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2008 Hyundai Azera

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2008 Hyundai Azera Review

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Who would have thought the company that brought us the lackluster Excel subcompact two decades ago would now be building a car to rival some of the best near-luxury sedans in America? Hyundai's evolution from an entry-level upstart to a full-line manufacturer of quality automobiles is nothing short of amazing and culminates with its latest achievement, the 2008 Azera. Designed to compete with the Buick Lucerne and Toyota Avalon, the Azera offers an impressive array of features, including a huge rear seat and a choice of two strong V6 engines, and all at an unbeatable price. One of the most powerful Hyundais ever built, the company takes pride in pointing out the Azera Limited equipped with the 3.8-liter V6 offers more standard horsepower than the BMW 528i or Buick LaCrosse.

You'll Like This Car If...

If getting the most bang for your buck is more important than the name affixed to your next car's trunk, the 2008 Hyundai Azera is for you. It offers a spacious ride with high-end amenities at a fair price. It's a family-friendly sedan with performance and style.

You May Not Like This Car If...

If you are going to be driving long distances a lot of the time, you may want to shop around. We found the ride quality and cabin noise to be among the lesser of the Azera's many qualities.

What's New for 2008

Along with an enhanced suspension, the GLS has 17-inch alloy wheels and body-colored rocker panels, while the Limited gets a power sunroof, side-mirror turn signals and an Infinity sound system. The SE trim has been discontinued.

Driving the Azera

Driving Impressions The 2008 Hyundai Azera equipped with the 3.8-liter engine has the kind of remarkable acceleration that can get you going quickly and easily. When we found ourselves in a sudden...

traffic jam on a bridge, the brakes were strong, sure and precise. The Azera also handled well in parking situations and was agile to maneuver. We thought the suspension, however, was a little bouncy and a little harsh, and the cabin had a bit too much noise. On the other hand, the visibility is excellent, engine response terrific and we like the manual-shift mode of the automatic.

Style
The Hyundai Azera has lovely lines and a classy look. We like the performance of this vehicle. We know it's not a sports car, but the engine has a sweet sound that perfectly matches its response.

Power Rear Sunshade
One very interesting and thoughtful feature on the Limited Edition is the rear sunshade that automatically rolls up when the car is in reverse gear, so you can see what's behind you.

2008 Hyundai Azera Details
Interior

The 2008 Hyundai Azera GLS uses a suede-like seat-surface material that could pass for the real deal and is just as soft to the touch. The Limited Edition adds plush leather seating surfaces and just the right aesthetic touches of wood trim. The cabin is comfortably cozy but has a big, open feeling. The beige interior -- beige-on-beige with unexciting vinyl -- is not exactly stimulating, but the soft curved shapes of the dash are easy on the eyes and the controls are simple to understand and operate. The rear seat is roomy enough for three, with a 40/60-split seatback that pulls down easily for additional storage. The trunk is huge, with enough room to accommodate a family's worth of summer vacation luggage or a couple of sets of golf clubs.

Exterior

Drawing on the increasingly sophisticated Hyundai design lines, the Azera's profile wouldn't look out of place in a line-up of more expensive Lexus or Mercedes models. The Azera has look-at-me appeal, with a squared-off rear end and wraparound bank of LED taillights that spell drama and a front that forms into a stylish V with all lines flowing smoothly. The form is classic and looks expensive.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

The Azera GLS's impressive list of standard features includes a 3.3-liter DOHC V6 engine with 234 horsepower, five-speed automatic with SHIFTRONIC manual control, electronic stability control and traction control. Eight airbags, active front head restraints, LED tail and brake lamps and a six-speaker AM/FM/CD audio system with MP3 capability add to the mix. The Azera Limited receives a 3.8-liter V6, leather-trimmed seating with heated front seats, a power sunroof, 315-watt Infinity sound system with six-disc in-dash CD changer and 10 speakers, wood trim on the steering wheel and a power rear sunshade.

Optional Equipment

The GLS options list includes the Premium Package, which adds leather seating, heated front seats and a power sunroof. The Azera Limited offers navigation (the navigation screen replaces the six-disc CD changer), 605-watt Logic 7 Surround Sound audio, power-adjustable steering wheel, power-adjustable pedals, rain-sensing wipers and an integrated memory system for the driver's seat, mirrors and steering wheel.

