Remember when Hyundai was a joke? Well, these days, more people are laughing all the way to the bank. Over the years, Hyundai has honed in on delivering more car for less. And the Azera is a testament to that.
Top of the line for the brand, the 2015 Hyundai Azera Limited is a sedan that competes with the Toyota Avalon and the Chevy Impala. Slightly refreshed for 2015, the Azera boasts new front and back bumpers, along with a stylish set of five lights under each headlight. Inside, it’s amenity-filled with adjustable power front seats with “leather surfaces,” interior ambient lighting, heated and ventilated front seats, along with heated back seats, dual auto temperature control and more. Play peek-a-boo with the sun or welcome it all the way in with the panoramic tilt-and-slide sunroof.
Open sesame! With just a touch of the handle and simply push-button start to get rolling. In reverse, the back-up camera comes on and the rear power sunshade comes down. Should an unseen car emerge from the side, a pleasant, but effective beep sounds off. The same thing happens if another car gets too close or gets lost in the blind spot.
Since every door has a drink slot, in addition to the two between the front passenger seats and two between the back passenger seats, loading up on drinks is easy and clean. Thanks to the ample power plugs for USB, car charger and iPod under the center display console, and the bonus chargers, that include a side front passenger charger close and another one for back seat passengers, who will appreciate the comfortable legroom, everyone can stay happily charged.
The media section, which comes with a 90-day Sirius XM trial, is a nice set-up. In audio mode, the song title is visible and there’s even a CD player. Navigation displays greatly so eyes stay glued to the road without getting lost. Park the car, lock it and the side mirrors tuck themselves in. Fuel economy registers at 28 on the highway and 19 in the city for a combined MPG of 22. Run low on gas and a warning flashes on screen with an offer to find a nearby gas station. But the best part just might be the 2015 Hyundai Azera Limited’s price tag of just over $39,000! –ronda racha penrice