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2017 Hyundai Azera Performance Review

Note: This performance review was created when the 2017 Hyundai Azera was new.


Performance: 7.3

The 2017 Hyundai Azera delivers performance that won't disappoint, but if you're looking for a sporty drive, you may want to look at some of its rivals, like the Chrysler 300, which has superior handling and overall performance. The Azera's handling is comfortable enough, but it’s choppy over rough pavement, and its steering is numb. Its acceleration is strong and its transmission shifts smoothly.

  • "The 2016 Hyundai Azera delivers a good driving experience, thanks to a smooth ride and a quiet and powerful V6 engine." -- Edmunds (2016)
  • "The 2016 Hyundai Azera looks luxury and drives luxury. While not a sports car, it is doubtful many of its likely satisfied owners will find much to dislike." -- Kelley Blue Book (2016)

Acceleration and Power

The 2017 Hyundai Azera comes with a 3.3-liter V6 engine that makes 293 horsepower. A six-speed automatic transmission is standard. The base Azera gets 20 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway. The Limited trim gets 19/28 mpg city/highway. This is slightly below average for the class.

The Azera has enough power for both city and highway driving. It has strong acceleration and gets up to highway and passing speeds with no problem. Its transmission shifts especially smoothly. However, there are other classmates with better performance, including the Chrysler 300 and Chevrolet SS.

  • "The 293-horsepower V6 is gutsy, and it moves the big sedan around with authority. The six-speed automatic may not shift especially quickly, but it does so with uncommon smoothness."-- Edmunds
  • Under the hood, the V6's output numbers are fully competitive, but the Avalon and Impala feel stronger with their larger-displacement motors. Still, there's plenty of smooth power for passing and merging, and that's largely what matters in this segment." -- Autotrader (2016)
  • "It gets down the road with a noticeably strong V6 of 293 horsepower that's matched to a genuinely commendable 6-speed automatic transmission, so off the line, squirting through traffic and hauling the highway will be a piece of driving cake." -- Kelley Blue Book (2016)

Handling and Braking

The Hyundai Azera comes with front-wheel drive, and its ride is mostly comfortable with fairly competent handling. On smooth roads you'll notice little disturbance. However, the Azera becomes less stable over rough pavement. There is noticeable lean around corners and steering is numb and dull, providing little feedback and delayed response to the driver.

  • "The Azera's 3.3-liter V6 is an effective powertrain, and the suspension does a pretty good job of balancing ride quality with handling precision. It has a good balance between control and comfort. It's nicely suited for both city and highway driving." -- Edmunds
  • 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 numb and isolated, and there's a bunch of body roll in corners. We have to give the Azera's suspension engineers their due, though, as the Azera is actually reasonably athletic for a full-size sedan once you get used to that body roll." -- Autotrader (2016)
  • "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)

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