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2013 Hyundai Azera Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2013 Hyundai Azera was new.


Interior: 8.2

Most reviewers say that the 2013 Hyundai Azera has an upscale, modern cabin that’s filled with high-quality materials. One critic was let down by hard plastics on the dashboard, but another reviewer compares the Azera’s interior to those found in upscale cars from Acura and Lexus. Interior design cues like the large, centrally-mounted volume knob and ambient lighting also earn praise, as one test driver says that they contribute to the Azera’s premium feel.

  • "Inside and out, the all-new-last-year Hyundai Azera is, in 2013, arguably the best-looking car in the large-sedan class." -- Kelley Blue Book  
  • "On the inside, the Azera also maintains the upscale Sonata theme. There is a significant (and slightly disappointing) amount of hard plastic on the dashboard, so the racy faux carbon-fiber trim seems oddly out of place." -- Edmunds (2012) 
  • "Dark colors give it a cool, classy ambiance, and I like the ringed lighting sprinkled around the cabin. Center stack is definitely design-driven and the huge volume knob is somewhat out of place. Lots of cool, soft lights that make it impressive to look at at night." -- Motor Trend (2012)
  • "My brain was having a hard time processing the notion that I was in an Azera and not an Acura or Lexus, but I shouldn't have been surprised: every new Hyundai model in recent years has been a quantum leap over its direct predecessor in terms of design, styling, engineering, and perceived quality, and the Azera is no exception." -- Automobile Magazine (2012)


Most reviewers praise the Azera for its spacious, comfortable seats. One test driver also notes that outward visibility is quite good from the driver’s seat. Power-adjustable front seats, leather upholstery and heated front and rear seats are standard. Models with the technology package add ventilated, 12-way power-adjustable front seats with memory and a power tilt and telescopic steering wheel.

  • "Heated front seats are increasingly common across all segments, but the 2013 Hyundai Azera's ventilated, cooled front seats and its even rarer heated rear seats are nice touches." -- Kelley Blue Book 
  • "Front-seat visibility is very good, with enough reference points to accurately gauge how wide and long the Azera is in tight spaces." -- Edmunds (2012)
  • "The Azera is a real wild card. Based on the Sonata's platform, it's sort of Hyundai's Avalon -- 3.5 inches longer than the Sonata and 1 inch wider. And the biggest winner is rear legroom, which is inflated by 2.2 inches." -- Motor Trend (2012)
  • "Driver and passenger have more room than they'll ever need; our fully grown rear-seat occupant rode in complete comfort, even after we jacked the driver's seat all the way back in a thinly veiled attempt to shatter his ankles." -- Car and Driver (2012) 

Interior Features

The 2013 Hyundai Azera comes standard with a backup camera, push-button start, navigation, Bluetooth phone and audio streaming, a USB port and dual-zone climate control. The optional technology package adds features that include a power rear sunshade and manual side-window sunshades, an Infinity sound system, rear parking sensors and a panoramic moonroof.

Hyundai has made a name for itself by offering a competitive number of standard features, and reviewers say that the 2013 Azera has electronics that are often high-dollar options in other affordable large cars. One test driver notes that the Azera’s audio and climate controls are easy to use, while another says that the optional Infinity stereo offers exceptional sound quality. Still, the cabin isn’t without its ergonomic missteps, as one critic thinks that the Azera’s gearshift isn’t ideally located.

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  • "The Azera's roster of standard features is really quite striking." -- Kelley Blue Book 
  • "Dash-mounted controls for audio and climate are unconventional, but thankfully easy to operate, perhaps because the car is targeted at those who might not be tech-savvy when it comes to electronics." -- Edmunds (2012)
  • "The Azera's shifter, like the Sonata's, remains too close to the driver." -- Motor Trend (2012)
  • "The Logic 7 system and its eight-inch subwoofer made the most of the rich details of ‘Lush Life’ by Johnny Coltrane and John Hartman. Gotta love the huge, rotating volume-control knob that sits prominently in the center stack." -- Automobile Magazine (2012)


The Azera has 16.3 cubic feet of trunk space, and reviewers generally agree that it’s a competitive amount of room. However, if you need more space, consider the Ford Taurus, which has 20.1 cubic feet for cargo. One test driver comments that the Azera offers useful small-item storage spaces in the cabin, including the covered center bin that hides the USB port, and keeps smartphones and iPods hidden.

  • "We also appreciated the covered center bin that houses the USB/auxiliary audio inputs, which keeps portable music players out of sight of prying eyes. Elsewhere in the Azera, storage is similarly ample, with a large center armrest bin, cupholders and door pockets." -- Edmunds (2012) 
  • "The trunk, which holds a generous 16.3 cubic feet, is deep and wide but has a fairly high liftover height that older buyers might not appreciate." -- Automobile Magazine (2012)
  • "Trunk volume measures a competitive 16.3 cubic feet." -- Cars.com (2012)

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