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2011 Hyundai Azera Review

The 2011 Hyundai Azera is a competent performer with a comfortable ride, but with other 2011 large cars offering better interior quality and safety scores, the Azera may not be the best choice.

Pros & Cons

  • Very spacious interior with solid fit and finish
  • Comfortable and quiet ride
  • Unexciting handling
  • Below-average safety scores for the class

New for 2011

  • New six-speed automatic transmission
  • Revamped engines for better power and fuel economy




Critics' Rating: 8.8
Performance: 7.7
Interior: 8.9
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.3
Safety: 8.8
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2011 Hyundai Azera Overview

For 2011, the Hyundai Azera received a six-speed automatic transmission, which improves fuel economy, but doesn’t make the car any sportier. The Azera’s suspension is tuned with comfort in mind, but some reviewers thought that the handling was too soft, while others felt that it was well-balanced compared with other affordable large cars. With 26 more horsepower than the 2010 model, reviewers thought that the base Azera offered an adequate combination of power and acceleration, but preferred the Limited’s 3.8-liter V6 because it provided more power. If safety is a priority, rivals like the 2011 Ford Taurus and 2011 Buick LaCrosse performed better in crash tests.  

Test drivers said the Azera’s interior was designed with elegance in mind. Wood and metallic trim come standard, but reviewers thought that the available leather upholstery wasn’t on par with competitors’. Still, test drivers liked the long list of standard features, including cloth seats, power front seats, a six-speaker CD stereo with an auxiliary input jack and USB port and dual-zone automatic climate control. The Azera also offers leather upholstery, heated front seats, a power sunroof, a power rear sunshade, Bluetooth, an Infinity stereo and a navigation system in higher trims or packages. When it was new, reviewers liked the Azera’s seating comfort and found that the cabin was quite spacious. 

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Other Cars to Consider

The highly-rated 2011 Buick LaCrosse is a good option if you’re looking for a refined large sedan with strong safety ratings. Both the LaCrosse and Azera have comparable fuel economy, but the LaCrosse’s base engine is less powerful. Still, many reviewers thought that the LaCrosse offered a better driving experience. If you’re looking for a more balanced ride, the LaCrosse is a good choice, since test drivers felt the Azera’s handling was soft.   

If you’re seeking a solid all-around large car, the 2011 Ford Taurus is one of the top-ranked cars in the class and was named our 2011 Best Family Sedan for the Money. The Taurus combines good performance with a high-quality, roomy interior. With the Taurus, you’ll also gain a better safety rating, but the Azera uses slightly less fuel. The Taurus also has more cargo space than the Azera and LaCrosse.

Compare the Azera to the LaCrosse and the Taurus »

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