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The 2012 Hyundai Azera: What the critics say

How did the Hyundai Azera fare with the critics? The price starts at $32,000.

The New York Times
The reborn Azera bears little resemblance to the “limp and indifferently styled” large sedan of the same name that was discontinued in 2010. While this Hyundai “isn’t trying to be a Mercedes stand-in,” it’s generous with amenities, passenger space, power, and style. Inside the cabin, “there are perhaps too many shiny bits,” given the overall quality of materials. But this elegant and affordably priced cruiser has become our “instant favorite” among Hyundai’s sedans.

Los Angeles Times
“The Azera’s body challenges the engine for title of this car’s best feature.” The “smoothly modulated” 293-hp V6 offers more than enough power for a car this size, and no other Hyundai makes such confident, mature use of the fluid, sculpted lines that have become a brand signature. Easily the car’s “biggest drawback” is the “unnecessarily synthetic” feel of its electric power steering. 

Detroit Free Press
The Azera’s amenities and rival-topping passenger space might count most with buyers. Standard features include a navigation system, a rearview camera, and heated leather seats in both front and rear. The ride may remind you of “an old-style American large sedan.” But some people like a “big, cushy sedan,” and this one’s 29 mpg highway fuel economy is for now the best in its class.

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