Hyundai has been a nameplate associated with great value in cars for some time now. The Hyundai lineup has consisted of several vehicles in the compact and mid-size segment that take on their competitors from Honda and Toyota. Though Hyundai typically falls a step or two short of competitive offerings from both Honda and Toyota, the Hyundai’s low price makes it an attractive option to its higher priced competitors.
Recently Hyundai has begun to offer more upscale vehicles. They now have vehicles that fit into the full size class and many of their products offer the luxury touches typically found on vehicles costing at least twice the asking price of the Hyundai. Hyundai’s recent improvement in both crash test safety and reliability make them attractive buys for many. The 2010 Hyundai Azera is a top notch offering from the company. Offering luxury and affordability in the same package is a rarity and the Azera excels at doing so.
The 2010 Hyundai Azera is a full size, near luxury vehicle. It starts with a base price ranging from $24,970 to $29,570. The vehicle is equipped with either a 3.3 liter V6 with 234 hp or a 3.8 liter V6 with 263 hp. All Azeras are equipped with a 5 speed automatic transmission which directs power to the front wheels.
Luxury options that buyers may select include an Infinity radio, a power tilt and telescoping steering wheel, electrically adjustable pedals, seat and mirror memory settings, and bluetooth connectivity. Aside from these optional features, buyers can expect many other standard and optional luxury items such as automatic climate control, leather seating, heated seats and so on.
The interior of the Azera features seating for five, with fit and finish well above average for the class. The interior is nicely trimmed throughout with many luxury touches and expensive looking materials in use. Controls are easy to use and the interior of the vehicle blocks out road and wind noise admirably. Along with a spacious rear seat, the Azera has generous cargo room and fold down seat backs for added versatility.
The Azera ride is commendable, but its handling is less than stellar. The vehicle is geared towards luxury, with no sporting intention. The vehicle returns 20 mpg on average with the 3.8 liter engine. This engine is a strong performer and the transmission shifts smoothly as expected.
Although luxury car buyers may not immediately think of Hyundai when shopping this class of vehicle, one thing is certain: Hyundai can make a competitive product for a fraction of the cost of prestigious automakers. For luxury car buyers on a budget, the Hyundai Azera is a great choice.