From the 2010 Chicago Auto Show, Car.com's Kelsey Mays takes a look at the 2011 Hyundai Azera.
<v Announcer>Cars.com Auto Review. Hi, I'm Kelsey Mays for Cars.com. If you're coming to the Chicago auto show this February, you might want to stroll over to Hyundai's stand and check out the new Azera.
The full size front wheel drive sedan has been updated with a number of small changes for 2011. Plus, it's got more power and better gas mileage. The car goes on sale this spring. We're going to take you through what's different. The thing most people will notice... Okay, the car geeks will notice, is the new bumper. It's got this sort of shapely air down here, kind of dips down on the center, like on the Genesis Coupe. The headlights have this sharper looking appearance, although their shape kind of remains the same. Same with the grill. Not as well-coordinated, I think, as the 2010 Azera's. I'm not really wild about the overall look. It's okay, I guess. Not as good as Hyundai's other models like the redesigned 2011 Sonata. That's kind of a tough act to follow. There's new silver trim inside, it's kind of got a brushed appearance to it. Looks like real metal, and given that it's plastic, that's a job pretty well done. The seats remain comfortable and spacious, especially in back, and cabin materials are pretty good. Given the opportunity, though, I wish Hyundai had thrown in some new window switches here. It's got them in a lot of other cars. These seem kind of old. The Azera's two V6 engines make 260 or 283 horsepower, respectively. Both of those represent sizeable increases over last year's power ratings, and thanks in part to a new six-speed automatic, gas mileage is up about two miles per gallon overall. Worth checking out? Maybe. But Toyota's got an updated 2011 Avalon right around the corner. No doubt these two cars will go head to head. <v Announcer>For more car related news, go to Cars.com, or our blog, KickingTires.net.