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2011 Hyundai Azera Performance Review

Note: This performance review was created when the 2011 Hyundai Azera was new.


Performance: 7.7

The 2011 Azera gets a performance upgrade over the 2010 model, but is still more comfortable than sporty. Reviewers say it compares well with more sedate large cars like the Toyota Avalon, offering a similar cushioned ride. It won’t match the sportier handling of the Ford Taurus or the V8 power available in the Chrysler 300.

  • "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

For 2011, the Hyundai Azera gets a new transmission, as well as a bump in power and fuel economy.

Hyundai offers two V6 engines in the Azera. The cheaper of the two, a 3.3-liter V6, is rated at 260 horsepower -- that’s 26 more horsepower than last year’s model. It will easily meet the needs of most drivers. The Azera Limited's larger 3.8-liter V6 offers a more impressive 283 horsepower -- 15 more than last year. Reviewers say the 3.8-liter is a better fit for the car’s weight, and may be worth the added price for many shoppers. Last year’s five-speed automatic transmission is replaced with a six-speed automatic transmission, which can be shifted manually with a tap of the stick.  

According to the EPA, the 3.3-liter Azera nets a city/highway fuel economy of 20/28 mpg. The 3.8-liter model nets 19/27 mpg. The 2010 Azera netted around 17/26 mpg.

  • "Drivers are typically surprised to learn that the Azera is one of the fastest vehicles in affordable large car segment, offering an admirable 0-60 mph time of just 6.1 seconds." -- Automobile.com
  • “V6 furnishes snappy takeoffs and is aided by a responsive automatic transmission.” -- Consumer Guide
  • "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

Handling and Braking

The 2011 Azera isn’t built for driving enthusiasts. Instead, it’s a comfortable commuter. A few reviewers praise the handling, but most say it is soft, with a floaty ride. There are no sharp handlers among the large car class, but auto writers tend to call the Azera one of the more softly-tuned cars in the group. Its brakes are strong -- so strong that some test drivers have called them grabby.

  • "Although the handling of the 2011 Azera is somewhat soft, reviewers agree that the steering remains precise. The braking system is impressive as well, bringing the Azera to a halt from 60 mph in just 118 feet." -- Automobile.com
  • "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
  • "Nicely balanced handling." -- New Car Test Drive

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