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2013 Hyundai Azera

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2013 Hyundai Azera Review

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KBB Expert Rating: 7.7

Inside and out, the all-new-last-year Hyundai Azera is, in 2013, 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. The Azera's appearance moves it toward the sportier side of the category but makes promises its chassis can't keep, with ride and handling that are average at best. That may or may not be a problem for any given shopper, and it just makes a good case for taking a long and critical test drive before buying. It if feels okay to you, great, because from a bang-for-the-buck perspective, the 2013 Azera is untouchable.

You'll Like This Car If...

It's stylish, powerful and fuel-efficient, yet the 2013 Hyundai Azera's strongest competitive advantage is its unique combination of features and value. If you like modern goodies and saving a buck, start your large-sedan search here.

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 point. If you demand a highway ride that is controlled and well-damped, you'll probably want to look elsewhere.

KBB Expert Ratings

  • 7.7
  • 6.8
  • 8.2
  • 8.4
  • 7.2
  • N/A
How It Ranks

#29

out of 33

Fuel Economy

#4

out of 33

Horsepower
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Consumer Rating

9.7 out of 10
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2013 Hyundai Azera Low/wide front photo What's New for 2013

The Azera was completely reinvented just last year, and for 2013, there are no changes except for a 1-mpg improvement in the car's EPA highway rating, to 29 mpg.

Driving the Azera
2013 Hyundai Azera Front angle view photo

Driving Impressions There's no question the big Hyundai Azera is comfortable and its 293-horsepower V6 engine and 6-speed automatic transmission are smooth and responsive. But depending on your expectations, overall ride and...

handling may be an issue. The electric power steering lacks feel and the suspension is not completely poised over rough surfaces. The 19-inch wheels and tires that come in the otherwise desirable Technology Package add some harshness without a big payback in grip. Do these shortcomings amount to deal breakers? Not for most buyers, but be sure to take a good long test drive.
Favorite Features

STANDARD EQUIPMENT
One of our favorite features is actually a collection of many: The Azera's roster of standard features is really quite striking.

CLIMATE-CONTROLLED SEATING
Heated front seats are increasingly common across all segments, but the 2013 Hyundai Azera's ventilated, cooled front seats and its even rarer heated rear seats are nice touches.

2013 Hyundai Azera Details
2013 Hyundai Azera Dashboard, center console, gear shifter view photo Interior

Especially when upgraded with the Technology Package, the 2013 Hyundai Azera's passenger cabin pretty much tops its class and even puts pressure on some well-established luxury cars. 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. The Technology package adds a moonroof, memory for the driver's seat (plus outside mirrors and steering column), a 14-speaker Infinity audio system and rear sunshades.

Exterior
2013 Hyundai Azera photo

Hyundai calls its current styling theme "Fluidic Sculpture," and the rakish 2013 Azera is a fine example. Aggressive sheetmetal with bold character lines in the flanks, integrated exhaust outlets and crisp LED lighting all around – daytime running lights, taillights and side-mirror-integrated turn indicators – contribute to the Azera's sporty, class-above charisma.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

The 2013 Hyundai Azera has one of the category's higher starting sticker prices – $33,125 with destination – but also boasts the most impressive list of standard equipment. Highlights include a navigation system with 7-inch screen and rearview 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.

Optional Equipment

We're big fans of simplified pricing structures, and the 2013 Hyundai Azera's is about as simple as they come. Do you want the Technology Package? That's the only question, as all the available options are bundled into that one group. For another $4,000 – a grand total of $37,125 – you add 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
2013 Hyundai Azera Engine photo

The 2013 Hyundai Azera features a strong 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, and one of the most efficient; that EPA highway estimate of 29 mpg, in particular, is notable considering the power of the engine and the size of the car it has to move.

3.3-liter V6
293 horsepower @ 6,400 rpm
255 lb-ft of torque @ 5,200 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 20/29 mpg

Pricing Notes

The Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) for the 2013 Hyundai Azera starts at $33,125. The $4,000 Technology Package (sunroof, 19-inch wheels, audio upgrade and more) is the sole option. Check KBB.com's Fair Purchase Price to see what Hyundai Azera buyers are paying in your area. For a while, even well after the vehicles became good, Hyundais suffered from poor residual values but those days are largely gone. The 2013 Hyundai Azera is projected to hold its resale value well, about even with Nissan's Maxima, slightly behind Ford's Taurus but a little ahead of Toyota's Avalon.

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2013 Hyundai Azera Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
9.7
Out of 10

Based on 28 Ratings for the 2012 - 2014 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    9.8/10
    Quality
    9.8/10
  • Reliability
    9.7/10
    Performance
    8.9/10
  • Comfort
    9.8/10
    Styling
    9.9/10

Great car! Poor handling.

By on Sunday, March 23, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 8,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
6/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 5

"Car is beautiful. Only complaint is electric steering causes car to drift out of lane. Constant correction is necessary to keep in place and inside lanes. Very tiresome on long trips."

2 people out of 3 found this review helpful

Awesome Car

By on Friday, March 14, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 20,000

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

"Love this car! Smooth driving vehicle, great performance and handling. Comfortable interior, very roomy...lots of leg room."

Great value, Excellent performance, Beautiful Car

By on Sunday, March 09, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 19,200

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 value, economic on gas, great performance"

Cons: "Not so great in harsh winter weather"

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

"The 2013 Azera is a beautiful vehicle. I purchased it brand new. I have been very pleased with the performance, comfort and gas mileage. It would be even better in Western Michigan winters if it had all wheel drive. I plan to continue driving this vehicle for a long time."

Best car I ever had

By on Wednesday, January 29, 2014

I don't own this car

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: "gas mileage is usually 25 mpg all around driving."

Cons: "no cons"

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

"I lease this car. I had it a year and a half so far. I love it. I love it so much I will buy it at the end of the lease if I don't lease another one. (five year bumper to bumper warranty. Will still have two years to go at the end of the lease."

4 people out of 7 found this review helpful

Beautiful handling roomy interior best ever

By on Tuesday, January 14, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 7,300

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 car, fun to drive, worth the money"

Cons: "I have none"

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

"This is a luxury car with navigation and technology systems, back up camera. Well appointed roomy interior, comfortably seats five adults with leg room and head rests. Leather interior and a cinch to park. One of the best vehicles I've ever owned and I've had Lincoln Continental in the past."

Great value for a car with all of these anemities!

By on Saturday, December 28, 2013

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 14,000

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
9/10

Pros: "Great price and dependability."

Cons: "Some wind noise, steering."

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

Before delivery 2012-04

"So far there have been no mechanical or other problems. Steering is not as precise as I would prefer. Road noise is slightly more that the 2007 Lexus ES350 I owned. Good looking car with a great and comfortable interior."

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

Before delivery 2012-04

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