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2006 Hyundai Azera Sedan

4dr Sdn SE

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Overview

The 2006 Hyundai Azera is an all-new, full-size sedan and it is a remarkable car. The powertrain is state of the art. The 3.8-liter V6 engine features variable valve timing for low emissions and a broad power curve, while the five-speed automatic gives the driver the option of shifting semi-manually, all very competitive with Lexus, Infiniti and Acura. While there's nothing especially striking in design or styling, take off the Hyundai badge, and it'll pass as family to any one of those Pacific Rim nameplates.

Inside, fit and finish set a new standard for the marque, with quality materials and assembly. There's a quiet elegance in the simplicity of the instruments, usability of the controls and sleekness of design. What isn't readily visible received the same attention as what is, with hardware studiously hidden away and storage bins fully finished. All is not perfection. Some faux leather feels more like vinyl than bovine. But the overall presentation is quite upscale.

At a more practical level, the Azera equals or betters the competition in standard equipment, with special emphasis on safety. Eight airbags are standard, as are electronic stability control, traction control, antilock brakes with electronic brake-force distribution and active front seat head restraints. Rain-sensing windshield wipers, more commonly found only on high-end cars, are optional.

In design and styling, creature comforts, powertrain and those all-important safety features, the Azera offers as much or more than anything else in the class, and at a lower price.

Azera marks a new venture for the South Korea-based carmaker. It's a move upmarket, to compete with the likes of the Toyota Avalon, the Nissan Maxima, the Buick LaCrosse, and the Mercury Milan. Rumors abound that it's the proverbial toe in the water as Hyundai contemplates joining Honda, Nissan and Toyota in creating a stand-alone luxury brand, along the lines of Acura, Infiniti and Lexus. If the Azera is what Hyundai can do with an entry-level luxury car, imagine what it could do with a car costing half again as much.

Model Lineup

Hyundai makes it easy to pick your Azera, offering only two models, the SE ($24,335) and the Limited ($26,835). The same engine, a 3.8-liter, 263-horsepower V6 with variable valve timing, powers both and drives the front wheels through a five-speed, Shiftronic automatic transmission.

The SE comes with dual-zone climate control; cloth upholstery, four-way driver and two-way passenger power front seats; power windows, mirrors and central locking with keyless remote; leather-trimmed, tilt-and-telescope steering wheel and shift knob; cruise control; AM/FM/CD/MP3 stereo with steering wheel-mounted controls; bi-level front center console; 16-inch wheels. The SE Premium Package ($1,600) adds a power tilt-and-slide sunroof, premium stereo with in-dash, 6CD changer, heated front seats. Dealer accessories include floor mats ($85); wheel locks ($40); sunroof wind deflector ($80); trunk floor mat ($90); and composite cargo tray ($90).

The Limited steps up with leather-trimmed seats, heated front seats, woodgrain and leather-wrapped steering wheel, powered rear sunshade, 17-inch wheels and Michelin tires. The Limited Premium Package ($1500) adds the power sunroof and premium stereo. The Ultimate Package ($2500) includes the sunroof and stereo plus power adjustable pedals and tilt-and-telescope steering wheel, memory for the driver's seat, mirrors, and steering column, rain-sensing wipers and power folding outside mirrors.

Safety features are comprehensive, including state-of-the-art frontal airbags, full-coverage side-impact airbags, side curtain airbags, active head restraints for the front seats, and LATCH child safety seat anchors. All five seating positions have adjustable head restraints and three-point belts; the front seatbelts have pre-tensioners and height-adjustable shoulder loops. Active safety features for crash avoidance include antilock brakes (ABS) with electronic brake-force distribution (EBD), electronic stability control and traction control.

Walkaround

Hyundai's stylists may have started out copying more than creating, but they're ever so persistently breaking out of that mode. While there may be nothing strikingly new or original about the Azera's looks, there's nevertheless a completeness, a proportional flow that both catches and pleases the eye.

The front end of the Hyundai Azera could be that of the smaller Sonata with the comfortable filling out that can come with healthy aging; not quite stately, but definitely wiser. The grille shape is familiar, as are the headlights and the slim, borderline overly wide, bifurcated gap beneath the bumper, itself adorned with thin, bright-finish bump strips at each corner.

The side view reaches for elegance, with gracefully arced, micro-bulged fenders and a glasshouse that rises softly from the bonnet, flows smoothly over an elongated cabin and falls gently into the boot. The rear overhang extends a bit farther than the shorter front overhang, but wide doors and spacious windows temper the relatively minor discord. A trunk lid that seems to sit atop the rear fenders, inviting unfortunate comparison with the awkward back end of the current BMW 7 Series, but some designers are saying it's a necessary design solution and we're seeing the same sort of thing on the newest models from Lexus and Acura.

