Hyundai Updates Azera For Model Year 2017

Unveiled in 2011 and slotted between the mid-size Sonata and mid-size Genesis G80, the fifth generation of the Hyundai Azera has been mildly updated for the model year 2017. And just as ever, the Azera boasts a lot of standard features for its price.
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Starting at just under $35,000 including the destination and delivery, the Hyundai Azera smoothly rolls on to 2017 with a tell-tale accolade under its belt: J.D. Power Initial Quality Study’s highest score in initial quality in the large car segment. First, and foremost, the new model year brings a handful of new colors to the palette. Instead of Eclipse Black, Diamond White Pearl, and Starlight Silver, the Azera is now available in Nocturne Black, Hyper White, and Ion Silver. The rest of the exterior color palette includes Moroccan Pearl, Venetian Red Pearl, and Pewter Gray Metallic.

From the get-go, the 2017 Hyundai Azera comes equipped with a 550-watt, 14-speaker Infinity Logic 7 audio system, an 8-inch infotainment system with satellite navigation, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, plus heated and ventilated front seats, leather seating surfaces, hands-free Smart Trunk, and safety bobs such as Blind Spot Detection and Rear Cross-traffic Alert.

Available features that are worthy of being mentioned include HID headlights with auto high beam assist, LED fog lights, Lane Departure Warning, Smart Cruise Control with start/stop tech, Forward Collision Warning, electric parking brake, and a big panoramic sunroof.

On the oily bits front, the Azera is the same you’ve always known. The only engine Hyundai has to offer in this instance is a 3.3-liter V6 with direct injection and a compression ratio of 11.5:1. Thanks to goodies such as piston cooling jets and dual continuously variable valve timing, peak output stands at 293 horsepower at 6,400 rpm and 255 lb-ft of torque at 5,200 rpm. Mated to a six-speed automatic transmission, the six-cylinder lump returns up to 20 city, 28 highway, 23 combined mpg.

If you’re in the market for something more modern than the Azera but roughly the same size and similarly priced, you might be interested in having a look at the Kia Cadenza.
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