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Kid & Driver - 2013 HYUNDAI AZERA

  • Written by Jackson Unruh & Julie Boselly

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2013 HYUNDAI AZERA

Azera

KID

The Hyundai Azera is a great car for road trips and commuting. It’s luxurious with as many options as you would ever need. It’s very spacious, has heated rear seats, panoramic glass roof, window shades for the rear passengers and a great navigation system. The ride is really smooth; you barely feel a bump in the road. Overall it is pure luxury. This is one of my personal favorites of the cars we have had. The Azera is still not Hyundai’s most expensive car (mom insert: He’s hoping we get to try out the Equus). Commuters will enjoy the gas mileage, the ability of the navigation system to find detour routes and the horsepower.

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DRIVER

What did you do this summer? I fell in love with a car. I know it sounds silly but it is possible. The Hyundai Azera has completely won me over. I will definitely have a hard time not comparing all future cars to this one. It’s very comfortable, a smooth-ride, tech-packed and a head-turner.

I had the pleasure of driving this car on our family vacation to Oregon. I drove just over 930 miles in 10 days: Portland, Tillamook, Lincoln City, Manzanita, Mt. Hood, Estacada and the long way home! Can you tell I wanted to drive? 70 mph in this car feels like 35. It was a constant battle to adhere to the speed limit with 293 horsepower and 3.3L V6 engine.

The Azera is not necessarily ideal for a family with more than two  small children and a lot of booster/car seats. I squeezed my daughter and two nieces in the back seat on one of the hottest days of the year in Portland. That was not enjoyable. Otherwise, I have zero complaints!

Sometimes it’s hard to describe how the technology features in one car are better than in others. The Azera has a lot of the same features other cars have: navigation, blue-tooth, heated seats, back up camera, power seats. Hyundai just stepped this up a few notches by also including: rear heated seats, front cooling seats, adjustable driver seat cushion extension (for those of you with longer legs!), power rear sunshade, and manual rear side-window sunshades. The rear sunshade automatically goes down when you put the car in reverse. At night, soft blue interior lighting comes on to illuminate the many features. Hyundai also offers Blue Link: Hyundai's innovative telematics solution that combines safety, service and infotainment into a complete package. It works to both help simplify Hyundai owners' lives and reduce distracted driving.

The trunk of the Azera fit luggage for three of us, with room to spare. You will even notice thought to detail in the trunk with the support arms retracting into covered holes. This allows you to truly fill the trunk without worrying items will get squished once you close it. I really didn’t put anything in the main part of the car except for snacks and books for the kids.

The only issue my children had: Who gets to plug in their music playlist! Surprisingly mom won most of the time.

• Starting at $32,000 • 20/29 City/Hwy • Class-leading fuel efficiency • Best-in-class interior volume

For more information go to: www.hyundaiusa.com.

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