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2012 Hyundai Azera

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2012 Hyundai Azera Review

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Inside and out, the all-new 2012 Hyundai Azera is arguably the best-looking car in the large-sedan class. It's also among the most powerful and most fuel-efficient. It offers the best features (many of them standard) and still qualifies as a terrific value. If only it drove better. Moving Azera toward the sportier side of the category highlights suspension and steering shortcomings not uncommon in the Hyundai lineup – it's neither the most fun nor the softest-riding car in the class – but from a bang-for-the-buck perspective, the 2012 Azera is untouchable.

You'll Like This Car If...

It's stylish, powerful and fuel-efficient, but the 2012 Hyundai Azera's clearest competitive advantage is its unique combination of features and value. If you like modern goodies and saving a buck, start your large-sedan search at the Hyundai dealer.

You May Not Like This Car If...

The new Azera doesn't have the floaty, uncontrolled ride that afflicted its predecessor, but the suspension remains a weak spot. If you're all about highway ride – or struggle with occasional bouts of sport sedan grandeur, even – you can do better in the segment.

What's New for 2012

The Azera needed a total makeover, and Hyundai delivered. The name and the badge are essentially all that remain from the previous model.

Driving the Azera

Driving Impressions The least impressive thing about the 2012 Hyundai Azera – at least when fitted with the larger 19-inch wheels – is how it drives. The engine and transmission combination is...

smooth, responsive and powerful, but the Azera's ride, handling and steering all leave something to be desired. The large sedan manages road imperfections with less poise than its competitors, and the fuel-saving electric power steering system makes for a car/driver relationship with little chemistry. The Azera can leave you feeling exposed where you want cover, and out of touch when you want a direct connection. Do these shortcomings amount to deal breakers? Not for most buyers. Just be sure to take a good test drive, and consider the 18-inch wheels (you'll save some money when the time comes for new tires, too).

STANDARD EQUIPMENT
One of our favorite features is actually a collection of many: the new Azera's impressive roster of standard features.

CLIMATE-CONTROLLED SEATING
Heated front seats are increasingly common across all segments, but the 2012 Hyundai Azera's ventilated, cooling front seats and its even rarer heated rear seats are nice touches.

2012 Hyundai Azera Details
2012 Hyundai Azera photo Interior

Especially when upgraded with the Technology Package, the 2012 Hyundai Azera's passenger cabin isn't just the most appealing in the category, it puts some luxury cars to shame. It offers more convenience and infotainment technologies than any of its competitors, good front seats (not a Hyundai trademark) and nine airbags including a driver's knee airbag that helps keep the driver seated upright and properly positioned in case of impact.

Exterior
2012 Hyundai Azera photo

Stylish sheet metal, integrated exhaust outlets and crisp LED lighting all around – daytime running lights, taillights and side-mirror-integrated turn indicators – all contribute to the Azera's sporty, class-above charisma.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

The 2012 Hyundai Azera has one of the category's higher starting sticker prices – $32,875 with destination – but also boasts the most impressive list of standard equipment. Highlights include a navigation system with 7-inch screen and backup camera, keyless entry and push-button start, front and rear heated leather seats, BlueLink telematics with OnStar-like safety and convenience services, Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, plus iPod/USB and auxiliary audio ports. If you're not interested in all the high-tech goodness and don't want to pay for it, the 2012 Ford Taurus is available with fewer features starting at $26,350.

Optional Equipment

We're fans of simplified pricing setups, and the 2012 Hyundai Azera's is particularly uncomplicated. Either you go with the base model outlined above, or you spend another $4,000 – a grand total of $36,875 – for an appealing group of upgrades that includes a panoramic moonroof, ventilated (cooling) front seats, Infinity premium sound system, Xenon headlights, sunshades for all three rear windows, power driver's seat cushion extension (added thigh support for longer legs), seat position memory with power-adjustable steering wheel, rear parking sensors, and 19-inch wheels.

Under the Hood

The 2012 Hyundai Azera features a powerful and efficient 3.3-liter V6 engine that sends power to the front wheels via a 6-speed automatic transmission with a manual shift mode. It's among the category's more impressive powertrains.

3.3-liter V6
293 horsepower @ 6,400 rpm
255 lb-ft of torque @ 5,200 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 20/28 mpg

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2012 Hyundai Azera Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
9.1
Out of 10

Based on 43 Ratings for the 2012 - 2015 models.

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  • Value
    9.1/10
    Quality
    9.4/10
  • Reliability
    9.3/10
    Performance
    8.3/10
  • Comfort
    9.3/10
    Styling
    9.5/10

I have owned many autos. This baby is tops with me

By on Thursday, February 26, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 5,000

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: "A very enjoyable ride and love the acceleration."

Cons: "No cons here."

