- Updated exterior styling for 2015
- Lots of standard features, including a navigation system
- New safety technology available as well
For 2015, the full-size Hyundai Azera gets several needed updates including revised exterior styling and new safety technology.
Exterior changes don’t change the Azera’s look as much as spruce it up in parts. The front fascia, grille, and rear bumper have all been restyled to give the sedan a low, sleek appearance. The signature kinked beltline remains, giving the Azera a unique visual signature in side profile. 18-inch alloy wheels come standard, with larger 19-inch wheels optional. Xenon HID headlights and a panoramic moonroof are also available. 2015 versions of the Azera add a new convenience feature as well, a Smart Trunk that will automatically open if you stand behind the rear bumper for more than three seconds with the key fob on your person.
Under the hood, the Azera has one engine option, a 293-hp, 3.3-liter V-6 with direct injection that makes 255 pounds-feet of torque. A six-speed automatic is the only transmission option and the Azera’s four-wheel independent suspension helps provide a pliant, comfortable ride. Fuel economy ratings are competitive with other full size sedans like the Ford Taurus and Toyota Avalon, 19/29 mpg city/highway.
Inside, the Azera is loaded to the gills with standard kit, giving it great value even for a car that costs in the mid-$30,000 range. A navigation system with an eight-inch touchscreen, heated front and rear seats, powered/ventilated front seats, leather upholstery, HD radio, Blue Link telematics, Bluetooth connectivity, USB ports, and a power tilt/telescoping steering wheel all come on every Azera. This bests even most full-size luxury sedans on features.
There are new safety technologies available on the Azera as well. Added as standard for 2015 is a blind spot detection system that also features lane change assist, which can detect fast approaching vehicles in adjacent lanes and helps the driver to perform safe lane changes. Limited models also add lane departure warnings, forward collision warning, and automatic high beams. Nine airbags, antilock brakes, rearview camera, and an electronic stability system also come standard.