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2012 Hyundai Azera

$8,093 — $16,937 USED
Sedan
5 Seats
24 MPG
(Combined)
Key specs of the base trim
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Overview

Is this the car for you?

The Good

  • Generous standard features
  • Roomy cabin
  • Contemporary styling

The Bad

  • Some visibility issues
2012 Hyundai Azera exterior side view

What to Know

about the 2012 Hyundai Azera
  • Redesigned for 2012
  • Full-size sedan, front-wheel drive
  • Direct-injection V-6
  • Heated leather seats, navigation system standard

Our Take

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

From the 2011 Los Angeles Auto Show, Cars.com's Kelsey Mays takes a look at the 2012 Hyundai Azera.

by Kristin Varela -

Editor's note: Estimated mileage ratings have been lowered to reflect a November 2012 EPA audit of this car's stated mileage.

The Hyundai Azera full-size sedan got an extreme makeover (auto edition) for 2012 (see it compared side by side with the 2011 model here). In size and price, the Azera competes with the Toyota Avalon, versions of the Ford Taurus and even the Hyundai Genesis sedan, though the latter is rear-wheel drive while the others have front-wheel drive (see a comparison).

The redesigned 2012 Hyundai Azera has almost everything you'd ever want in a large luxury sedan, for half the price, but a couple of shortcomings annoyed me day in and day out.

Rather than getting customers in the door with the promise of a great price tag then up-charging for every little feature, the Azera comes in just one trim level, and the only option is a $4,000 Technology Package comprised mainly of convenience features. The fully loaded Azera is a bargain at around $36,000.

EXTERIOR
The 2012 Azera is a sexy, sleek, swooping sedan that owners would enjoy gazing at in their driveway every day. Others agreed; several of our editors noted compliments from passers-by. Its downward-sloping rear quarter panel and wide, low stance give the car an upscale, slightly Jaguar-esque look.

FAMILY-FRIENDLY FEATURES
Of course, a sedan with a low step-in height makes it easy for kids on small legs — like my 7- , 9- and 11-year-old daughters — to climb in easily. There's so mu...

by Kristin Varela -

Editor's note: Estimated mileage ratings have been lowered to reflect a November 2012 EPA audit of this car's stated mileage.

The Hyundai Azera full-size sedan got an extreme makeover (auto edition) for 2012 (see it compared side by side with the 2011 model here). In size and price, the Azera competes with the Toyota Avalon, versions of the Ford Taurus and even the Hyundai Genesis sedan, though the latter is rear-wheel drive while the others have front-wheel drive (see a comparison).

The redesigned 2012 Hyundai Azera has almost everything you'd ever want in a large luxury sedan, for half the price, but a couple of shortcomings annoyed me day in and day out.

Rather than getting customers in the door with the promise of a great price tag then up-charging for every little feature, the Azera comes in just one trim level, and the only option is a $4,000 Technology Package comprised mainly of convenience features. The fully loaded Azera is a bargain at around $36,000.

EXTERIOR
The 2012 Azera is a sexy, sleek, swooping sedan that owners would enjoy gazing at in their driveway every day. Others agreed; several of our editors noted compliments from passers-by. Its downward-sloping rear quarter panel and wide, low stance give the car an upscale, slightly Jaguar-esque look.

FAMILY-FRIENDLY FEATURES
Of course, a sedan with a low step-in height makes it easy for kids on small legs — like my 7- , 9- and 11-year-old daughters — to climb in easily. There's so much backseat space that they had tons of legroom to spare. There's enough legroom for full-sized adults, as well. I wouldn't be embarrassed to pick up my parents for a family dinner in this car, as I am when I try to squeeze them into the tiny backseats of so many of my other test cars.

Backseat passengers have access to in-door storage bins with bottleholders, as well as cupholders and another storage bin in the fold-down center armrest. Due to a heat wave in the Denver area, my family got quite a bit of use out of the Azera's sunshades (which are included in the optional Technology Package). A power-operated shade on the rear window (the control for which is up front), along with manual sunshades on the two rear side windows helped keep the car's black interior at a manageable temperature even when parked in the sun.

The large, panoramic moonroof included in the Technology Package was great for keeping the Azera's interior from feeling too cavelike. However, one editor noted that its sunshade automatically closes when you close the roof. To keep the shade open, you have to stop it after the roof closes. Another editor complained about the inability to vent the sunroof without first opening the shade all the way, noting that any of the desired cooling action when parked is lost due to the "greenhouse effect."

Up front, the driver's seat got mixed reviews from my 6-foot-plus husband and me. He raved about how comfortable and supportive the large, soft driver's seat was. The multi-adjustable seat is controlled by Mercedes-inspired buttons that are visible and easily accessible on the door panel, rather than tucked out of view on the side of the seat bottom. A powered tilt/telescoping steering wheel and driver's seat cushion extension — both part of the Technology Package — help customize the fit. However, despite all this adjustability, I had a tough time finding a position perfect for my 5-foot-3 frame. I tried raising and lowering the head restraint, adjusting it forward and then back again, fiddling with the seats and the lumbar adjustments — I felt like Goldilocks trying to find the rocking chair that was just her size. Unfortunately, I think the Azera is just better suited to a bigger driver. I'd be more comfortable as a passenger.

Once I'd switched on the ventilated seats (again part of the Technology Package) in 90-degree weather, all was temporarily forgiven while I drove in temperate bliss with cool air caressing my bare legs. Ah!

