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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.
Favorite Features

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
9.2
Out of 10

Based on 229 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

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"

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!"

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!"

This car has been a wonderful surprise!

By on Friday, April 04, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 110,000

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
8/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Roomy, trustworthy and still a beauty."

Cons: "Due to it's age, lacks a navigation system."

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

"Can't imagine a car from any "luxury" brand being more reliable and durable than this car. Have always leased cars for the standard 3 yr. duration and turned them back in at the end of the lease term. This was the 1st car I bought at the lease end because I liked it so much, had so much luck with it in those 1st 3 years and couldn't begin to find a new car that I wanted to live with for at least 3 years. At the time, I thought I would keep the Azera another 2 - 3 years but have ended up keeping it for 5 years. Comfortable ride, good mileage and I love the space of the interior and the cavernous trunk. Had all the available options on it when new and all of them are working as they did when new - almost 8 years later. I believe it is now time to move on and guess where I'll be going - to another Hyundai Azera!"

Beautiful Car, But What Terrible Quality

By on Sunday, January 26, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 66,000

10 4.0
overall rating 4 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
4/10
Value
7/10
Reliability
1/10
Quality
1/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "Nice looking"

Cons: "See multitude of problems above"

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

"I love the look of my car. The interior and exterior are well appointed. It is a substantial car with lots of safety features. Those are the Pros. The following are the cons: The black paint on the side of the rear windows is actually a plastic tape. Puckered and had to be done twice. Air bag light on when no one in seat. Finally fixed after 5 visits. Factory recall on seatbelt. Timing chain leaked and car turned off. No longer under warranty-$2000. Undercarriage fell off going 70 miles an hour and dragged on the ground. Later, second piece came off. Replaced neither. Latest problem not worth fixing is related to the timing chain tensioner. My mechanic said it would take thousands to fix. Not worth it, he states."

1 person out of 3 found this review helpful

5500 mile road trip with no issues! pure quality,

By on Thursday, October 24, 2013

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 65,666

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "so easy to drive, no new electronics to mess with,"

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

"i purchased this car for a 2400 mile cross country trip. After doing my homework on KBB, this was my first choice. I looked at Toyota, Honda and all the American cars, but this is such a steal for 6 cylinder sedans. The car performed flawless. I ran 10 hours a day for 8 days and always felt comfortable. Easy to drive and was able to get out of the way of trucks. Unfortunately my brother took it for a drive, and now it seems to get borrowed frequently!"

5 people out of 5 found this review helpful

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