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in 2010 Affordable Large Cars

Avg. Price Paid: $12,706 - $14,248
Original MSRP: $24,970 - $29,570
MPG: 18 City / 26 Hwy
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2010 Hyundai Azera Interior

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When the Azera first reached American showrooms in 2006, Hyundai marketed the sedan as an alternative to far more expensive luxury cars. Now that Hyundai makes the Genesis, a genuine luxury car, it no longer tries to compare the Azera to a Lexus or Mercedes-Benz product. But the Azera’s cabin is still designed with an aesthetic style borrowed from European luxury cars. Wood trim is standard, and even models with cloth upholstery offer leather-wrapped steering wheels and shift knobs. Leather seats are available, but some reviewers say they aren’t up to the level of quality found in some rivals. Also, reviewers say that the car’s design looks dated.

  • “Decent luxury for a low price.” -- Car and Driver
  • "Opulent inside, fitted with easy-to-understand controls and a handsome wood-or metal-trimmed dash that sweeps back neatly into the door panels."-- Road and Track
  • "Attractive cabin materials are not quite to Lexus level, but there are enough padded surfaces and carefully executed details present to belie Azera's price." -- Consumer Guide
  • "Hyundai infuses the Azera's cabin with plenty of luxury and features. With convincing faux wood and metallic piping, materials quality is very good, and those who opt for the Limited will find themselves swaddled in soft double-stitched leather seats." -- Edmunds

Seating

Most reviewers find the Azera’s seats quite comfortable at all four positions. Some say the available leather trim is a grade below what is traditionally found in luxury cars. The Azera’s rear seat is comfortable for three – as a front-wheel-drive car, it lacks the large drive hump that makes the rear seats of the Chrysler 300 and all-wheel-drive Ford Taurus less practical. Legroom is less than that found in the Toyota Avalon, but still enough to meet most families’ needs. Limited models have power-adjustable pedals, which is an unusual touch in a car that costs less than $30,000.

  • "The driving position is easily tailored with a standard power seat, tilt and telescopic steering wheel, and Limited's optional power-adjustable pedals. The seats are nicely contoured for good overall support." -- Consumer Guide
  • "Plush leather seating surfaces and just the right aesthetic touches of wood trim." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • Leather upholstery includes "not-quite-terry-cloth-but-definitely-not-Alcantara seats." -- Car and Driver
  • "Over the course of Edmunds.com's yearlong test of the Azera, the driver seat's light beige leather proved inordinately susceptible to wear and discoloration. Attempts to clean the leather were unsuccessful, so we'd suggest sticking with the black or new brown interior color options." -- Edmunds

Interior Features

The Azera's interior is spacious, and designed with thoughtful ergonomics. Its standard feature list is long, including dual-zone climate control and power seats for both front occupants. A power rear sunshade and a premium Infiniti Logic7 surround-sound audio system give Limited models a touch of luxury.

However, the Azera has been on the road with no significant design changes since 2006. Its interior design has begun to look dated, when compared to more recently-designed competitors. The all-new Ford Taurus, for instance, carries similar equipment, but is designed with a stylish flair the Azera lacks.

  • The dashboard "sweeps gracefully across the car, with intuitive proportions gauges." -- New Car Test Drive
  • "Logical and stylish dashboard puts large, clearly marked gauges and controls within easy view and reach. The steering wheel masks the dashboard-mounted ignition switch, but it includes buttons for audio and climate systems." -- Consumer Guide
  • "Elegant and ergonomically sensible, a nice mixture of luxury and practicality highlighted by faux-wood accents and satin-finish metal pieces. The car has high eye appeal." -- Washington Post
  • "Comes with a boatload of standard equipment." -- Forbes
  • The power rear sunshade "demonstrates Azera's attempt at luxury status. It is a luxury we've previously seen only in cars approaching the $100,000 mark." -- CNET

Cargo

At 16.6 cubic feet, the trunk of the Azera sits roughly in the middle of its class. The Ford Taurus offers more than 20 cubic feet, while the Toyota Avalon trails both at 14.4. Rear seats that fold in a 60/40-split mean the space is easy to expand.  A two-part glovebox and many interior compartments give the Azera more in-cabin storage than most rivals. 

  • "The trunk is not huge, but it is efficiently shaped, easily accessed, and expandable via standard fold-down rear seatbacks. The covered sickle-shaped trunklid hinges sit well outboard and steal little cargo space. Good cabin storage with a large bi-level console bin and front-seatback pockets offsetting the small door map pockets.” -- Consumer Guide
  • Trunk is "spacious, with a wide opening." -- MSN
  • "The trunk is equally expansive, with 16.6 cubic feet of cargo space and a gigantic opening." -- Edmunds

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