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

"Moving at 75mph at night on interstate. My headlights catch a sofa in the middle lane,which I was traveling, perpendicular to the road. My Azera Limited swung right around the sofa and stuck to the road beautifully and in full control. Folks, that is what I call fantastic stability and great driving dynamics.Plus the ride is very comfortable indeed."

2 people out of 2 found this review helpful

Poor handling constant vibrations and drifting.

By on Sunday, February 15, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 2,800

10 2.0
overall rating 2 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
2/10
Value
2/10
Reliability
1/10
Quality
1/10
Performance
1/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
1/10

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

"Bought a 2014 Limited and had it back in the dealer 4 days later for vibrations. Has been in the shop five times before the first payment and still no resolutions. Vibrations and drifting at highway speeds. The rougher the road the worse the vibrations. The vehicle does not conform well to the road. Has great features but the driving experience makes it a non pleasurable experience."

1 person out of 4 found this review helpful

Terrific car for the money.

By on Tuesday, November 18, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 52,000

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
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "value, performance, features, comfort, space"

Cons: "no significant complaints"

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

"My comments come after owning the car for 2.5 years, putting over 50K miles on it, and are calibrated considering my buy-in price of just a little over 31K new (plus tax etc). All the good remarks about room, features, comfort etc are right on the money. It's hard to imagine a more stylish and feature packed car in this price range. I don't understand the complaints about the steering and handling. I've been a very spirited driver my whole life and have no complaints about the balance that Hyundai struck between ride comfort and handling composure during hard cornering. Lean is well controlled and the suspension is very well damped, almost a little too much at times as the car has a firm ride, but I like that. The steering feels solid and well connected, and I have never noticed mine wandering like some others complain of. In fact the car goes very straight hands-off. The OEM tires have limits that can be found quickly, but the car exhibits very benign understeer that is typical of front drivers and it never does anything unexpected even when pushed hard. I once found myself mixed up with a large group of Corvette owners doing a club run up a windy mountain road. After 20 or 30 miles of fun, I found that the lowly Hyundai sedan had left most of them in the dust and was only behind a handful of the better/faster drivers in the club. I was very impressed with the car in general but definitely wishing for some sticky tires. Obviously I'm not trying to say that the car is a sport car beater, but I thought it did quite well for a large family sedan. I've done many long trips with this car and never once found it tiring in any way; in fact, quite the opposite, always found it comfortable and capable. Some of my trips include long stretches of remote two lane at very elevated speeds. The car is composed and confidence inspiring even cruising at speeds between 100-120 (only done when alone and visibility allows of course). I've had zero problems with the car since new. I only have two nitpicks that have to do with the engine/transmission tuning. One is that it runs rich under heavy acceleration and often leaves some black residue around the exhaust tips. I've asked the dealer about this but there is no update available. The second is that the shift performance could be sharper. With the go pedal mashed, you can actually feel the acceleration taper off slightly between shifts, as if engine timing is being reduced to limit torque during the shift. I think the car would be noticeably quicker and more fun to drive if they would allow the transmission to shift harder and keep full power on through the shifts. Other than those two minor things, I have no complaints with the car. I typically get 25 in town and 29-30 on the highway running about 80. Obviously there are better cars out there, and if you want a true sports sedan you should be looking at RWD, but you will write a much bigger check for them. For what it is and in this price range, the Azera is a great car."

20 people out of 28 found this review helpful

My favorite car I've ever had!

By on Tuesday, November 18, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 44,000

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

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

"I wanted a BMW or Mercedes because of the looks and features, but this car has given me everything that those cars have except the badge. I love the looks and the features are unbelievable."

5 people out of 6 found this review helpful

Great Deal for the Money!

By on Monday, November 17, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 30,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

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

"I bought my Azera in Aug 2012 new. I have not had one issue with it. Love the vented seats... lifesaver in the summer heat. It just rolled over 30,000 miles today and only been to the dealer once for a minor issue the tire light. My 3rd Hyundai and never had an issue with any of them. I would buy another one tomorrow."

4 people out of 7 found this review helpful

Poor performance for the money....

By on Wednesday, August 27, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 11,000

10 6.0
overall rating 6 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
6/10
Value
6/10
Reliability
8/10
Quality
7/10
Performance
1/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
7/10

Pros: "Car has a comparable look to an top end Mercedes."

Cons: "Drive it for a hundred miles and you are spent..."

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

"This is a flagship vehicle that has very poor performance. The most obvious is in the electric motor power steering. It is sluggish, wanders, must exert force to steering wheel to accomplish goal. Open highway demands an ever vigilant approach to driving because of the autos tendancy to float and wander. I've had it back to the dealership including a factory rep with the usual, "feels o.k. to me."To discover this issue at purchase I would of needed a much longer test period. We bought a car that looks great but performs terribly."

12 people out of 22 found this review helpful

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