This week we’re looking at the 2008 Hyundai Azera Limited. These Korean’s are beginning to amaze me. If they weren’t tainted by their Northern relatives there’s no telling how high they could climb up the ladder. South Korea, of course, is a perfect example of Capitalism in action. That alone is reason enough to support their efforts. The world is ever changing and it isn’t just us who are promoting their success. Their historical enemy, Japan, also has several of their cars assembled in Korea. What a turn of events, eh?
Just when I was going to say “it’s time for Americans to support American made products including automobiles”, I test drive this Korean made luxury car. To some, it is a contradiction in terms that a 3rd world country could or should produce a luxury car. But there it is, and it is entirely the product of that country. Impressive. “The gods must be Crazy”. Fun movie, by the way.
Parts – US/ Canadian 4%, Korea 93%. Engine and Transmission – Korea
Assembly – Asan, Korea
Class: – Midsize cars.
Cars: – Accent, Azera, Elantra, Entourage, Santa Fe, Sonata, Tiburon, Tucson & Veracruz.
Well it is becoming more confusing whether to drive or fly these days. Gas at nearly $4.00 a gallon prompts you to fly in many more cases. Then just when you made up your mind to do just that, the airline industry gets caught ignoring safety for profit. Ok, so they are falling like flies. Scary thought. It makes you want to drive all the more, in spite of the fact that it is still safer to fly. Well, in any case, I still hold to the guideline that if the trip is 500 miles or less – DRIVE. It is cheaper and faster and more convenient. And if you are traveling with one or more passengers all the better. Then you have a car when you get there. Another reason for driving can’t be ignored. It is a hassle getting through security.
And while I’m on that, remember the ABC expose that pointed out that airport security strip searches grandma and they take away her nail file that got picked up in the scan process. But according to the ABC News program, if she went through the line after midnight (after closing) she’d waltz through with guys carrying back packs, or with boxes on hand trucks while security snores in careless slumber. Are these airport security people nuts, or what? An idiot is smarter than they are!
Handling & Performance:
Excellent. A joy to drive.
Outstanding, in my humble opinion.
Fit and Finish:
Easily as good as the competition – and don’t forget the competition has endorsed Korean car manufacturers by using them to build their cars as well.
Impressive among some tough seasoned competition. These guys came to play.
Features and Conveniences:
You can’t help but be impressed with standard equipment included for the price. This car will surely surprise you. Why, because they are still the underdog and new kid on the block. They have to try harder; they do; and they are making inroads into the industry much faster than I ever expected.
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Five years ago a Korean car would not be included in this class of cars. It demands that you also include it in your search for the family car. I’m sure you’ll be as impressed as I was. What’s more important is that you must know that when a product is looking for acceptance it is usually the best time to buy – if you’re willing to take the risk on the new kid. Me – I like it and I think it will be a reasonable risk and you’ll get a lot for your money. Another thing to consider is that US and Japanese car makers trust the Koreans to assemble their cars. If that isn’t a powerful endorsement I don’t know what is.
Hyundai Azera $25-29,000, Cadillac CTS $33-35,000, Mercury Montego $24-29,000, Ford Taurus $24-29,000, Lincoln MKZ $31-33,000, Volkswagen Passat $24-38,000, Buick Lacerne $27-39,000, Chrysler 300 $25-42,000, Toyota Avalon $27-34,000, Nissan Maxima $28-31,000.
Well priced, well equipped,
3.8 liter 263 horsepower V6 engine w/ variable intake system, 5-speed automatic transmission, 4-wheel ABS disc brakes with brake assist, traction control, electronic stability control, front and side and side curtain airbags, 17” alloy wheels, independent suspension, remote keyless entry with alarm, heated power front seats, 60/40 split fold rear seat, auto air conditioning, power rear sunshade, cruise control, auto headlights, power windows, locks and mirrors, audio with 6 in-dash CD and MP3 format, steering wheel controls, power sunroof w/ tilt and shade.
$3.74/ Gal avg. April 21, ‘08
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