- Navigation system is no longer standard on base trim
- Base MSRP has dropped to $31,000
- 293-hp V-6 engine, 29 mpg on the highway
The 2014 Hyundai Azera returns, now two years removed from a full redesign. For the new model year, the base price has dropped over $1,000 to $31,000, but that reduction comes at the cost of some standard equipment, notably the navigation system which is now optional on the base trim but still standard on Limited models.
The Azera got the full “fluidic design” treatment in 2012 and in a lot of ways, resembles a Sonata that has spent a few extra hours at the gym to bulk up. From the front it’s difficult to tell the two Hyundai siblings apart, but the Azera has a few more swoops and some added sharpness to its headlights. Rearwards there are dual-exhausts that are integrated into the bumper and rear taillights with a red strip that crosses the whole trunk just above the license plate. Exterior options include xenon HID headlights and a panoramic moonroof, which gives the cabin a great sense of airiness and space.
Power comes from a 293-horsepower, direct-injected 3.3-liter V-6 that makes 255 pounds-feet of torque and is mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. The Azera also offers a four-wheel independent suspension and fuel economy ratings of 19/29 mpg city/highway, competitive with other cars like the Ford Taurus and Chrysler 300.
The Azera’s curves aren’t limited to its exterior; the interior features the same swoopiness, with a high dashboard that flows into a diving center console. The Azera, even with the recent subtractions, has a stuffed standard features list, offering heated front and rear seats, leather upholstery, dual-zone automatic climate control, Bluetooth connectivity, and USB/iPod port. Hyundai’s Blue Link telematics system (similar to OnStar on GM models) is also standard. Options include an upgraded stereo, ventilated front seats, 8-inch touch-screen navigation system, and a power-adjustable steering column.
There are also plenty of standard safety features, including seven airbags, an electronic stability system with traction control, backup camera, and antilock brakes. Rear parking sensors are optional for safer backing.