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2010 Hyundai Azera

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2010 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 rivaling 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 one of its newest achievements, the 2010 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, 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.

You'll Like This Car If...

If getting the biggest bang for your buck is more important than the name affixed to your next car's trunk, the 2010 Hyundai Azera may be your next vehicle. It offers a spacious interior, supple ride and high-end amenities at a value price.

You May Not Like This Car If...

If you believe status symbols are worth the extra cash, the Azera's Hyundai logo won't impress like one from BMW, Mercedes or Cadillac and it's resale value is less than most of its competitor's.

What's New for 2010

To further differentiate the Limited trim from the base GLS, many of last year's Ultimate package features are now part of the Limited's standard equipment roster. Additions include a power tilt/telescopic steering wheel, integrated memory function for the driver's seat, mirrors and steering wheel, as well as a wood-trimmed steering wheel and door pulls.

Driving the Azera

Driving Impressions The 2010 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, 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 somewhat harsh on broken pavement; we also feel that for a near-luxury model the cabin had a bit too much road 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 strong lines and a timeless look. We wouldn't be surprised if passer-by din't think this car had a Lexus or Mercedes badge before discovering the Azera's Korean heritage.

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.

2010 Hyundai Azera Details
2010 Hyundai Azera photo Interior

The 2010 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 and 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
2010 Hyundai Azera photo

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 LED taillights that spell drama, while the front-end forms 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 with 10 speakers and USB/auxiliary audio inputs, power-folding side mirrors with integrated turn signals, power tilt/telescopic steering wheel with wood trim, a power rear sunshade and memory for the driver's seat, mirrors and steering wheel.

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 the Navigation Package, which adds an Infinity 605-watt Logic 7 Surround Sound audio system combined with an LG navigation unit.

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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2010 Hyundai Azera Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
9.3
Out of 10

Based on 234 Ratings for the 2006 - 2011 models.

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

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 16 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!"

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."

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!"

1 person out of 1 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"

8 people out of 10 found this review helpful

best vehicle ever!!

By on Saturday, April 12, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 50,000

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: "everything else"

Cons: "a lttle hard on gas."

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

"I cannot say enough good things about this car. From the ride to the snow capabilities!! excellent job done by Hyundai!"

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