This car has a lot of power.
Merging into DC metro area beltway can be a nightmare, but this car picks up speed fast enough to get right into the flow of traffic, which is really fast.
Classy with just enough punch.
It's not a sporty car. If you're looking for an Infiniti G35 alternative, it won't directly replace that. However it will be just enough to keep the speeding tickets away. I purchased the 2008 Hyundai Azera Limited in black, with black leather interior and light wood trim. It has a very classy look on the exterior and just enough on the interior. The main dash console won't feel like a tech dream (even with the 6-CD disc changer, XM, etc), but it's not overbearing. Many cars I like have bulky, overly styled center consoles for my liking. This is just enough and feels clean. Comfort is good. Nothing to create a news story with, but the car is roomy without feeling too big. The seats aren't tight, you do have leg and arm room. On this limited version, there are quite a bit of adjustments you can make (seat, steering wheel, pedals). I also give xxxxxxto the actual ride. It's smooth for the price and feels solid. Braking is a bit softer than I was hoping for (especially driving a 2015 rental prior to buying it), but you get used to it quickly. It does pick up for those who are wondering. You can pass someone without feeling you just put the car through training camp just to do so. The engine has a decent sound. A lot of people aren't familiar with the car, so when I got this nice black one, there were quite a few double-takes and "Azera-what?" however they were all impressed as many only expect this kind of look out of Audi/BMW/Jaguar, etc. That's not to say it competes, but if your wallet can't handle those brands, this can still make you feel good about parking in the same lot or next to one. I do wish this had some sexier control knobs for the dash, but all in all I am happy.
A Rocketship hidden in a Hyundai
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.
So many problems.....
I've driven this car across the country twice and I'm still happy with the performance and driveability. BUT the auto seems to be falling apart. Here is a list of the problems with this auto: While still under warranty, the dash cracked around the airbag. Shimmy in the steering wheel at 65 to 70 mph since new and never been able to fix. Guess what speed I usually drive? The sunroof track broke to bits, not under warranty. The automatic trunk release quit working, the key entry is very difficult to find and use, not under warranty. The power rear-view mirrors no longer work and now slowly fold to the rear, not under warranty. The faux wood finish on the steering wheel is brittle and is flaking off. All in all this auto has more problems than my 2002 Dodge work truck with 225,000 miles.
best I've ever owned
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
More car for the money...
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.
I greatly appreciated having the carfax information when selecting my car. The car was a wonderful purchase and I was a very informed consumer.
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 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.
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".