Overall: For buyers wanting more Hyundai-style luxury, but don’t want Genesis payements, the Azera is worthy of your consideration.
Drivetrain: A 293-horsepower V6 that’s connected to a six-speed automatic transmission is your only choice.
Full-on luxury-ness at reasonable price is what drives Hyundai Equus and Genesis sedans and the Azera also fits into that mold, perfectly. The Azera is based on the Sonata platform and is closely aligned with that car in size and passenger/cargo volume. However the Sonata has only four-cylinder engines available — albeit reasonably powerful and fuel-efficient ones — while the Azera comes standard with a 293-horspower V6 that’s connected to a six-speed automatic transmission. Other pluses in the Azera’s favor include the attractive upscale design (that was refreshed for the 2015 model year) and its impressive level of standard content. For about $35,000 you get dual-zone climate control, a leather-covered interior, a rearview camera and heated front seats with 10-way power driver’s chair. For 2015, Hyundai bolstered the base model by adding features that were previously exclusive to the Limited. They included a navigation system with eight-inch touch-screen, upgraded telematics and WiFi capability (with subscription). The Limited’s content now consists a 12-way power driver’s seat with power extending cushion, heated rear seats and a 14-speaker “Logic 7” surround-sound audio. You can also order a panorama glass roof, manual side- and power rear-window sunshades, rear parking assist and 19-inch wheels (18s are standard). As for safety, Azera comes with nine airbags, including a driver’s knee cushion.