The Azera's back end is equally reminiscent of the Sonata, albeit fuller, more mature. Sonata-like shapes outline the lighting arrangements and license plate. A unique reflector strip reaching across the trunk lid doubles as a background for the only external display of the name, Azera. A bright-finish strip along the top of the bumper finishes the loop started at the front and carried along the side. Widely spaced, dual exhaust tips add a sporty touch that lightens up the rear aspect.

Interior Features

Save for a couple quirky touches, the Hyundai Azera's interior delivers comfortable, near-elegant transport. Materials are top notch, and more than just the upholstery, dash covering and carpet, reaching as well to fabric headliner (instead of what's dismissively known in the industry as mouse fur) and fully flocked glovebox and other storage cubbies. Tolerances, those worrisome gaps between the bits and pieces of plastic and other materials comprising the interior, are impressively tight, earning high marks for fit and finish. All hinged fixtures, from glove box door to roof-mounted grab handles, are damped for smooth, quiet operation.

The dash sweeps gracefully across the car, beginning and ending in sectioned caps molded into the front door panels, and beneath an odd, table edge-like, flat rim that circles the entire interior from the outboard edges of the rear seats. Vent registers are symmetrically positioned near the doors and on each side of the audio and climate control panels centered above a large storage bin. Intuitively proportioned tachometer, speedometer, fuel level and engine coolant gauges peer out from a hooded pod through the top half of the steering wheel. Large, friendly knobs, buttons and switches return a pleasant tactile feel.

The center console is trimmed in natural-looking woodgrain and brushed aluminum. Up front, almost tucked up underneath the dash overhang, is a covered ashtray with lighter. Aft of this is a small cubby, with controls for the seat heaters standard in the Limited and optional in the SE. Driver and front passenger have access to a pair of cup holders beneath a hinged cover forward of the padded cover over the bi-level center console storage bin.

The shift lever travels through a gated slot that puts the secondary, Sportronic gear selector slot on the opposite side of the gate from the driver. We prefer it on the driver's side.

Map pockets in each door are provided, part of which flip out to expand. The backsides of the front seats wear magazine pouches. Back seat passengers get a fold-down center armrest with two cup holders and, overhead, reading lights.

The seats, front and rear, are comfortable but supportive. Front seat bases are fully enclosed so hardware isn't exposed. The driver's seat power lumbar covers an impressive range. Front seats give more and better thigh support than the rears, but the copious rear seat leg room more than compensates, helped by the rear doors' remarkably wide openings.

Visibility is good all around, with special credit to the view out the back. The adjustable rear head restraints are the shingle type, which are formed to fit down over the top of the seatback when retracted. The electro-chromatic rearview mirror comes with an off switch, for the compass, too, and when that's turned off, the window in which it appears fades into the mirror. And shift into reverse with the Limited's rear sunshade deployed, and it automatically retracts.

The Azera is roomy. Against the competition in interior measurements, the Azera generally prevails, besting the 2006 Nissan Maxima, the 2006 Buick LaCrosse and the 2006 Mercury Milan in all measures and losing only to the 2006 Toyota Avalon in front and rear seat hiproom and rear seat legroom.

In trunk space, the Azera tops them all, the Avalon by more than two cubic feet, the LaCrosse by just over half a cubic foot. The Azera's trunk is fully finished, and enclosed gooseneck hinges and a hydraulic strut lift the lid.

Driving Impressions

Driving the Hyundai Azera is more fun and rewarding than driving any of the competition, save maybe for the Mercury Milan, which is a bit smaller and quite a bit lighter. This is despite the Azera tipping the scales at around 140 pounds heavier than any of the rest. Power-wise, it gives up only a few horsepower to the competition and equals or beats them in torque. In overall dimensions and stance on the road, there's little difference. What differentiates the Azera is the way it feels from the driver's seat, and the signals the various mechanicals send to the driver through the car's touch points.

Response to the gas pedal is smooth, immediate and linear; Hyundai says the Azera will get to 60 miles per hour from a dead stop in well under 7 seconds, which puts it smack in the heart of its competitors' numbers, although the claimed 146 mph top speed moves it close to the head of the class in that regard. Its one shortcoming in raw performance data is its fuel economy, as the EPA estimates it trails the others by as much as two or three miles per gallon in city and highway driving, respectively.

Transmission shifts may not be invisible, but only slightly less so than in the pricier Avalon and on a par with the Milan. The Sportronic selects gears in the proper direction, forward to shift up, rearward to shift down. On the down side, while it holds a higher gear, it will shift up when the engine approaches redline.

The brake pedal feels solid, and the four-wheel discs haul the Azera down from extra-legal speeds with confidence and no noticeable fade in everyday driving. Steering assist is nominal, with just about the proper amount of resistance to wheel movements, unlike the Avalon, for instance, which is over-assisted for our tastes, and the Milan, which could use a bit more assist.

