Now positioned between the midsize Sonata and Genesis, the Azera has had four generations. It's been the most expensive Hyundai model outside of Korea, China and the Middle East — until the arrival of the Genesis.
The Azera has four-wheel independent suspension (multi-link in the rear) and uses the company's new 3.8 L Lambda V6, which produces 265 horsepower.
The power is sent to the front wheels through a five or six-speed automatic transmission with a "Shiftronic" manual gear selection. Hyundai claims 6.0 seconds to accelerate to 60 mph and a top speed of 155 mph.
Hyundai most recently restyled the Azera in 2011 with new front and rear fascias, new alloy wheel and new fog lamps. The engines has been updated with dual variable valve timing and a six-speed transmission. The Azera comes standard with front and rear head curtain airbags and front and rear seat-mounted torso airbags.
According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), the Azera received a Good overall score in the frontal crash and an Acceptable overall score in the side impact test. The driver's pelvis/leg in the side impact category was given a Poor score and the structure/safety category rated Marginal.
The Hyundai Aztec has received numerous awards, including Consumer's Digest Best Buy (Consumer's Digest, 2007), Best in Class ( Kiplinger’s Personal Finance, 2007) and Most Appealing Large Car (J.D. Power & Associates, 2006).
The current version of the Azera was unveiled at the 2011 Los Angeles International Auto Show as was developed for 3 1/2 years at a cost of $450 million. The four-cylinder has combined fuel economy 30 mpg, while the V6 is rated at 28 mpg.
Top competitors for the Azera include the Ford Taurus, Nissan Maxima, Toyota Avalon, Buick LaCrosse, Acura TL and Lexus ES350.