2007 Hyundai Azera Review
The Azera delivers solid performance, a very roomy interior, a long list of safety features and an unmatched warranty. However, many consider the handling vague, and the exterior styling bland. If you're looking to cross-shop similar vehicles, you may want to consider the class-leading Toyota Avalon and the Dodge Charger, or even take a look at the somewhat smaller but well-regarded Honda Accord and Toyota Camry.
The Azera is liked by the majority of auto reviewers for its generous interior space, solid acceleration, confident braking, long list of standard safety features and solid reliability. Edmunds calls the Azera "stylish yet unassuming, comfortable yet agile, and luxurious yet modestly priced," and awarded it a "Most Wanted Sedan Under $30,000" award.
The Azera is well-liked for its balance of features and capabilities. Forbes writers sum up the consensus best, calling it "handsomely styled inside and out," noting that it "delivers a smooth ride," and is "wider and roomier than its predecessor and offers added overall sophistication." The agrees, stating that the Azera "is poised for stardom, with its contemporary design, roomy interior and more than adequate power." MSN arrives at a similar conclusion, calling the Azera "a blend of style, safety, luxury and performance of a premium sedan but at a more attainable price."
Many reviewers note the Azera's affordability within its class, finding its price point compelling, attractive and competitive. U.S. News reviewer Rick Newman calls the Azera a "darn good product that undercuts the competition by a couple thousand dollars or more." "The Azera may be inexpensive," chimes in Edmunds "but don't think that means it looks or feels cheap," noting that it is "a value leader in its segment, offering a price tag that undercuts top competitors." In agreement, Kelley Blue Book calls the Azera "a value leader in its segment," and "one of the most powerful Hyundais ever built." IntelliChoice gives the base model Azera a value rating of "average" for its predicted five-year cost of ownership compared to other vehicles in its class.
However, a vocal minority disagrees with the consensus. AutoWeek, for example, says "the price tag kills the deal", noting that a similarly priced Ford Fusion or new Toyota Camry might be a better buy.
The 2007 Hyundai Azera comes in three different trim levels: the base Azera GLS, the Azera SE and the Azera Limited.