Response to steering inputs, while not razor sharp, is sure and precise. Handling is nicely balanced. Put another way, while the Azera doesn't beg to be driven rapidly along two-lane, winding country roads, if so called upon, neither will it embarrass a reasonably rambunctious driver. Not even in the pricier Avalon Touring were we as comfortable on such roads; in the Milan and Maxima, yes, but the former's overall quality level fell a bit short and the latter is priced up there with the Avalon.

As with its front wheel-drive counterparts, beware of the Azera's understeer (where the car wants to go straight when the driver wants it to turn) when it's pushed too hard in tight and high-speed turns; even so, the standard electronic stability control system should keep all but the most irrationally exuberant driver out of trouble. Directional stability on freeways is above reproach, and there is zero hint of float over pavement heaves.

Little wind and road noise intrudes on the cabin, although we noticed more of the latter in the rear seat than in the front. No buzzes, squeaks or rattles surfaced in our couple hundred miles over virtually every type of pavement in the test car.

Summary

The Hyundai Azera is an amazing accomplishment from the same car maker that made its U.S. debut almost two decades ago with the disposable Excel. As a matter of fact, it's a pretty impressive car regardless, what with all the standard creature comfort and safety features. Then there's its price, giving it an advantage of between $1500 and $3000. Like its smaller, less expensive sibling, the Sonata, the Azera could well set a new standard in performance, price and value.

NewCarTestDrive.com correspondent Tom Lankard filed this report from La Jolla, California.

Model Line Overview
Base Price (MSRP)
$24,335
Model lineup:
Hyundai Azera SE ($24,335); Azera Limited ($26,835)
Engines:
263-hp 3.8-liter V6
Transmissions:
5-speed automatic with Shiftronic
Safety equipment (Standard):
dual-stage front seat airbags; front and rear, seat-mounted, side-impact airbags; full-coverage, roof-mounted, side-curtain airbags; front seat active head restraints; electronic stability control; ABS with EBD; traction control; child safety seat anchors (LATCH)
Safety equipment (Optional):
N/A
Basic warranty:
5 years/60,000 miles
Assembled in:
Asan, South Korea
Specifications As Tested
Model tested (MSRP):
Hyundai Azera Limited ($26,835)
Standard equipment:
automatic, dual climate control; cruise control; power windows, mirrors and keyless-remote central locking; manual, tilt-and-telescope steering wheel; power 8-way driver and 4-way passenger seats; leather-trimmed seats and shift knob; AM/FM/CD/MP3 stereo; heated front seats; wood-grain/leather-wrapped steering wheel; power rear sunshade; electro-chromatic inside mirror with compass and universal programmable remote; auto-headlights; carpeted floor mats
Options as tested:
Ultimate Package: power, tilt-and-slide sunroof; AM/FM/in-dash 6-CD/MP3, 10-speaker with subwoofer stereo; power tilt-and-telescope steering wheel; power adjustable pedals; driver seat, outside mirrors and steering column memory; rain-sensing windshield wipers; power folding outside mirrors ($2500)
Destination charge:
660
Gas Guzzler Tax:
N/A
Price as tested (MSRP)
$29,995
Layout:
front-wheel drive
Engine:
3.6-liter dohc 24-valve V6
Horsepower (hp @ rpm):
263 @ 6000
Torque (lb.-ft. @ rpm):
255 @ 4500
Transmission:
5-speed automatic
EPA fuel economy, city/hwy:
19/28 mpg.
Wheelbase:
109.4 in.
Length/width/height:
192.7/72.8/58.7 in.
Track, f/r:
62.2/61.6 in.
Turning circle:
37.4 ft.
Seating capacity:
5
Head/hip/leg room, f:
40.2/55.5/43.7 in.
Head/hip/leg room, m:
N/A
Head/hip/leg room, r:
38.2/55.1/38.2 in.
Cargo volume:
16.6 cu. ft.
Payload:
N/A
Towing capacity:
2000 lbs.
Suspension F:
independent, double wishbone, coil springs, nitrogen-filled shocks, stabilizer bar
Suspension R:
independent, multi-link, coil springs, nitrogen-filled shocks, stabilizer bar, dynamic rear toe control
Ground clearance:
6.4 in.
Curb weight:
3629 lbs.
Tires:
P255/55VR17
Brakes, f/r:
vented disc/solid disc with ABS, EBD in.
Fuel capacity:
19.8 gal.

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What do the Safety Ratings mean?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) performs independent crash testing of new vehicles and then assigns them a score based on their performance. The overall crash test rating is based on how a vehicle performs in the following tests:

Driver Crash Grade:

Measures the chance of a serious injury to a crash test dummy that is placed in a driver's seat and driven into a fixed barrier at 35 MPH. A five-star rating means there is 10 percent or less chance of injury.

