2008 Hyundai Azera Consumer Reviews

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2008 Hyundai Azera
4.5
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First Hyundai

by from Kansas on January 12, 2011

My wife and I bought the 2008 limited used from a dealer as a certified car with 18,000 miles on it. wasn't sure until making several test drives in multiple cars. It won us over and now has about 33,...
My wife and I bought the 2008 limited used from a dealer as a certified car with 18,000 miles on it. wasn't sure until making several test drives in multiple cars. It won us over and now has about 33,000 miles. Not a hiccup. It is loaded with great features. The fuel mileage on trips is about 26 mpg, mixed driving about 24mpg. It has plenty of power. at first I didn't like the level of road noise but over time found out the original Michelin tires are a cheap version. They became nosier until I replaced at 30,000. Dealer mech noted they wouldn't last long. Now has Bridgestone Turanzas and is finally a quiet nice machine. So far no reason not to like it.
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Best bang for the buck

by from Lexington, NC on April 9, 2009

I did about 6 months of research before test driving the Azera, and found that on paper, it was the best value. Once I test drove it, I found it met my expectations to the tee. I bought a Azera Limite...
I did about 6 months of research before test driving the Azera, and found that on paper, it was the best value. Once I test drove it, I found it met my expectations to the tee. I bought a Azera Limited with the Ultimate package that was just under 1 year old and less than 9k miles, and it used to be a rental car. I was driving a low mileage 98 Cadillac Deville because I commute a total of 105 miles per day, and need something comfortable. The Azera can best be described as something in between a Deville and a Camry, which is the market it is aimed at. Pros: Good handling but still a soft enough ride for highway comfort. (reasonable compromise) Excellent interior design and comfort. Infinity sound is very good. It is less tiring to drive than the Deville, mainly because it tracks better, thus I spend less time "correcting" when steering. Not quite as much low end torque as the V8 in the Deville, but has better mid range grunt and is MORE than quick enough for passing and merging. The trunk is at least as large as my Deville's, although you wouldn't guess so from looking at the car. Engine is very quiet, even when punching it into traffic. Brakes feel solid. Price can't be beat. Cons: A bit more wind noise at 75mph than I like. Steering is a bit touchy/sensitive at mid speeds. Seat could slide back just a notch more, although it is about the same as the Deville. Window tint could be darker. Warranty on powertrain goes from 100k/10y to 50k/5y if you buy it used, which is still competitive. Exterior styling is a bit bland but pleasant enough and similar to competitive cars. I would recommend getting the Limited and the Ultimate package, which offers the bigger engine, sunroof, Infinity stereo, and all the extras that you could expect in a full luxury car, such as seating memory, telescoping steering, etc. If you are buying used, the price difference is minimal. If you are looking for a simple luxury car (entry level luxury) and/or do a great deal of daily driving, it really does offer the best value, as you would have to spend thousands more to get the same quality and features from any other brand.
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Great Car

by from Palm Desert, CA. on March 1, 2010

This is our second Hyundai. My wife and I have owned Cadillac's, a Mercedez, and high end SUV's but she still likes driving our Hyundai the best. We both feel that you get great "bang for the buck".
This is our second Hyundai. My wife and I have owned Cadillac's, a Mercedez, and high end SUV's but she still likes driving our Hyundai the best. We both feel that you get great "bang for the buck".
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Best Car for the Money

by from Baltimore, MD on May 26, 2009

Bought a 2008 Azera with 30K miles. Paid $15.7k out the door. Still has 30k left on bumper to bumper warranty. Has every feature you could want, save nav and bluetooth (I don't need them). Beautiful i...
Bought a 2008 Azera with 30K miles. Paid $15.7k out the door. Still has 30k left on bumper to bumper warranty. Has every feature you could want, save nav and bluetooth (I don't need them). Beautiful inside and out. Had the cupholder fixed under warranty. Dealer was excellent and I didn't even buy the car from them. The 12 speaker Infinity sound system is amazing. While the 2008s have no IPOD inputs, you can burn your MP3s onto CDs and they will play on the 6 disc changer. As others have said the suspension is a bit soft but not too much of an issue once you get used to it. With the way Hyundais depreciate, (to me anyway) it's best to find a low mileage used one. Paid about 1/2 of the MSRP of new. Check out the consumer reports ratings. Stacks up pretty well against anything in it's class and predicted reliability is much better than average. Do your research and you won't be disappointed.
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Bang for the buck can't be beat.

