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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 60 Ratings for the 2012 - 2016 models.

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  • Value
    9.1/10
    Quality
    9.3/10
  • Reliability
    9.4/10
    Performance
    8.4/10
  • Comfort
    9.3/10
    Styling
    9.5/10

Love Love Love this vehicle

By on Friday, April 1, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 37,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Drives like a dream. Roomy, Comfort, Great price"

Cons: "The GPS isn't super user freindly"

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

"The 2012 Hyundai Azera has everything I need and want in a car. I love the roomy interior and it gorgeous design inside and out. This one has all the bells and whistles. It is a head turner everywhere I go. The 2012-2016 Azera is a rare one to see on the roads here, which make me love it all the more. My last car was a 2005 Hyundai Sonata GLS and it gave me ten great years of use. Hyundai has come a long way in recent years and I will continue to be a loyal Hyundai Driver."

4 people out of 5 found this review helpful

best hyundia, better than genesis

By on Friday, March 25, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 60,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
Not Rated
Reliability
9/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "a zillion air bags plenty of seat room,sexy(blk)"

Cons: "noisy engine (lifters)"

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

"I've had car for two years and the only problems I have had are: (1) replaced a serpentine belt tensioner and (2) replaced a SRS sensor in right passenger seat. I have had to have the panoramic sunroof lubricated a couple of times but other than that, this car is beautiful. It is noisy at start-up, I have been told it is the lifters and not anything serious. Lucas synthetic oil additive has quieted the clanking at start-up. I love this car! It looks better than the Genesis and being a six cylinder has enough HP to getty-up and GO! It has so many amenities, you don't know what your missing, until you have them. I love the eyebrow LCD headlights it really makes the car distinctive. I avg about 25MPG, but I drive like a nascar driver.I have tried different tires on this car(all expensive)the longest lasting best traction tires I have found to be the Bridgestone Potenza RE970AS(pole position)"

4 people out of 7 found this review helpful

Love my NEW 2014 AZERA.......

By on Saturday, December 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
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

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

"Went to the dealership to look at the Sonata, since I had narrowed my choices (wanted quality, style, warranty and good pricing. Getting out of a 2012 Cadillac CTS Coupe, that was a lease and I couldn't see out of it well (I am 5'-4"), it didn't have a backup camera and the gas mileage was killing me). I go into the show room and there it is.......the prettiest red metallic car with chrome and neat black roof, good looking wheels and when I opened the door I was awed. Two tone camel leather and dark brown accents and more chrome. Turns out it was an AZERA, which I had never heard of or noticed, but I was noticing this one. The salesman told me all the features and that this one was actually a 2014 with 37 miles on it and he could make me a DEAL. I called my fiancee and had him come and see this beauty (HE IS A CAR GUY). He agreed it was great looking and sporty, and he got all the specs, cost, etc. We ended up getting the dealer to buy out the lease, put several thousand $ on top of that towards the new car and got a great price and we drove it home that day (I have great credit, so that really helped). We just put @5,000 trouble free miles on this beauty (my man, put leather cream all over the camel colored leather to make it withstand spills, waxed it and it still stands out in the crowd. It gets GREAT gas mileage and all the options, interior LED lighting accents, fold up side mirrows....all things my Cadillac didn't have at a lot less money with a great warranty. Drives and runs like a dream."

16 people out of 16 found this review helpful

Great car with assets and a value for price.

By on Thursday, December 17, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 17,800

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Great features and value for purchase price."

Cons: "Steering is soso and getting in and out"

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

"The car overall is great. Wonderful stereo great seats, and comfortable. The only negative is that I am over 6' tall and getting in and out is a problem. Upon exiting it's like stepping up to get out."

13 people out of 15 found this review helpful

Great highway cruiser, mediocre driving character

By on Thursday, November 26, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 28,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
5/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Comfortable, quiet, great mileage, well equipped"

Cons: "Not fun to drive, lousy GPS"

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

"This may be the best car you have never heard of. Very few have been sold because they are not promoted and are priced in an odd area between Sonata and Genesis. But make no mistake, this a fabulous car for the money. Depending on the year, you will get very very well equipped car for the price even if you buy the base model (GPS fell out of the base trim in some years). And this thing is so super comfortable on long highway trips, I call it my rolling Barcalounger. Very quiet too. And super stable in rain. Styling is very subjective but I frankly love the look too. The swoopy lines of the 2012 through current model are very appealing, although some will dislike that it looks too much like the pre 2014 Sonota. There are only a few big gripes. The GPS is complete garbage. Super slow. Voice commands are rarely understood. The interface is a confusing mess that makes it almost impossible to do even the most routine routing. A five year old Garmin is far superior and far more advanced technologically. The Azera GPS will get you there but only if you have infinite patience. And I don't even want to talk about the ridiculous $170 a year map updates (free on most Garmins...for life). The other issue most comment on is the driving character, which is admittedly lacking. Having come from a tightly spring Honda, driving this thing was akin to steering an aircraft carrier. Ponderous, mushy and imprecise steering, prone to drift on long straightaways. It's not a fun car to drive. But it is so comfortable, you might not mind."

9 people out of 15 found this review helpful

Hyundai from a Lincoln

By on Saturday, October 10, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 2,100

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 looks, interior, sun roof & mileage"

Cons: "None at all so far, just and awesome ride."

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

"I had never paid attention to the Hyundai AZERA until my wife and I went looking for a car to replace her 2012 Cadiallac CTS, which was a lease. Having read the great reviews on the Sonota, we went to see one, when she saw the Candy red metallic AZERA on the show room floor. Camel leather interior with all the options, great warranty and more bells and whistles than my top of the line Lincoln MKS Turbo. The 2014 looks exactly the same as the 2015, so we got an unbelievable deal on it and they took the Caddy in for a trade so we didn't have to mess with returning the leased car. So far, great gas mileage, great comfort, Serrius radio, Blue Link (like OnStar) and the interior is just awesome. Looks more like the interior of a Mercedes, with the LED lightign, great Nav system, BlueTooth etc. I would highly recommend this over the Sonata that we also drove,but no comparison."

20 people out of 28 found this review helpful

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