Redesigned for 2012, the Azera improves over its predecessor in many ways, with better fuel economy and overall performance. Yet, the stylish sedan also has a few notable shortcomings.
Aimed squarely at the Toyota Avalon, the redesigned Azera takes on a segment once dominated by the domestic brands. It competes with size, amenities, and comfort, but it no longer has a distinct price advantage. Our test car stickered for $37,000. The 2009 model we tested was less than $32,000.
Its smooth and powerful 3.3-liter V6 and six-speed automatic combine to provide strong acceleration and 23 mpg overall—good for a large car. Handling is more secure than before, but it still lacks agility. Further, the ride is fidgety and the steering lacks feedback.
Despite some gripes, the Azera holds up well against competing upscale sedans, although as is often the case, there are better models available.
Check out the complete Azera road test and the video below for more details.