Under the Hood

The standard 3.3-liter V6 may not be as powerful as the available 3.8-liter, but it does offer acceptable levels of performance and smoothness. If you can swing the extra cost, the all-aluminum 3.8-liter DOHC V6 engine, which delivers 263 horsepower and 257 pound-feet of torque, is the best choice. The engine uses continuously variable valve timing (CVVT) and a variable intake system, which helps the cylinders breathe efficiently at low and high rpm. It has an alloy block and cylinder heads for light weight and overall efficiency, and is coupled with a five-speed automatic transmission, with SHIFTRONIC manual control, that includes a fifth gear for highway cruising.

3.3-liter V6
234 horsepower @ 6000 rpm
226 lb.-ft. of torque @ 3500 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 18/26

3.8-liter V6
263 horsepower @ 6000 rpm
257 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4500 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 17/26

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2008 Hyundai Azera Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
9.2
Out of 10

Based on 236 Ratings for the 2006 - 2011 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    9.3/10
    Quality
    9.3/10
  • Reliability
    9.5/10
    Performance
    9.5/10
  • Comfort
    9.4/10
    Styling
    9.5/10

worst car ever

By on Monday, October 13, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 85,000

10 3.0
overall rating 3 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
3/10
Value
5/10
Reliability
4/10
Quality
4/10
Performance
Not Rated
Styling
Not Rated
Comfort
2/10

Cons: "auto windows stopped working, rear curtain stopped"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1

"I purchased this car used, from the get go I brought it back to the dealer for many issues all of which NEVER got fixed. Car has sever electrical issues, I can not roll the windows down without loosing power, the rear curtain stopped working as it was going up, getting stuck half way. This is a common occurrence. Car is suppose to be a high end car but the interior feels as if it was a cheap toy bought at the dollar store. Handing reminds me of a car out of the 70's, mpg is only 12 -15, I expected more from a 2007. The car's ride is awful, you feel every dip and bump in the road, I have hit my head more times in this car than all my years of driving. This is by far the worst car I ever owned."

2 people out of 4 found this review helpful

Great car, I'd buy another in a heartbeat

By on Sunday, June 22, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 90,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Nice riding, confortable, good value"

Cons: "Clock hard to see, keys expensive & wear down."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"When I was shopping the main competition was the Avalon, and Camry but went with the Anzera based on price. Great decision! I've only used Mobile 1 oil, and have had no mechanical problems. I replaced brakes about 60,000 miles, and after about 5 years or ownership the back screen stopped working. Get about 21.3 MPG day to day (17 miles to work, most highway) and 25.5 on the highway until I hit LA and the 405!! When i brought it in for the 60K check-up the service manager said based on condition it would likely run well for 250K. That's great because I want this one to last at least another 5 years so I can buy a new one just before entering retirement! That retirement car will most likely be another Hyundai."

9 people out of 17 found this review helpful

A++

By on Saturday, June 21, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 130,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
8/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"I bought new in 06/07, I now have 130k miles on it. I have just replaced original brakes at 100k, on 3rd set of tires, and had a belt come loose which cost $350 but that is it! Only complaints are from older people that say it is too low to the ground and cant get in it very well. Very quiet! Would definitely recommend!"

2 people out of 2 found this review helpful

Great looking car both inside and out.

By on Saturday, June 21, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 32,435

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Luxury without the high price"

Cons: "Suspension could be a little tighter."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"The engine is a power house. All features work and are reliable. The dashboard is the nicest I have ever seen. Nicer than the ones I've seen on the so called Luxury models. Also has both multi CD and tape player, rarely seen in any other cars."

1 person out of 3 found this review helpful

Excellent vehicle for the price. Very few problems

By on Tuesday, May 13, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 69,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Very reliable"

Cons: "Gas mileage could be better."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"As far as value for the dollar this car is unbeatable. I did my research before I purchased and the Azera lives up to its reputation. I can't remember any problems that this car has given me. I keep up with Hyundai maintenance schedule and the car just runs. We have taken the Azera on several long distance trips without the discomfort I've experienced with other vehicles. The car is quiet and has a smooth ride. We've owned the car for 7 years now and when it comes time to trade it in we will be purchasing another Azera. Absolutely a keeper!"

3 people out of 3 found this review helpful

Satisfied

By on Wednesday, April 16, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 106,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Strong V6, Comfortable, Great value"

Cons: "Gas, Faulty gadgets"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"Just bought a used 06' azera limited with 106,000 miles on it. I did a lot of research before making my decision but now that I have the car I'm glad I pulled the trigger. First thing I noticed.... powerful. Love it. The engine isn't completely silent, but it's to be expected from a car with over 100,000 miles. Very comfortable interior. Decent handling, not a sports car, but it holds its own. My advice to anyone looking into this car: do your research and read people's reviews. 99% of what people said turned out to be true....both the good and bad. Overall, very satisfied with the purchase"

9 people out of 11 found this review helpful

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