For ages, full-size sedans have been a bit bland and conservative compared to smaller sedans. However, things are changing and full-size sedans are getting more exciting. This trend is courtesy of new brands which in an endeavor to beat traditional luxury sedan brands are pumping in extra features. One such car is the new 2016 Hyundai Azera.
The model adds a new sense of style and elegance to this segment famous for functionality as opposed to elegance. Starting from the exterior, the Azera is very expressive with sharp lines and creases. Inside, the cabin retains high functionality but adds a little bit of style. You will find that even the base model is well equipped including with a couple of autonomous driving aids while the Limited trim is even more equipped. Read along to find out more:
2016 Hyundai Azera Exterior
The Azera stretches 193.7 inches long, 73.2 inches wide and has a height of 57.9 inches. It has a 112-inch long wheelbase. The exterior profile looks premium and can rival even the luxury sedans. Except for the Hyundai badges, you can mistake the Azera for one of the premium luxury sedans. Hyundai has paid a great deal of attention crafting the model’s exterior profile.
At the front, its chromed grille, air vents and automatic headlights (HID xenon headlights on the Limited trim) are well integrated for a premium look. The Limited trim also gets LED fog lights. Just like the front, the rear fascia is also well integrated where a coordination of lines and edges add to the nice design of the trunklid, LED taillights and chromed exhaust tips. On the sides, the model features an elegant crease that cuts through the door handles; the flanks also feature power-folding side mirrors with built-in turn signals.
The base 2016 Hyundai Azera rides on 18-inch alloy wheels while the Azera Limited trim gets 19-inch alloy wheels.
2016 Hyundai Azera Interior
As said above, the cabin of the 2016 Hyundai Azera is well equipped even in the standard form. The cabin accommodates five passengers comfortably with plenty of headroom and legroom while retaining 16.3 cubic feet of cargo space. The rear seats have a 60/40 split-folding capability to expand cargo space when needed. A hands-free Smart Trunk Opener makes it easy to access the trunk.
Leather is the standard upholstery material even on the base Azera. Other standard features include a 12-way power driver’s seat with lumbar support and memory settings and 8-way power front passenger’s seat. All seats are heated but the front seats are also ventilated.
The base trim features a dual-zone climate control system, a rearview camera and a power tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel. It also features an 8.0-inch screen interface which is used to manage the navigation system and Smartphone apps such as Pandora and Siri Eyes Free.
Other features include Bluetooth connectivity and the automaker’s BlueLink emergency communications. Audiophile’s are not left out as the model packs a 14-speaker Infinity sound system which integrates HD radio, a CD player, satellite radio, USB and AUX audio inputs.
If you opt for the limited trim, you get extra features such as adaptive cruise control which features stop-start capability, forward collision warning, lane departure warning, electronic parking brake and rear parking sensors. The Limited trim also adds ambient cabin lighting, a panoramic sunroof, manual side-window sunshades and power rear sunshades.
The BlueLink system enables for emergency assistance, remote access, speed alert, theft recovery as well as geo-fencing.
Engine Specs and performance
The Azera is motivated by a single drive-train. The mill is a 3.3 L, V-6 unit capable of 293 hp and 255 lb-ft of torque. The engine is mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission system which features a manual Shiftronic mode. Power is channeled to the front wheels. With this power output, the Azera takes 6.8 seconds to accelerate from 0-60 mph which is average for V-6 powered sedans its size.
On the base Azera, the engine is EPA rated to produce 20 mpg in city, 29 mpg on highway and 23 mpg on combined drives while on the Azera Limited trim, the engine returns 19 mpg in city, 28 mpg on highway and 22 mpg on combined drives.
The latest 2016 Azera is smooth and very responsive. Its transmission provides a range of gear ratios that allow quick takeoffs, a good passing ability and comfortable cruising.
Price and release date
The 2016 Hyundai Azera base model has an MSRP of $35,175 while the Azera Limited fetches just over $40,000. The price is fair considering the equipment the car packs. The model is already available in dealer showrooms.
The South Korean-made full-size sedan will compete with the likes of Toyota Avalon, Ford Taurus, Chevrolet Impala and Nissan Maxima.