand is your concern about trade-in value on a car that has no track record (Azera) vs a car with a great record. Maybe the Azera will be a winner or maybe a loser. I don't think it's realistic to compare the Azera to the XG 350. But, anyway, with driving 60K per year, you've got to get clobbered for high milage at trade-in time, whether the car is 1, 2 or 3 years old.
Not to try to give you a rough time, but for my own curiousity, what did you pay for your Camry and what do you expect it to be worth in trade in two years or whenever you expect to trade it?
Good luck with your new Camry.
#7 of 46 I purchased Azera instead of Camry
May 16, 2006 (9:52 pm)
I've read a lot about new Camry and saw it several times on the street, but never been inside of this car. The front design was a little bit strange to me but I already decided to buy a Camry and I took my wife and 2 kids together to Toyota dealer last Sunday. When I opened the door and looked inside, I'm so disappointed on the interior quality. This is not the Camry what I expected. I bought a Camry 10 years ago and the fabrics and the finish were so good at that time. 2007 Camry is acceptable on the outside design, but the inside finish is not the way it used to be. I can feel sharp edges on inside door handles. Cheap and flimsy temperature adjusting knobs and cheesy back seat cup holder made me not even want to test drive this Camry. Even my 11 years old kid said it's interior looked like a "Barbie Car."
I was looking for another car and found a Hyundai Azera. I never thought I'm going to buy a "Hyundai" for my next car because of the name brand. But when I took a look Azera in and out, I'm so impressed by it's finish quality. All the touches that I saw on past Toyota is now on this car, Azera. Car seat materials, ceiling fabrics, spacious interior, and every meticulous switches/buttons are very satisfactory. I took a test drive and it was so quiet and powerful. I purchased Azera SE on Sunday night and I'm very happy with my decision. If Toyota made Azera and Hyundai made Camry, I would say Azera should be at least twice more expensive than Camry. Everything is changing. We will see it...
#8 of 46 Re: Azera vs Camry [bhmr59]
May 18, 2006 (5:19 pm)
I Paid $28,000 OTD for the XLE V6 equipped w/everything except GPS, Didn't even think about the XG 350. I based the trade in factor on the trade in history of the 2 mfr's.
Yes, when I trade in 2-3 years I will take a hit for high mileage; It's a cost of doing business for me. As for trade in value, don't have a clue what it will be worth at trade time. The Azera us an unknown, the Camry brand has an excellent track record. While I don't know what it will be worth but I expect it to be considerably more than the Azera
Mileage? most Hyundai boards & blogs indicate the cars aren't great on mileage. The camry engine has fewer cubic inches, weighs less and, with the 6 speed transmission, it loafs on the highway where I spend most of my time. the EPA rating, for what It's worth also rates it 4 mpg better; so, yes, I do expect better mileage from the Camry than the Azera.
#9 of 46 Re: I purchased Azera instead of Camry [cookoo]
May 18, 2006 (5:43 pm)
I really like the look of the new Camry. On our first test drive of this car I to thought the interior was very "cheap" feeling. On our second drive my opinion of it was better. My wife is leaning towards the Azera, I am just having trouble getting past the "I'm buying a Hyundai" side of it. I am not worried about eventual trade in amounts as we will have the car for at least 5 or 6 years as I will probably use it as my daily driver in a couple of years and get my wife something else (again) then. I guess we will just have to drive them both one more time and see which one seems to give the most "bang for the buck".
#10 of 46 Re: Azera vs Camry [bobgwtw]
May 18, 2006 (7:57 pm)
That sounds like you got a great deal on your Camry.
One clarification: I meant to say that I didn't think the future resale value of an Azera 2 or 3 years from now could be projected based on the present resale value of a 2 or 3 year old XG350.
If real world MPG is 4 mpg different, that's significant at your 60K per year!