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2016 Hyundai Azera Performance Review

Note: This performance review was created when the 2016 Hyundai Azera was new.


Performance: 7.2

If performance is a priority, the 2016 Hyundai Azera is the wrong vehicle. Reviewers point out that rivals like the Chrysler 300 and Toyota Avalon have sharper handling. The Azera's ride is comfortable on smooth roads but choppy on rough pavement.

  • "… [T]he Azera's racy good looks don't translate into the promise of a spirited driving experience." -- Kelley Blue Book (2015)
  • Overall, the Azera inspires confidence, with none of the floaty feeling you might associate with large sedans. Truth be told, though, all its competitors can make the same claim and some are a little more involving to drive." -- Edmunds (2014)

Acceleration and Power

The 2016 Hyundai Azera comes with a 3.3-liter V6 engine that makes 293 horsepower. A six-speed automatic transmission is standard.

According to the EPA, the base 2016 Azera gets 20/29 mpg city/highway, which is typical for the class. The Limited trim gets 19/28.

The Azera delivers ample power for driving in the city and passing on the highway. Both its engine and transmission operate smoothly.

  • "With nearly 300 hp on tap, the Hyundai Azera's 3.3-liter V6 offers plenty of punch in most driving situations, even with four adults on board." -- Edmunds
  • "… although the Azera's V6 fails to raise the bar, it's an admirably refined motor that should please most drivers. There's plenty of smooth power for passing and merging, and that's largely what matters in this segment." -- AutoTrader (2014)
  • "Though Azera is tuned for a smooth ‘flow’ of acceleration rather than snappy response from a stop, its pick-up is pleasingly robust overall. Power is ample in both city and highway driving, and the transmission is cooperative." -- Consumer Guide (2013)
  • "The only available powertrain in the Azera is a 3.3-liter V-6 lashed to a six-speed automatic transmission with a manual shifting mode and steering-wheel-mounted paddles. It's smooth and quiet, revs willingly if not lustily, and shifts almost imperceptibly." -- Car and Driver (2012)

Handling and Braking

Though the Hyundai Azera handles fairly competently, it's less athletic than rivals like the Chrysler 300 and Toyota Avalon. Moreover, the Azera leans noticeably while cornering and its steering system feels numb. The Azera rides comfortably on smooth roads, but its ride becomes harsh on uneven pavement.

  • Although the 2016 Hyundai Azera is tuned mainly to deliver a pleasant ride, you'll find its handling around turns steady and confident. Still, rivals like the Avalon and the 300 blend sharper handling with acceptable ride comfort, and they steer a little more crisply, too." -- Edmunds
  • "The electric-assist power steering feels vague and unresponsive. The suspension delivers a comfortable ride, but only so long as the road surface remains smooth - over bumps and road distortions, the Azera feels unsettled and even jarring at times." -- Kelley Blue Book (2015)
  • Handling is safe and predictable but far from exciting; other models in this segment offer more engaging dynamics." -- Left Lane News (2015)
  • On the road, Azera is all about comfort and isolation from the elements. Road and wind noise are minimal, while the soft suspension filters out impacts from all but the roughest roads. Less optimally, the steering feels isolated despite some claimed improvements for 2014, and there's a bunch of body roll in corners." -- AutoTrader (2014)

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