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2011 Hyundai Azera

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2011 Hyundai Azera Review

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KBB Expert Rating: 7.5

Hyundai's evolution from an entry-level upstart to a full-line manufacturer of quality automobiles is nothing short of amazing, as evidenced by the 2011 Azera. Designed to compete with the Buick Lucerne and Toyota Avalon, the Azera offers a desirable 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 V6 Hyundai has ever built, the company takes pride in pointing out the Azera Limited equipped with the 3.8-liter engine offers more standard horsepower than the BMW 528i.

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 2011 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.

What's New for 2011

For 2011, improvements to both V6 engines provide more power and better fuel economy, while a new six-speed automatic replaces last year's five-speed unit. Other minor enhancements include revised front and rear fascias, new alloy wheels and the addition of Hyundai's EZ Lane Change Assist one-touch triple turn signal stalk.

Driving the Azera

Driving Impressions The 2011 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 a 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.

Value
The Hyundai Azera offers a lot of features and power for not a lot out-of-pocket expense.

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.

2011 Hyundai Azera Details
Interior

The 2011 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
2011 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 bank of LED taillights that spell drama, and a front that forms into a stylish V with all lines flowing smoothly. The Azera's attention to detail can be seen in its smaller design elements, such as the LED accent lighting surrounding the front headlamps, clear lens integrated side mirror turn signals, and the tastefully restrained chrome trim on the grille and rear trunk lid. 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 260 horsepower, six-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 283-horsepower 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, USB/auxiliary audio inputs, power folding side mirrors with integrated turn signals, power tilt/telescopic steering wheel, wood trim on the steering wheel, 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 283 horsepower and 263 pound-feet of torque, is the best choice. Both engines use Hyundai's new Dual Continuously Variable Valve Timing (DCVVT) and a variable intake system, which helps each cylinder to breathe more efficiently at low and high rpm. They have an alloy block and cylinder heads for light weight and overall efficiency, and is coupled with a six-speed automatic transmission, with SHIFTRONIC manual control, that includes a sixth gear for highway cruising.

3.3-liter V6
260 horsepower @ 6200 rpm
233 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4500 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 20/28

3.8-liter V6
283 horsepower @ 6200 rpm
263 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4500 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 19/27

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2011 Hyundai Azera Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
9.3
Out of 10

Based on 243 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

Has been a dependable car .

By on Sunday, May 03, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 35,000

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
10/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "A car that does not need anything."

Cons: "It is 5 years old"

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

"This has been a very nice car and trouble free for all the years we have owned it. The car was purchased as new from a Dealer with only my wife and I as drivers. We have 2 vehicles now and no longer do that much driving, so we are thinking of selling it and just keeping one car for all around use."

6 people out of 20 found this review helpful

Best car I ever owned

By on Wednesday, January 14, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 150,000

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
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Dependable, comfortable, handles great"

Cons: "None"

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

"Absolutely no problems with this car - religiously serviced it. Biggest fixes - brake jobs but to be expected."

4 people out of 12 found this review helpful

Not sure if I ever rode a more comfortable car.

By on Tuesday, December 09, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 99,000

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: "Great ride, very smooth and strong"

Cons: "remote stopped working and speedometer iffy"

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

"Love the car, the V6 is super strong and very smooth and quiet. The interior is plush with surprising extra such as the sun screen for the back window and auto turning mirrors when you are backing up."

2 people out of 7 found this review helpful

Great Car. Needs minor design changes.

By on Saturday, December 06, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 46,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
Not Rated
Reliability
Not Rated
Quality
Not Rated
Performance
Not Rated
Styling
Not Rated
Comfort
Not Rated

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

"Can't read some dash displays. Needs better background color. Driver seat adjustments re steering wheel placement needs improvement. Needs increased headroom for door opening."

7 people out of 14 found this review helpful

Great car, great feature/value mix

By on Saturday, November 22, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 92,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Features and value"

Cons: "Tire wear"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8

"This is an awesome car for the price. You get a ton of features usually only available in higher end cars. It has a great ride and is comfortable to drive. The one design flaw has to do with the tires. You need to absolutely rotate them EVERY oil change to keep them even. Otherwise, the inside quarter of the tire wears out well ahead of when it should. It cost me a set of tires to learn this. Per the dealer, it is aligned, balanced,etc and that's just the way the car is designed. If you rotate them, you're fine."

10 people out of 13 found this review helpful

Would buy Hyundai again!

By on Saturday, October 18, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 96,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Great car for a great price, very reliable"

Cons: "small cup holders; original wheels poor"

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

"My first Hyundai purchase and I haven't been disappointed. This car is comfortable, has all the bells and whistles I need and then some. I just wish Hyundai would offer it with AWD. Love having separate front seat heater controls and A/C controls. Hyundai needs to figure out a way to reduce road noise, tho."

7 people out of 13 found this review helpful

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