Full-size sedans have moved to the background of the American automotive scene, too useful to go away, yet too sedate to generate any buzz. That may still be the case, but it hasn't stopped automakers from pushing back with thoroughly modern sedans like the Hyundai Azera, a stylish cruiser with scads of standard equipment to tempt buyers.
What's New for 2015
The Azera receives a revised dashboard with upgrades controls, and freshened front and rear styling. Many of last year's optional convenience and safety features are now standard.
Choosing Your Hyundai Azera
While you'll find some V8s and four-cylinders in this class, the Azera shoots straight down the middle with a 3.3-liter V6 engine that delivers 292 horsepower to the front wheels. A six-speed automatic is the only transmission offered. The V6 takes the Azera from zero to 60 mph in 6.7 seconds and achieves 23 mpg in combined driving, performance that can best be described as balanced to a T.
Hyundai pours on the standard equipment in a serious way, so even the base Azera lacks nothing that buyers expect in this class. The Limited tops off the whole affair with a collection of high-end features.
There are no factory options for the Azera, although the usual dealer-installed accessories are available.
Since the Azera can only be configured in two ways, your main decision is whether the $4,200 upgrade to the Limited is worth it. If you intend to live with your Azera for a long time, we think it is.