2014 Hyundai Azera (1033)

General Info:

Parts – US/ Canadian 2%, Korea 89%; Engine & Transmission – Korea
Assembly – Asan, Korea
Class: – Large cars
Cars: – Accent, Azera, Elantra, Elantra Touring, Equus, Genesis, Genesis Coupe, Santa Fe, Sonata, Sonata Hybrid, Tucson, Veloster, Veracruz.

Overview:

This week we’re looking at the 2014 Hyundai Azera 4-door sedan. I like all of the Hyundai products and it is customary for car companies to provide a model for all budgets. This Azera gives mid-range buyers a luxury like car for the young executive and family. It seats five and competes with far more expensive luxury cars where you are paying $10-15,000 more just for the ‘badge’. This relatively new entrant into the market still offers the advantage of aggressive pricing. The window of opportunity to get in before the prices rise will not last more than the next year or so, because the press is singing its praises.

General Information: Parts from the US / Canada 2%; Korea 89%. It is assembled in Asan, Korea, Classification is Large cars. Cars from Hyundai: Accent, Azera, Elantra, Elantra Touring, Equus, Genesis, Genesis Coupe, Santa Fe, Sonata, Sonata Hybrid, Tucson, Veloster, Veracruz.

Handling & Performance:

Smooth comfortable ride that has the power when called upon.

Styling:

The look of today’s luxury cars. Sleek aerodynamic lines that are common to most luxury sedans.

Fit and Finish:

Very Good

Cost:

A real value in class.

Conveniences and comfort:

The list below is very complete with all the necessary safety features and technology items I consider customary in today’s world.

Consumer Recommendation:

As I have mentioned in prior Hyundai reviews it is my opinion that Hyundai is the car of the year. It has unseated the Japanese cars generally and it reminds me that when you are number two you try harder. It is clear the Korean’s came to the game to play hard. I have had personal experience with another division that manufacturers large truck trailers and in the past 20 years they have won the business of companies like Fed X and UPS. In their plant in Mexico you see a quality operation. I’m as impressed with the management there as I was a few decades ago when I visited a Japanese plant.

Here with a consumer testimonial:

The styling, fit and finish, engine performance and smoothness, you can barely hear the engine at idle speed. Gas mileage is very good, I just returned from a road trip of about 800 miles, my gas mileage average was 30.5 per gallon in my 2014 Limited. This car is in a class by itself. Before my purchase I drove the Lexus ES350, Toyota Avalon and Buick Lacrosse. In my opinion the Azera tops all of them. I also owned a 2013 Azera base model that led me to the 2014 limited model, so far I am extremely pleased.

Recognized Competition:

Hyundai Azera $35,000, Buick Verano $29,000, Chevrolet Impala $36,000, Dodge Charger $29,000, Honda Accord $33,000, Mazda 6 $30,000, Mercedes Benz $47,000, Nissan Altima $31,000.

Good News:

Excellently managed company, exceptionally well priced, powerful and comfortable ride.

Bad News:

None

Standard Equipment:

3.3 liter 293 horsepower V6, Continuously variable valve timing, 6 speed automatic transmission, 18” Silver Alloy wheels, stability management system, traction control, front, front and rear side bags, driver knee bag, side curtain airbags, brake assist disc brakes with brake force distribution, tire pressure monitor, heated power folding side mirrors, proximity key entry with push button start, auto headlight control, leather seating with heated front and rear seats, ventilated front seats, power adjustable front seats, power tilt and telescopic steering column, Bluetooth, memory system for driver seat, mirrors and steering wheel, 8” touch screen Navigation system, HD radio with SIRIUS XM satellite, climate control.

Gas Stats:

$4.05 / Gal avg. May 26, 2014

www.fueleconomy.gov
For more information.

19 City and 29 Highway MPG

Pricing:

MSRP $34,750.

Your comments are welcomed. My e-mail is joe@autolove.com
Copyright © 2014 – An Automotive Love Affair

 

 

Your comments are welcomed. My e-mail is joe@autolove.com
Copyright © 2014 – An Automotive Love Affair.