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Hyundai Azera, Sedan
#95 of 168 Re: Azera Ride Quality [kenb757]
Mar 24, 2012 (2:25 pm)
My May 2012 issue of Motor Trend arrived yesterday and there was a nice, big write up on the new Azera. The overall review was very good. It is available online here: Motor Trend 2012 Azera Test
In regards to the two posts above, the MT writer made this salient point: "Out in the real world, the Azera is proof positive that Hyundai has made strides -- albeit small ones -- to improve chassis dynamics".
Powertrains, ergonomics, style, comfort, and safety have all been addressed to make Hyundai/Kia vehicles as good as, or better than, the competition. The lone area where they are perceived to be a touch behind is chassis development. This is being addressed as noted above.
There's no reason to believe this area will lag for long, nothing else has with these guys. What they've done over the last 10 years in nothing short of astounding.
#96 of 168 Re: Competition [dodgeman07]
Mar 24, 2012 (7:41 pm)
Onstar turn by turn is not the same as having NAV and I don't believe it's free after the trial period. You only pay for NAV once.
#98 of 168 Re: Competition [m6user]
Mar 25, 2012 (2:26 am)
#99 of 168 Re: Azera Ride Quality [kenb757]
Mar 25, 2012 (4:50 am)
The Azera might be a nice car but it does not look good in pictures. Based on the Motor Trend and other pics I've seen so far the Azera looks bloated and without a distinctive personality unlike the Sonata and Elentra models that are sharp inside and out.
As to its competition I believe it is closer to the Impala and Taurus than the LaCrosse, TL, Avalon or MKS. It may have luxury pretentions but it is not in the class of the afore mentioned.
The Boston Globe this morning is reporting that the Azera is for the buyer coming out of a vehicle like the Sonata or the Accord who still wants front-wheel-drive without making the move to a rear-wheel-drive sedan like the Genesis. The article went on to say that persons of bulk will find ample seating in the Azera.
#100 of 168 Re: Azera Ride Quality [bwia]
Mar 25, 2012 (5:34 am)
Pictures don't do justice to this car. I attended the Chicago auto show in Feb. and spent a lot of time reviewing the Azera... and I'm sold. I also checked out competing models and still found the Azera to out rank them all. Yes this is a subjective approval but it's my opinion :=) I have owned several Hyundai products and had NO mechanical problems or problems with the dealer I used.
I'm waiting for the dealer to call me when it arrives so I can test drive the Azera.
#103 of 168 2012 Azera service manual
Mar 27, 2012 (9:24 am)
You can now view the repair manual for the 2012 Azera on www.hmaservice.com
#104 of 168 See and touch this thing first....
Mar 27, 2012 (1:03 pm)
Like the bulk of you, I read the MT article and the Edmunds review, as well as looked at the Hyundai website before I saw this car in the flesh at a dealership this past Saturday. As the driver of a 2011 Acura TL (yes, the one with the beak), I can tell you that the Azera in person is pretty awesome. The front of it is a little too Sonata like, and the sheetmetal kink over the rear wheel wells is a bit too Buick -- however, as a whole, the car looks great. And the interior quality and tactile feel of the surfaces is good enough to convert a 4 time Acura owner. The car I saw lacked the Tech pkg, but I'm feeling this car is definitely in the fight for FWD near luxury buyers. I'm hoping that the ride is comparable to my TL.
I'll give myself another year, but this is looking like my next car.