by from Yonkers, NY on June 13, 2008

I paid $13000 LESS for my Azera Limited than a new comparable Lexus ES350. I have an 06 Lexus ES and I like driving the Azera better because of the engine response difference between them...read on. ...
I paid $13000 LESS for my Azera Limited than a new comparable Lexus ES350. I have an 06 Lexus ES and I like driving the Azera better because of the engine response difference between them...read on. Make no mistake it IS the pricing compared to other cars that makes this car a best buy. With the Hyundai $2500 rebate I paid less than $27K. It has EVERY option available (except the Bluetooth) including the Navigation/DVD player and upgraded 600 watt 12 speaker stereo. The 3.8L V6 engine performs like a V8. It is the FIRST Asian/American/Japanese V6 that responds like the Germans...torque everywhere without having to spin the motor at 6K RPMs. Acceleration is strong. The Azera gets about the same gas mileage as my Lexus although it's a .5L bigger motor... 28MPG or better on the open road most of the time. The only down side so far for is the suspension, it's a little too soft for me. I would have perferred it a little firmer than the soft wallowing ride. They say they improved it in 08 but mine is an 08 and it's still too soft. Having said that, after all it is in the "entry luxury" market and not a sports sedan. But a $13000 savings makes the ride very tolerable! And the 5 year bumper to bumper and a 10 year 100K miles power train warranty puts a big exclamation point on the value. Before you lay more of your money out for a Camry, Maxima, Buick, Lexus or Infinity take one of these out for a ride. I know there's people who would never put a "Hyundai" in their driveways. Hynundai may be making a mistake by not introducing a new car line like Toyota/Lexus and Honda/Acura.
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best I've ever owned

by from mrytle beach,sc on December 2, 2012

this is my second azera the first being a 2007 I can honestly say these cars cars are a great vehicle not only do they get terrific gas milage but they are very dependable, my first has over 100,000 m...
this is my second azera the first being a 2007 I can honestly say these cars cars are a great vehicle not only do they get terrific gas milage but they are very dependable, my first has over 100,000 miles with no problems my second has had a switch replaced with 31,000 miles
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A Rocketship hidden in a Hyundai

by from Palm Beach, FL on October 17, 2013

I have owned hundreds of cars in my 50 years of driving. I am a retire airline captain and know about performance and how a car should behave. I bought a Hyundai about 4.5 years ago and have since bou...
I have owned hundreds of cars in my 50 years of driving. I am a retire airline captain and know about performance and how a car should behave. I bought a Hyundai about 4.5 years ago and have since bought two more. You really get a lot for the price. The 3.8L engine gives great performance and is also good on gas which is surprising in a large sedan. Although the Azera is a front wheel drive vehicle, it doesn't torque to the right light other front wheel drive vehicles when you floor it. The worst that happens is that you get a tire chatter which doesn't happen if it is a rolling start. The car is spacious and is loaded with luxury features, handles well for a front wheel drive automobile. Hyundai has been a real player in the high end market , first with the Azera, then the Genesis (2009) North American Car of the Year award and now the Equus. Their styling, features and performance just keeps getting better and better. Take one for a test drive. You will be hooked as I was.
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More car for the money...

by from Bklyn, NY on September 2, 2012

Excellent automobile and a great deal for the money.Has the power and luxury to roll with anyone including Mercedes and Luxus. Nothing to be ashamed about. I just don't see enough on the road. Where a...
Excellent automobile and a great deal for the money.Has the power and luxury to roll with anyone including Mercedes and Luxus. Nothing to be ashamed about. I just don't see enough on the road. Where are they? MPG not so great.
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wonderful Car

by from Pittsburgh on November 29, 2011

My husband always wanted to own a hundia then my car brock down and I needed a car are a friend told him about the azera we took it for a test ride and loved it
My husband always wanted to own a hundia then my car brock down and I needed a car are a friend told him about the azera we took it for a test ride and loved it
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great buy for the money

by from flint, mi on July 11, 2008

i have owned three other hyundai's between my girlfriend and i. this by far is the most comfortable and easiest to drive of them all. i get respectable gas mileage (no where near the elantra or sonata...
i have owned three other hyundai's between my girlfriend and i. this by far is the most comfortable and easiest to drive of them all. i get respectable gas mileage (no where near the elantra or sonata). depending upon the highway, i can get up to 33 miles per gallon according to the on board computer. i like the fact that i don't need premium fuel in a luxory car. the azera is laid out very well. the controls are very accessible. numerous safety features. people often think i have a lexus. i throughly enjoy my azera.
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