The 2013 Hyundai Azera sedan is the second generation with an all new design for this year. Today we tested the 2013 Hyundai Azera sedan, which is Hyundai's largest front-wheel drive offering, slated just below the Genesis rear-wheel drive sedan. It compares well with large cars like the Chevrolet Impala, Buick LaCrosse, and Toyota Avalon.
Our first impression is that Hyundai has really upped its game with the latest Azera adding new features, high impact options and a definitive styling. The exterior and interior are all new for 2013 as well as a much more refined powertrain.
Design and quality really came to the forefront when we first inspected our fully loaded Azera with the Technology Package. That brings you larger 19” wheel, panoramic glass roof, Xenon headlamps and top end stereo with navigation just to name a few.
Sitting behind the wheel the first impression is that Hyundai’s commitment to design has really elevated. Everywhere you look there is detail and pride. From the way the console curves up into the dash, and the way colors interplay to impress, you can tell the people who designed this car really cared.
The off-black camel colored dash and light contrasting leather treatment gives the feel of a top quality briefcase or handbag. The switchgear all around is designed with jewel like precision and really comes off well thought out.
A good example is the seat controls on the door panels with finely crafted buttons. They look and feel like they belong in something far more expensive. Part of the Technology Package there’s a soft lavender LED highlight glow at night which gives the cabin a nice aura.
Another home run is the infotainment and center stack controls. They’re so easy to pick up and start using. HVAC and stereo station changes are fast and easy to learn. There’s a large center knob for both the stereo volume and fan speed. Touch them for power on and off. Simple.
The touch screen controls work exceptionally well and the screen is easy to see and read at almost all times. The center stack has enough hard controls that you aren’t required to use the touchscreen unless you want. The steering wheel backs you up with additional redundancies too. Nice.
It’s amazing other luxury automakers haven’t figured out the secret to designing these driver interaction systems so well. This is still feature packed like the rest, with full touch screen capability. The difference is it doesn’t make you mad and frustrated behind the wheel. It just works.
On the road, the Azera is supple and comfortable. The ride is right in the sweet spot where you will find brands like Buick and Toyota. It’s not rough nor floaty, but right in the middle somewhere. Steering is a bit vague on center, but the chassis does respond tightly to steering commands.
The large 19” wheels on our tester which were part of the Technology Package had lower profile 40 series tires, and the good news is they didn’t seem to lessen the ride quality like many larger wheel combos do.
They do look great after all, anchoring the style of the Azera well. Looking across its flanks is easy on the eyes no matter which angle you approach it from. It goes to show you can’t go wrong with hiring the best designers and simply stay out of their way.
The 3.3 liter direct-injected V6 is also impressive in its power. With 293 horses and 255 lb-ft of torque, it provides just enough power for the large Azera. The engine has a nice sound that is neither too loud nor too distant. Pressed hard it’s never harsh
The six-speed automatic transmission delivers the power smoothy and with a refined manner that’s leaps and bounds from Hyundai vehicles of ten years ago. Like the Kia Cadenza we test drove last month, it amazed in the area of refinement.
Azera is rated at 20 mpg city, 29 mpg highway and 23 mpg combined. In our testing with the Azera, the best we could achieve was an average of 20.5 mpg combined, a good bit below the EPA estimate despite our light footed hyper-miling approach.
As tested, our 2013 Hyundai Azera was $37,225 including destination charges. The Azera base price for 2013 is $32,250. We found that the 2013 Hyundai Azera delivers a nicely polished package that's refined and enjoyable behind the wheel.