A Buyer’s Guide to the 2012 Hyundai Azera

The Azera offers an overall good value for the class and price point. The sleek styling is hard to overlook – for a large sedan it’s about as eye-catching as they get. This Hyundai also boasts respectable power that’s complemented by attractive fuel efficiency. While it’s not the smoothest ride ever, the available features do make it a tempting choice.

Key Features

The big selling point of this model is the inclusion of a wide array of tech features as standard. From the rear backup camera to the heated leather seats and push-button start, you get no shortage of modern toys included in your purchase right off the line.

Changes for 2012

Virtually nothing remains from the previous model year aside from the logo and the name. The entire car received an overhaul – for the better in most aspects.

What We Like

The combination of style and upscale standard features makes the Azera a very attractive deal. The unusual driver’s side knee airbag and hard-to-find heated rear seats add to the allure. In addition, the ventilated, cooling seats in the front are a big draw. On top of all the interior amenities, the exterior sports savvy LED lighting and integrated side mirror signal lights.

What Concerns Us

For all the modern touches that are included in even the base model of the Azera, if you’re a stickler for a supple ride you might be disappointed. Suspension problems seem to plague this car, making handling and steering more of a chore than with some of its competition.

Available Models

The Azera is only available in the one offering, making it an all or nothing pick. However, the powertrain is where the Azera steps up and excels. With a powerful 3.3L engine, 6-speed shiftable automatic transmission, 255 lb.-ft. torque, and 293 hp; it packs a punch! With that kind of get up and go, you just may overlook the handling, which can be classified as a bit on the rough side. The Azera rounds up nicely with a bottom line conscious fuel economy rating of 20/28 mpg.

Major Recalls

In June 2013, Hyundai issued a recall due to the occupant detection system potentially malfunctioning. This problem could cause the vehicle to not be able to determine whether a baby, child, adult, or child restraint is in the front seat, which could alter the force with which the air bag deploys, putting a passenger at increased risk of injury. The company issued notices to owners, and will fix the problem free of charge.

Common Issues

While complaints about the Azera are fairly rare, there have been incidents of a loud noise upon startup and engine failure (in a separate vehicle/owner) in the middle of the highway.

Hyundai Azera 2012 Interior


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