The Azera's center control panel appears to float in midair, just like those in Volvos. A storage bin behind it is great for holding loose items, like my husband's wallet and phone. The ceiling console above the rearview mirror — which houses the interior lights, a sunglasses holder and the moonroof button — was cheap and plasticky looking, out of place in an otherwise well-thought-out interior. One of our editors called the car's blue accent lighting "cheesy."

The Azera offers a large trunk with plenty of space for family essentials, and my golf clubs fit easily without finagling. With 16.3 cubic feet of volume, it doesn't compare with the Taurus' 20.1 cubic feet, but few cars do. The 2012 Avalon's trunk is smaller still, at 14.4 cubic feet. Interestingly, the larger Genesis sedan has less room than the Azera: 15.9 cubic feet.

The Azera's rear seats split 60/40 and can fold in the event more space is needed. The backseats in the Avalon and Genesis don't.

IT'S THE LITTLE THINGS THAT COUNT
Storage Compartments (Puny, Fair, Ample, Galore): Ample
Cargo/Trunk Space (Puny, Fair, Ample, Galore): Ample

SENSE AND STYLE
Family Friendly (Not Really, Fair, Great, Excellent): Great
Fun-Factor (None, Some, Good Times, Groove-On): Good Times

BEHIND THE WHEEL
The Azera manages to filter out quite of bit of road and wind noise, leaving the cabin peaceful and quiet. I appreciated the smooth, easy acceleration from a stop and the predictable braking. In my experience, the suspension was soft enough to even out bumps and rough pavement in suburban driving, however, another editor said the Azera on 19-inch wheels should have had better ride quality for such a large car, and that city pavement divots jolted the cabin. The 19-inch wheels are optional; the standard 18-inch rims might soften the ride a bit.

Our team of editors took issue with the Azera's steering. Words such as "touchy," "jittery," "fatiguing," "oversensitive" and "disappointing" were used to describe it.

The Eco mode attempts to improve on 20/28 mpg city/highway fuel economy. It does just that, and fairly discreetly. The average driver may not even notice the changes to the driving feel in Eco mode.

Funny music plays in the Azera upon startup and shutdown, which was a novelty during the two weeks I drove it, seeming to act as a score for a soap opera: "And tomorrow on Cars of Our Lives …" I'm sure the novelty would wear off quickly if I owned this car, so you'll be glad to know the jingle can be turned off.

SAFETY
Crash tests have not been conducted on the 2012 Hyundai Azera. As is required of all 2012 models, it has standard antilock brakes and an electronic stability system with traction control. The Azera has nine standard airbags, including a driver's knee airbag, two front airbags, side-impact torso airbags for the front and rear, and side curtain airbags for front and rear outboard occupants.

The Azera comes standard with a backup camera that turns on immediately upon putting the car into Reverse (even if you have the radio/nav screen turned off, unlike in many cars). Rear park assist sensors are included in the optional Technology Package. The Azera also comes equipped with Hyundai's Blue Link system, which offers emergency roadside assistance, theft recovery, remote vehicle access, navigation assistance and traffic information. Blue Link also offers the ability to set driving curfew limits, speed-limit notifications and geofence limits in the event you share your car with a teen driver.

The one thing the Azera oddly doesn't have is a blind spot warning system. This seems like a glaring oversight considering even budget compact cars like the Dodge Dart are adding blind spot monitors.

My kids in the backseat were easily able to buckle their own seat belts even when in high-back booster seats (and despite the buckles being on flimsy bases) thanks to the Azera's flat, wide seats. The lower Latch anchors are stored within the seat bight rather than being visible. Click here for the entire Hyundai Azera Car Seat Check.

See all the Azera's standard safety features listed here.

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Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

4.9
25 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.9)
Performance
(4.8)
Interior Design
(4.9)
Comfort
(4.8)
Reliability
(5.0)
Value For The Money
(4.9)

Read reviews that mention:

(5.0)

Best car i seen so far

by Shunteria from Tallahassee fl on July 7, 2018

I love it. Nice car for anybody to drive and also the inside so pretty that peanut butter color. That what made me fall in love with it also drive smooth to. Read full review

(5.0)

Best car I have ever owned

by Hooks from El Paso, Tx on April 15, 2018

I love this Hyundai Azera, everything about it. I am disappointed that Hyundai will drop this model from it's lineup. Perhaps it was not marketed well enough. I have read quite a few of the reviews ... Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2012 Hyundai Azera currently has 1 recall


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2012 Hyundai Azera Base

IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal, or poor.

Head Restraints and Seats

Dynamic Rating
good
Overall Rear
good
Seat Head/Restraint Geometry
good

Moderate overlap front

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Left Leg/Foot
good
Overall Front
good
Restraints
good
Right Leg/Foot
good
Structure/safety cage
good

Other

Roof Strength
good

Side

Driver Head Protection
good
Driver Head and Neck
good
Driver Pelvis/Leg
good
Driver Torso
good
Overall Side
good
Rear Passenger Head Protection
good
Rear Passenger Head and Neck
good
Rear Passenger Pelvis/Leg
good
Rear Passenger Torso
good
Structure/safety cage
good
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers.

Warranty

New car and certified pre-owned programs by Hyundai

New Car Program Benefits

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    60 months / 60,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    120 months / 100,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    60 months / unlimited distance

Certified Pre-Owned Program Benefits

  • Maximum Age/Mileage

    Newer than 5 model years/less than 60,000 miles

  • Basic Warranty Terms

    5 years/60,000 miles (from remainder of original)

  • Powertrain

    10 years/100,000 miles and 10 years/100,000 miles for hybrid/electric vechicle batteries.

  • Dealer Certification Required

    150-point inspection

  • Roadside Assistance

    Yes

  • View All CPO Program Details

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Azera received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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