2007 Hyundai Azera Performance
This performance review was written when the 2007 Hyundai Azera was new.
Most reviewers find the Azera driving experience enjoyable, with adequate acceleration, sure braking and comfortable handling. New Car Test Drive auto reviewers agree, calling the Azera "more fun and rewarding" to drive than most of the competition in its class.
The Azera has "poise and refinement that belies its modest price tag," affirms Edmunds, while Kelley Blue Book likes the overall performance of the Azera, noting the sweet sound the engine makes that "perfectly matches its response."
Acceleration and Power
The consensus of test drivers is that the Azera fields an impressive and smooth engine. The Azera SE and Limited both have a 24-valve V6 engine, with 263 horsepower at 6000 rpm and 263 lb-feet of torque at 4,500 rpm. Edmunds calls this engine "surprisingly smooth," and notes that it has "some scoot." Road and Track auto writers agree, calling the engine "smooth and well muted" and "quite quick, able to spin its front wheels on take-off and propel the car to 60 mph in 6.5 seconds." U.S News reviewer Rick Newman was surprised by the Azera's acceleration "which responds instantly and precisely to my abrupt commands," providing a "very crisp and rapid lane change."
The front-wheel drive Azera engine uses Continuously Variable Valve Timing (CVVT), which helps the cylinders breathe more efficiently at both low and high rpms. "The engine is an excellent size for the car, producing solid power without sucking down gas," says CNET, while calling the Azera engine "very modern."
The 2007 Hyundai Azera SE and Limited are both offered in five-speed automatic transmission, with overdrive, shift interlock and SHIFTRONIC®, which allows tap up-and-down manual shifting of the automatic transmission. MSN calls the Azera transmission "responsive."calls the match up of transmission to engine as "good in Azera as Hyundai's ever done," saying that it allows for shifting that is "generally smooth and quick with little lag or stumble." The agrees, noting that acceleration "is strong and smooth", while pointing out that the "transmission matches the engine's smoothness."
Auto reviewers generally agree that the Azera provides adequate fuel economy in comparison to cars of its class. EPA mileage estimates for the five-speed automatic Azera SE is 17 miles per gallon in the city and 26 miles per gallon on the highway. U.S News reviewer Rick Newman calls the fuel economy for the Azera "modest", and Forbes agrees, finding gas mileage to be "about average among midsize, V6-powered sedans." The Azera only requires regular unleaded gasoline.
Handling and Braking
Generally, the Azera's handling is seen as lively and secure, though a number of reviewers did not find it to their liking. Car and Driver notes that although the Azera is a front wheel drive car, "there's almost no evidence of that fact in the driving experience. Zero torque steer and no tendency to spin the inside wheel when exiting a corner leave you wondering exactly where the engine puts down its power." The car is responsive, though not razor sharp. New Car Test Drive calls the handling "nicely balanced" and the steering "sure and precise", and Kelley Blue Book finds the Azera "agile to maneuver." The Azera "relishes curves and is crisp on the highway," writes U.S News reviewer Rick Newman.
While some test drivers note the Azera's smooth and comfortable ride, others argue that the suspension is slightly harsh and unfitting. The Azera comes with a fully independent suspension with front double wishbones with coil springs and a multi-link rear suspension. AutoWeek reviewers find the suspension of the Azera "soft and comfortable," which is typical of many competitive cars in this class. The suspension focuses on providing a smooth ride, and Car and Driver recognizes it as "supple without being floaty" Road and Track agrees, finding the suspension clearly tuned "with comfort in mind but nary a hint of float." Kelley Blue Book raises a few issues with the suspension, calling it "a little bouncy and a little harsh," rather than smooth. agrees to an extent, adding that the Azera provides a "smooth, although occasionally bouncy ride." Warren Brown of was among those least impressed with the Azera's handling, calling it "the softest, most ambling car I've driven since being behind the wheel of a 1996 Buick Park Avenue", and then adding that it is "squishy and drift-prone."
Most reviewers find the Azera brakes confident and strong. The Azera is equipped with 4-wheel disc brakes with an Anti-lock Braking System with Electronic Brake Force Distribution. In addition, the standard Brake Assist feature provides additional braking power when faced with a sudden stop. Edmunds auto reviewers note that during a full test of the Azera, the car stopped from 60 mph in 118 feet, "impressive for a sedan that weighs close to 2 tons." While reviewers from MSN agree that stopping distances are short in the Azera, they note that the brake pedal feels "rather touchy and could use a more linear action." On the negative side, Edmunds auto writers noted that with the long-term tested Azera, the car showed "significant brake fade", which can impact stopping distances from high speeds or from repeated hard braking over a short period of time.