2008 Hyundai Azera Review
The Azera is a large premium sedan that debuted in 2006. It’s Hyundai’s flagship model. It offers many of the amenities of a luxury car in a low-priced package. It was named the “Best New Family Car” in the 2006 Canadian Car of the Year awards.
The BuyingAdvice Team Says:
The Hyundai Azera is a great buy for the money. The fit and finish is excellent, and its passenger and cargo space are unmatched. It may not be a full luxury car, but it offers a lot for a very modest price.
The SE has been dropped, but the GLS now features new wheels and satellite radio. The Limited now features a moonroof and upgraded sound system. The suspension has been retuned.
What’s New For 2008:
What is the Predicted Reliability:
J.D. Power information is not available. Initial problems with the Azera included inaccurate temperature gauges, transmission leaks, noise and failure. No recalls have been issued. Expect above average reliability. The basic warranty lasts for five years or 60,000 miles.
Analysis Of Safety Ratings And Features:
The Azera earned 4 stars in government frontal crash tests and 4.5 stars in side tests. IIHS scores are not available. Anti-lock brakes, active head restraints, full side airbags, and stability and traction control come standard.
Pros and Cons:
+ Nice interior
+ Satisfying transmission
+ Solid reliability
- No AWD
- Soft ride vs. sporty
- Sensitive brakes
The Nissan Altima has almost 40 more hp, but lacks a standard automatic transmission. The Ford Fusion includes a CD changer and AWD for the same price. The Chrysler 300 starts at around the same price but has a shorter warranty and less front legroom.
What Others Are Saying:
“With its luxury orientation, the Azera is a fine road car with a suspension system that is biased toward a ride that is resilient without being floaty. Bumps and other road imperfections are handled with aplomb. Though it does not handle like a sports sedan, the Azera acquits itself capably on twisting roads.” – Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
“In a word, we thought that the Azera was impressive. Its independent suspension was tight. The car traversed the bumpy streets here without any problems. Response to driver input was immediate. Acceleration was head snapping and there was no torque steer.” – BlackPressUSA
“No doubt the Azera will outdo its predecessor because it’s a better car, with above-average value.” – Chicago Sun-Times
Read more about the 2008 Hyundai Azera at the Hyundai manufacturer web site.