Passenger Crash Grade:

Similar to the driver crash grade, only now the focus is on the passenger.

Rollover Resistance:

Simulates an emergency lane change to measure the likelihood of a vehicle rolling over. A five-star rating means there is 10 percent or less risk of rollover.

Side Impact Crash Test - Front:

Focuses on the front side of a vehicle. It simulates crashes that can occur in intersections by striking a 3,015-pound weight against the side of a vehicle at 38.5 MPH. A five-star rating means there is 5 percent or less chance of injury.

Side Impact Crash Test - Rear:

Similar to the front side impact test only now the focus is on the rear passenger.

Driver Crash Grade
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Safety Features & Equipment

Braking & Traction

4-Wheel ABS Std
Traction/Stability Control Std

Passenger Restraint

Driver Air Bag Std
Passenger Air Bag Std
Side Air Bag Std
Side Head Air Bag Std
Rear Body Side Air Bag Std
Rear Head side Air Bag Std

Road Visibility

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Electrochromic Rearview Mirror Std
Intermittent Wipers Std
Variable Inter. Wipers Std

Security

Alarm Std
Anti-theft System Std
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Original Warranty  help
Original Warranty
An original warranty is the warranty associated with a vehicle when it is brand new. In addition to the original warranty, select items, like tires, are typically covered by respective manufacturers. Also, an act of Federal law sometimes provides protection for certain components, like emissions equipment.
The original warranty is often broken down into multiple sections, including:
Basic Warranty:
Typically covers everything except for parts that wear out through normal use of the vehicle. Examples of non-covered items are brake pads, wiper blades and filters.
Drivetrain Warranty:
This warranty covers items the basic warranty does not protect. Wear and tear items such as hoses will not be covered, but key items like the engine, transmission, drive axles and driveshaft often will be.
Roadside Assistance:
The level of service differs greatly with this warranty, but many manufacturers offer a toll-free number that helps provide assistance in case you run out of gas, get a flat tire or lock your keys in the car.
Corrosion Warranty:
This warranty focuses on protecting you from holes caused by rust or corrosion in your vehicle's sheet metal.
Please check the owner's manual, visit a local dealership or look at the manufacturer's website to learn more about the specifics of the warranties that apply to a vehicle.

Basic 5 Years/60,000 Miles
Drivetrain 10 Years/100,000 Miles
Corrosion Cab Corrosion-Perforation 7 Years/Unlimited Miles
Roadside Assistance 5 Years/Unlimited Miles

Hyundai Certified Pre-Owned Warranty  help
Certified Pre-Owned Warranty
To be eligible for Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) status, vehicles generally must be recent models with relatively low mileage. CPO vehicles must also pass a detailed inspection, outlined by the manufacturer, which is measured by the number of inspected points.
Warranty coverage can vary from one manufacturer to the next. While most certified pre-owned programs transfer and extend the existing new car warranty terms, others offer a warranty that simply represents an additional year and mileage value. Always check with the manufacturer for the specific warranties they offer.
Common features and benefits of Certified Pre-Owned warranties include:
Age/Mileage Eligibility
To even be considered for certification, a car must be a recent model year and have limited mileage. The exact requirements are established by individual manufacturers.
Lease Term Certified
Some manufacturers offer certified pre-owned cars for lease. The length of the lease is often shorter than a new car lease, but it will cost you less.
Point Inspection
These inspections entail a comprehensive vehicle test to ensure that all parts are in excellent working order. The point inspection list is simply a numbered list of exactly what parts of the car are examined. While many inspections range from a 70- to 150-point checklist, most are very similar and are performed using strict guidelines. Ask your local dealer about specific details.
Return/Exchange Program
Some manufacturers offer a very limited return or exchange period. Find out if you will get the sales tax and licensing/registration fees back should you return or exchange the car.
Roadside Assistance
Most certified pre-owned programs offer free roadside service in case your car breaks down while still under warranty.
Special Financing
Reduced-rate loans are available through many certified pre-owned programs. Manufacturer-backed inspections and warranties help eliminate the risks involved with buying pre-owned, so buyers who qualify can take advantage of the great offers.
Transferable Warranty
When a new car warranty transfers with the certification of the car and remains eligible for the next owner, it is known as a transferable warranty. Once the original transferable warranty expires, an extended warranty takes effect.
Warranty Deductible
This is the amount for which you are responsible when repair work is performed under the warranty. Some manufacturers require a deductible while others don't, so always ask.

120-months/100,000-mile Powertrain warranty from original in-service date.
Age/Mileage Eligibility up to 5 model years old w/ less than 60,000 miles
Lease Term Certified No
Point Inspection 150
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Return/Exchange Program No
Roadside Assistance 10-Year/Unlimited Mileage from In-Service Date
Special Financing Yes
Transferrable Warranty Yes
Warranty Deductible $50

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