2016 Hyundai Azera

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:

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Competition

The South Korean-made full-size sedan will compete with the
likes of Toyota
Avalon, Ford
Taurus,
Chevrolet Impala and Nissan
Maxima.