With attractive styling inside and out, the 2016 Hyundai Azera offers full-size comfort and meaningful performance thanks to a nicely-appointed interior and a stout powertrain.

Pricing and Equipment

The 2016 Hyundai Azera is a front-wheel drive full-size five-passenger sedan powered by a 3.3-liter V6 engine and a six-speed automatic transmission. Hyundai offers the Azera in two well-optioned trim levels.

  • The feature-laden base Azera starts at $34,100. Highlights include 18-inch wheels, push-button start, 8-inch touchscreen navigation, 550-watt 14-speaker Infinity audio, leather-trimmed upholstery, heated and ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, blind spot detection with rear cross-traffic alert, and lane change assist.
  • The top-trim Azera Limited begins at $39,300. Building upon the already well-equipped base model, the Premium adds luxury and safety features like 19-inch wheels, an electronic parking brake, smart cruise control with start/stop capability, a panoramic sunroof, HID Xenon headlights, lane departure warning, forward collision warning, automatic high beam assist, rear parking sensors, interior ambient lighting, and a power rear sunshade.

Prices do not include an $895 freight charge.

Performance Pros

Hyundai Azera Side

The 2016 Azera is powered by a powerful 293-horsepower and 255 lb-ft of torque 3.3-liter V6 engine and smooth-shifting six-speed automatic transmission.

  • Acceleration is excellent for a full-size sedan; the Azera scoots from zero to sixty miles per hour in 6.2 seconds.
  • The six-speed automatic transmission includes Hyundai’s Shiftronic system that allows the driver to change gears manually, and an Active ECO system works to help relieve strain from the engine to conserve fuel.
  • Fuel economy is good for the segment. The Azera earns up to 20 mpg city and 29 mpg highway.

Performance Cons

  • Steering feel is uninspiring
  • The engine needs to be pushed to shine.

Interior Pros

Hyundai Azera Interior

The 2016 Hyundai Azera offers a premium cabin at a not-so-premium price tag. High quality leather-trimmed seating is standard, heated and ventilated up front and heated in the back.

  • Carbon fiber-appearance trim decorates the cabin, while nice touches like a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob add to the luxury feel.
  • The Azera is loaded with standard technology. The “base” 550-watt Infinity audio system is closer to what many manufacturers would treat as a $2,000 option. Navigation with an 8-inch touchscreen display adds to the value.
  • The panoramic sunroof in the Limited model is absolutely stunning—the roof alone may warrant the additional cost for some.

Interior Cons

  • The rear seat is better for two adults and/or three children. The center seat is lacking in space.

The Most Pleasant Surprise

The 2016 Hyundai Azera just might be the best kept secret for families looking to upgrade to a luxury sedan without the premium price tag.

The Least Pleasant Surprise

The Azera’s steering is great for highway cruising but could use refinement and a bit of tuned-in sportiness to make it more enjoyable around town and on winding back roads.

The Bottom Line

Hyundai Azera Sunroof

If you think you know the Hyundai brand, but you haven’t experienced the mid-priced range of newer models, you really don’t know Hyundai. The 2016 Azera is a legitimately contender in the affordable full-size car segment, providing a nice ride, great performance and a luxurious cabin with amenities usually only found as expensive optional equipment on cars at the Azera’s price point. Be aware that the Azera’s driving dynamics may or may not fit your taste, so a long spirited test drive is obviously recommended. But frankly, I would suggest you do that with any potential new car purchase.