2012 Hyundai Azera – Rough Rider

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I have an Azera 12 and I like all the extra’s that it has, but I don’t like the ride. I owned an 05 Avalon before2012 Hyundai Azera this and there is a world of difference in the ride. The dealer never told me that the car came with a sport type ride, and at 75 that’s one thing I don’t need. I’m glad I leased this car, at least I can get rid of it. I would not buy another one. Why is it that Hyundi never advertises the Azera? I think the price is too high. I think either the Sonata or the Azera will have to go. Probably the Azera. I don’t see any Azera’s on the road. Eliminate the Sonata and put the Azera in that price range with the extra’s and they will sell. If you don’t believe me take an Azera out for a test on a rough road.

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  4 comments for “2012 Hyundai Azera – Rough Rider

  1. eric
    December 1, 2013 at 8:08 pm

    Ride quality is a pretty subjective thing. One man’s too firm is another’s not firm enough. This is why it’s important to take an extended test drive in any car you’re considering – and then test drive its competitors. It’s the only way to know how a given car feels to you.

    The Avalon and Azera are marketed at different demographics; the Avalon to a buyer who wants a soft/quiet ride. The Azera is marketed to a buyer who wants a a bit more sportiness, hence its ride is a bit firmer.

    Your car may also have the optional (larger diameter) wheel/tire package, which would also cause the car to ride a bit more firmly.

  2. Tor Minotaur
    December 1, 2013 at 11:16 pm

    2012 Hyundai Azera Drive and Review


    “Ride quality is definitely not as good as it could, and arguably should, be.

    There’s a lack of composure, the Azera feels sloppy in certain situations. It seems to float and bound over rough stuff. The Charger and 300 filter out pavement divots that jolt the Azera’s cabin.

    It’s not terrible, but a full-size car should ride better. Another recurring gripe? Steering.

    “Steering is an issue,”. “It has a typical lack of torque buildup and general feedback, and it feels like it needs a front-end alignment.”

    “The biggest issue with it seems to be at slow speeds and close to on-center, where the wheel kind of sticks to its spot, and you have to move it back to where you want it. The tuning feels pretty artificial and removed from the wheels.”

    Slow speeds weren’t the only concern. “There is something not right about the steering, especially at 30 to 45 mph. It feels jittery,” On the highway, you’re correcting all the time. It’s just too touchy and it doesn’t settle in. It always needs to be managed, but it still feels numb overall. It’s fatiguing on road trips.


    “The ride gets choppy over rough surfaces, which indicates that the suspension system could use additional massaging.”

    • eric
      December 2, 2013 at 7:00 am

      Much of the “dead” steering feel has to with the electric-assisted steering – which is becoming very common as all the car companies scrape the barrel, looking for any way to eke out even fractional improvements in fuel efficiency.

      The 300 is a RWD car built on a previous-gen. E-Class Benz layout. It rides like a big/heavy car – which it is!

      There is no single standard for “full size car” ride quality – either firmer or softer. Some full-size cars incline toward sportiness, and have firmer suspension tuning, higher-effort steering and more aggressive wheel/tire packages. Others incline more toward luxury – and have less aggressive tuning, low-effort (heavily boosted) steering and less aggressive wheel/tire packages. It’s a continuum.

      It’s also subjective – what feels ” right” to Smith might feel “too soft” (or “too firm”) to Jones. A test drive of all the models one is considering in a given segment is imperative.

      • Tor Minotaur
        December 2, 2013 at 1:00 pm

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