2012 Hyundai Azera

Hyundai has unveiled the second generation Azera at the 2011 Los Angeles Auto Show. This is the fifth vehicle to adopt the company’s signature Fluidic Sculpture design language next to the Tucson , Accent , Elantra , and Sonata models. The Hyundai Azera will go on sale in February 2012.

The new Fluidic Sculpture design language the Azera has adopted allows the luxury sedan to be longer, lighter, and lower. With these changes, the model will offer more than 45 inches of legroom and 40 inches of headroom for front-seat passengers.

Under the hood, the new Azera will offer a new 3.3-liter V6 engine with direct injection that will deliver 293 HP and 255 lb-ft of torque. The engine is mated to Hyundai’s six-speed automatic transmission and will deliver a fuel economy of 20 mpg in the city and 29 mpg on the highway.

UPDATE 11/16/11: This review has been updated with the official details and images for the Hyundai Azera.

UPDATE 02/15/12: Hyundai has officially released the official price for the 2012 Azera that is now officially on sale. Prices will start from $32,000 for the extraordinarily well-equipped Azera and $36,000 for the range-topping Azera with Technology Package.

Exterior and Interior

Hyundai Azera

The second generation Azera benefits from Hyundai’s latest Fluidic Sculpture design that takes inspiration from the mechanics of flight. The car has received a long, sleek roofline accented by the third window and wraparound LED taillights. Up front, the car is dominated by a large powerful chrome grille and HID headlamps that integrate precise details. This powerful look has been accentuated by a new set of 19" multi-spoke wheels.

Hyundai Azera

The new exterior design has been combined with a new interior that uses a flow-through center fascia and instrument panel. These flowing surfaces complement the exterior design and wrap around the driver and passengers. The 2012 Azera will also receive an optional panoramic sunroof, which allows more natural light into the cabin, and 3D Carbon interior accents.

The seats are wrapped in leather, and the driver seat’s has received an optional cushion extension and an integrated memory system for the seat, steering wheel and side mirrors.


Hyundai Azera

The 2012 Hyundai Azera has received a new 3.3-liter V6 engine with direct injection which dramatically increases power and torque, while reducing fuel consumption and emissions. The engine delivers a total of 293 HP and 255 lb-ft of torque and is mated to Hyundai’s six-speed automatic transmission. This transmission offers smooth shifts and a wide ratio spread that ideally suits the engine‚Äôs characteristics.

Hyundai also announced an estimated fuel economy of 20 mpg in the city and 29 mpg on the highway.


The new Hyundai Azera will go on sale in February 2012 with a price tag of $32,000.


Hyundai Azera
Buick LaCrosse

The newest competitor for the 2012 Hyundai Azera is the 2012 Buick LaCrosse , but it will still have to face models like the Nissan Maxima and the Lexus ES350 . The LaCrosse uses a 303 HP 2.4-liter Ecotec direct injection four-cylinder engine with the Hydra-Matic 6T40 six-speed automatic transmission. It is also the most powerful competitor on the market (10 HP more powerful than the Azera). The ES350 uses a 3.5-liter V6 engine that produces 268 HP at 6,200 rpm and 248 lb.-ft. peak torque at 4,700 rpm, while the Maxima uses a 3.5-liter V6 engine with 290 HP.

Hyundai Azera
  • Best fuel economy in its class
  • Improved appearance
  • Better equipped interior
  • More powerful competitors exist
  • Just one engine


Azera would really be a complete packaged for a luxury sedan if they also use an impressive and powerful engine on it. I think they should offer a two engine option with this vehicle.

Well, for me, it didn’t really need to have a powerful engine output for the fact that it is not a sports car. I think that V6 engine has been already enough for it, and it could still deliver a nice speed on that.

I hope that Hyundai focused first on how they could boost more the engine of their cars. So that we can say that it can really have a perfect or a satisfying packaged. Anyway, I just noticed that the improvement of the appearance of this Azera is truly looks awesome on it.

The fluidic theme that Hyundai always used for their vehicle is really looking so awesome on this Azera! However, I think they should use a lighter body paint on it. Anyway, I’m not satisfied with the power output of it.

Azera maybe really received a new engine which increased on its power and torque, and it is truly great for it, but still its competitor is more powerful than what its engine output can deliver.

Sure, Azera is truly so impressive on its luxuriant interior and even on its exterior detailing, but I’m still disappointed on its engine output. I’m sure its competitor can offer more powerful engine.

Even though it is really a sedan only, I’m still not satisfied with its engine specification. Anyway, the abstract design of this Azera is truly so attractive and classy about it, which can really captivate lots of attention.

Azera looks so simple but very elegant on its fluidic sculpture theme! smiley Anyway, I noticed that the engine which US market offered is truly very striking and awesome on this Azera! I am just only hoping that it could also have an impressive interior.

Azera is only had a simple detailing, but it still looks very striking and awesome on that. I’m also glad that it can offer a two engine option which is sounds so great on it! smiley

Seeing this kind on the road is really can catch lots of attention. The simple but elegant detailing on this Azera is one of the most captivating appearances that I saw on a car. I hope they produced this one soon.

Azera was oozing with angst and appeal despite of having a simple design, and I noticed that the fluid theme that they always used in their car, was still refreshing and impressive.

Adorable and very clean car, its elegance style totally impressive. Look very sexy and modernized car.

Well, if it is only a sedan car, I think V6 engine with 300 horsepower is quite suited on it. Anyway, It is really had a fabulous appearance, and I bet it can really catch lots of attention.

This one is really had an angst just like their other car, and it is still unique. I love how they put some aggressiveness in the front light of Azera. Nice car Hyundai!

Great back design and the metallic color which add more strong look on the car. Very elegant in the front, i hope they posted the interiors.

I have to agree on michael bacardi, this Azera is really worth waiting for and the styling of this car deserves lots of compliments for it has a very impressive and awesome design.

I must agree with them that Hyundai Azera had really a stunning beauty for a car. Well November is not really a long wait and beside it is worth waiting for.

The theme that they used which is the water-fall style and a dramatic character line on the rear is really a great move. Well, I must agree that Azera is really a stunning one. I can’t wait on November.

The design that they used on this Azera is really stunning, well I was expecting it already with a Hyundai car. Unique, appealing and really an awesome. Congratulations Hyundai, I must say that your one of the best company car.

I thought Hyundai is not serious on giving the information via Twitter. I do like the replaced engine on this one yet the competition will be very tight. I can say that Mercedes will surely hang on top but the BMW 5, I don’t think so.

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