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.