Have you noticed the dramatic increase in Hyundais tooling down LA streets and freeways in recent years? The Azera currently does not enjoy as much brand recognition as the popular mid-sized Sonata or its larger and more luxurious cousin, the Genesis, but that may change in the upcoming year. For those not familiar with the Azera, it stands midway in size, features, and price between the Sonata and Genesis. On December 19, Hyundai Motor America announced a significant drop in the Azera’s base price: $1,250: An amount that may go a long way in the purchase of Christmas—or Holiday gifts. The entry-level Azera can now be had for $31,000 and the Azera Limited can be had for $34,750. Both versions have a 293 HP 3.3 L GDI V6 under the hood that has an estimated 19 MPG city and 29 MPG highway.
Hyundai notes that, in addition to the price drop, significant new features have been added to the 2014 Azera.
The new base Azera is equipped with a new six inch color LCD audio display, rearview backup camera, driver blind-spot mirror, and three years of Hyundai’s Assurance Connected Care services. The new Limited version has a new eight inch navigation system and new electroluminescent gauge cluster with color LCD trip computer and power-folding side mirrors. Steering feel and precision has been refined in both models.
Hyundai’s telematics services program, Assurance Connected Care, is standard for three years on the 2014 Azera. This program provides proactive safety and car care services via the Hyundai Blue Link telematics system. These services include: Automatic Collision Notification, Enhanced Roadside Assistance, Automatic Diagnostic Trouble Code Notification, Monthly Vehicle Health Report and in-vehicle Car Care maintenance scheduling. In addition,
Hyundai has introduced an all-new mobile application for the Blue Link telematics platform. This application allows subscribers to remotely access various optional Blue Link features and services via compatible mobile devices. Hyundai notes that this app has been completely redesigned and significantly enhanced from the previous version; it encompasses a new user experience, faster navigation, and innovative new features. Apple iOS and Google Android users can download the app today from Google Play or Apple iTunes. In addition, a BlackBerry version is available.
Although the Azera is not as luxurious as the Genesis, it has plenty of bling. Standard on both Azera models is leather seating. Other impressive features include an optional panoramic sunroof, which allows more natural light into the cabin and 3D Carbon interior accents. The driver’s seat contains a 10-way power driver, while the front passenger seat contains an 8-way power driver. The driver’s seat has an optional cushion extension and an integrated memory system for the seat, steering wheel column and side mirrors. Other available luxury equipment includes a power rear sunshade and manual rear side window shades. The side shades can be conveniently tucked away when not in use. The cabin is roomy cabin with more than 45 inches of legroom and 40 inches of headroom for front seat passengers.
If you are in the market for a slightly larger and more vehicle than the Sonata, check out the 2014 Azera. Further information can be found at this link.