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2009 Hyundai Azera Performance Review

Note: This performance review was created when the 2009 Hyundai Azera was new.


Performance: 8.0

The 2009 Azera provides a driving experience reviewers didn't expect from Hyundai just a few years ago. It accelerates well, stops with assurance and handles comfortably, though not with sport-sedan spirit.

  • "For the money, the 2009 Hyundai Azera offers impressive levels of refinement and composure." -- Edmunds
  • "The ride attempts to mimic the plush feel of Toyota's Avalon, but Azera is harsher over small bumps." -- Consumer Guide
  • "Driving the Hyundai Azera is more fun and rewarding than driving most of the competition." -- New Car Test Drive

Acceleration and Power

The Azera is available with a pair of V6 engines. The smaller version, a 3.3-liter V6 rated for 234 horsepower, will meet the needs of most drivers. The Azera Limited's larger 3.8-liter 263-horsepower V6 genuinely impresses reviewers. A five-speed automatic transmission, which can be shifted manually with a tap of the stick, is well-matched to the engine. EPA mileage estimates for the five-speed automatic base Azera are 18 miles per gallon in the city and 26 mpg on the highway. The Limited is rated at 17 mpg in the city and 26 on the highway.

  • "Although it never feels as athletic as rear-drive cars like the Pontiac G8 and Chrysler 300, the Azera Limited's acceleration is strong, and there's always ample power on tap from the 3.8-liter V6." -- Edmunds
  • "Quite quick, able to spin its front wheels on take-off and propel the car to 60 mph in 6.5 seconds." -- Road and Track
  • The larger "engine is an excellent size for the car, producing solid power without sucking down gas." -- CNET

Handling and Braking

The 2009 Azera handles well, though it's not razor sharp. Its suspension is a bit firm for some drivers, but others find it comfortable, so shoppers may simply need to test drive the Azera and make their own decision about its ride.

  • "The Azera's handling is on the soft side, but the car feels predictable and secure around turns and the steering has a slick, accurate feel." -- Edmunds
  • "Corners with decent grip, modest body lean, and positive, but light, steering feel. The strong brakes are easily modulated." -- Consumer Guide
  • "Although the Azera is a front wheel drive car, there's almost no evidence of that fact in the driving experience...you leave wondering exactly where the engine puts down its power." -- Car and Driver
  • "Nicely balanced handling." -- New Car Test Drive
  • "Agile to maneuver." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • Suspension is "clearly tuned with comfort in mind but nary a hint of float." -- Road and Track
  • "Brakes are rather touchy and could use a more linear action." -- MSN

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