2017 Hyundai Azera Overview
With higher-end luxury models Genesis and Equus leaving the Hyundai lineup to start their own club as the Genesis brand, it’s time for lesser-known Hyundai models like the well-reviewed Azera sedan to get its time in the spotlight. While the Azera is far from the best-selling Hyundai car, there’s a lot to love about this value-priced luxury commuter.
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What’s new for the 2017 Hyundai Azera?
Following the Azera’s win last year as “large car segment” champion of J.D. Power’s Initial Quality Study, the Hyundai Azera offers little new this year–apart from new body colors, a finer-tuned engine, and some additional standard features.
Hyundai is waiting for the next-gen makeover that’s on the way to make real significant changes to the Azera. This upcoming, restyled version recently debuted in South Korea as the Grandeur. It’s uncertain whether next year’s Azera will remain part of the Hyundai lineup or become part of the Genesis luxury brand.
2017 Hyundai Azera Exterior
Despite its overall simple body design, the Azera carries the same mix of understated style and practicality. From its soft, curved front fascia to its stocky, rigid rear end, the Azera is a dynamically-rendered large car that isn’t overly showy. A panoramic sunroof is available for an optional added price, which most other cars in its class don’t offer.
Its wheelbase stretches 112 inches, with its total length adding up to 193.7 inches. Its generous 73.2-inch width and 57.9-inch height set the vehicle apart from the crowd.
Available body colors include Venetian Red Pearl, Moroccan Pearl, Eclipse Black, Pewter Gray Metallic, Starlight Silver, and Diamond White Pearl.
2017 Hyundai Azera Photos:
Exterior featured offered on the 2017 Hyundai Azera:
- Base model: Power fold-away heated side mirrors with turn-signal indicators, Chrome insert bodyside moldings and door handles, Chrome-tipped dual exhaust, Solar control glass, Shark-fin antenna, Automatic projector headlights, Daytime running lights, LED taillights, Front fog lights, Proximity Key entry, Hands-free smart trunk
- Limited trim adds: 19-inch alloy wheels, HID Xenon headlights, LED front fog lights
2017 Hyundai Azera Performance
Both trim levels of the front-wheel drive Azera are powered by a 3.3-liter V6 engine that’s mated to a six-speed automatic with SHIFTRONIC, plus an efficient Active ECO System to improve fuel economy. Its total torque level amounts to 255 lb-ft, while its horsepower impresses at a respectable 293. That exceeds the 268 horsepower of the Toyota Avalon and the Lexus ES 350.
Its independent suspension–which rely on MacPherson struts, coil springs, and a 24mm front stabilizer bar–is also noteworthy.
2017 Hyundai Azera Efficiency
The Azera’s V6 engine may be powerful, but it’s also efficient. It doesn’t guzzle gasoline, instead sipping a mere 20 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway (which amounts to 23 mpg combined). Total fuel tank capacity measures at 18.5 gallons, so you won’t have to worry about stopping for refills frequently.
2017 Hyundai Azera Interior
If there’s one thing the Azera is known for, it’s comfort at a comfortable price. The luxurious Azera has a starting MSRP under $35,000 yet boasts 123.3 cubic feet of interior volume–the most in its class. That combination comes from 16.3 cubic feet of cargo volume and 107 cubic feet of passenger space. Rear leg room stretches to a generous 36.8 inches.
The latest Azera comes with a wealth of standard technology features on its base model, like a navigation system, Bluetooth, subwoofer, and 8-inch touchscreen display. On most other large sedans, that will cost you extra.
Undeniably, the Azera looks and feels nice.
2017 Hyundai Azera Interior Photos:
Interior features offered on the 2017 Hyundai Azera
- Base model offers: Push-button start, Dual front automatic temperature control, Floor console-mounted rear vents, Power windows with driver’s auto-down, Power locks, 12-way adjustable driver seat with cushion extender, 8-way power passenger seat, Integrated Memory System for driver, Heated front and rear leather seats, Fold-down rear seats, Dual illuminated vanity mirrors, Carbon fiber-appearance trim, Leather-wrapped steering wheel & shift knob, Power tilt-and-telescopic steering wheel
- Base model radio & technology: Steering wheel-mounted audio/Bluetooth/cruise controls, Bluetooth phone system, Blue Link Connected Care trial, Auto-dimming rearview mirror with HomeLink and compass, Infinity Logic 7 audio system with 14 speakers/external amplifier/subwoofer, HD Radio with multicasting, Navigation system with 8-inch touchscreen display, SiriusXM Travel Link trial subscription, Smartphone/USB and auxiliary input jacks, Electroluminescent Gauge Cluster with LCD trip computer
- Limited trim adds: Panoramic tilt-and-slide sunroof, Power rear sunshade, Ambient lighting, Illuminated door sill plates, Rear parking sensors, Automatic High Beam Assist, Lane Departure Warning, Forward Collision Warning, Smart cruise control with stop/start, Electronic Parking Brake
2017 Hyundai Azera Safety
While the 2017 version of the Azera has not had its crash test results disclosed, we can assume that it will receive similar results as last year–considering little has changed about the Azera this year. In 2016, the Azera received “Good” ratings in all categories from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (except the Small Overlap Front Test, which it was not evaluated on). U.S. News gave last year’s Azera a 10/10 when it comes to safety.
Standard Safety Features
- Rearview camera
- Blind Spot Detection (BSD)
- Rear Cross-traffic Alert (RCTA)
- Lane Change Assist (LCA)
- Vehicle Stability Management (VSM) system
- Electronic Stability Control (ESC)
- Traction Control System (TCS)
- Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)
- Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD)
- Brake Assist (BA)
- Advanced driver and front passenger airbags (SRS) with Occupant Classification System (OCS)
- Front and rear side-impact airbags (SRS)
- Driver’s knee airbag (SRS)
- Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS)
- Energy-absorbing steering column
- Front seatbelt pretensioners and force limiters
- Rear LATCH (Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children)
- Power window lock-out button
- Front and rear crumple zone
- Daytime Running Lights (DRL)
- Remote keyless entry with alarm
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