2012 Hyundai Azera quietly racks up multiple awards

The 2012 Azera is the sleeper of the Hyundai family, but its many new awards might wake a sleeping giant

Many people know the name Toyota Avalon. It is fair to say that the name Chevrolet Impala also has a familiar ring. However, in the world of full-size, front-drive automobiles it is the unfamiliar, Azera, racking up the awards. Yes, Hyundai has a large, front-drive sedan bigger than the Sonata and lower in price than its rear-drive luxury car the Genesis. The Azera has been long overshadowed by the hugely successful mid-size Sonata, and its world-beating Elantra, but that may be about to change.

Safety, Fuel Efficiency, and Reliability has just named the Azera a “Best Bet” for 2012. Patrick Olsen, the Editor In Chief at, states that “The redesigned Hyundai Azera offers a roomy cabin, great value for the price and solid reliability…This vehicle and the others from Hyundai that we have named a ‘best bet’ are vehicles that any of our editors would drive.” Joining the Azera on the list were the Tuscon Genesis Coupe, and of course the Sonata and Elantra. based the awards on fuel efficiency, reliability, and safety. Scott Margason, Director of Product Planning of Hyundai, was pleased with the rating saying “It’s an honor to have editors recognize the Azera and five other Hyundai models on their list of vehicles to buy in 2012,”


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