Hyundai as a brand has done what many thought was impossible: in little more than a decade, it has moved from a laughing stock to a serious contender. The Azera has been unique at Hyundai, however looking back at America's luxury heritage, offeringa cushier, comfier experience than just about any other carmaker--but that changes for 2011, with a fresh dose of excitement and modernity joining the mix. MotorAuthority gives the 2011 Hyundai Azera an overall score of 6.
Front-wheel drive only, and powered by a choice of V-6 engines, the Azera is not the sedan for the performance-minded, even in its livelier 2011 form. The suspension is tauter, banishing the floaty feeling of previous models, but at the same time, it's not sharp or aggressive. Handling, likewise, is mellow, not edgy.
Inside, the 2011 Azera is huge, with front-seat occupants finding ample head and leg room, and back seat passengers finding even more. There's enough space for four over-six-footers to fit with ease, no rubbing of knees against seat backs or heads against roof. Materials, fit and finish in the cabin are very good considering the Azera's price, and fair even taken in the broader scope of the aspirational luxury market. The design is conservative, just like the exterior design, likely to find objection from few.
Unlike many of Hyundai's other vehicles, the Azera isn't exactly bristling with high-tech options and equipment. So you want navigation? You'll have to give up USB connectivity. Bluetooth is available, but a rear-view camera isn't, nor are parking sensors. The story is the same with the Azera's safety ratings: lackluster at best.
For a complete look at all of the Azera's strong and weak points, read the full review at TheCarConnection