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2007 Hyundai Veracruz

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2007 Hyundai Veracruz Review

The style and price make it a strong competitor in the crossover SUV market.

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Overview

The 2007 Veracruz represents a new midsize crossover SUV produced by Hyundai. It marks the largest vehicle on offer from Hyundai coming in higher in price and bigger in size than the Hyundai Santa Fe. The 2007 Veracruz uses the same platform as the Santa Fe and a car-like structure, and it seats up to seven passengers. It comes in three trim levels, but only offers a sole engine and transmission for all three.

The Range

Body Styles: five-door SUV
Engines: 3.8-liter V-6
Transmissions: six-speed automatic
Models: Hyundai Veracruz GLS, Hyundai Veracruz SE, Hyundai Veracruz Limited

What's New

The 2007 Hyundai Veracruz starts as a brand-new vehicle for 2007. Although it uses the same platform as the Hyundai Santa Fe, it measures about six inches longer overall, and sits a wheelbase that stretches about four inches longer. With three rows of seating, up to seven passengers fit in this large crossover SUV from Hyundai. The interior feels roomy, and features plenty of features come standard even on the base GLS model.

Exterior

The Veracruz has a clean and modern design that looks very similar to the Lexus RX 350. Side by side, the two appear very similar, but the 2007 Hyundai Veracruz seems just that little bit bigger—everywhere. The additional dimensions allow for the inclusion of the third row of seating inside the Veracruz. The base GLS model sit on 17-inch alloy wheels, while the SE and Limited models come equipped with 18-inch alloy wheels. The higher level models also gain automatic headlights, and the Limited model includes a sunroof and power tailgate.

Interior

Luxury, or at least the look of it, marks the goal for the vehicle’s interior design. Brushed metal accents and wood-like plastic trim combine with plush fabric or leather upholstery, depending on the model, to give the impression of stepping into a luxury vehicle. Not only does the interior offer good looks and comfort, it comes full of standard features, such as full-power accessories, a tilt and telescoping steering wheel, a CD/MP3 audio system with satellite radio, and a trip computer. Progress up the trim lines and features such as power driver seat, heated front seats, and a dual-zone climate control system become available.

The larger size of the 2007 Hyundai Veracruz means that it offers plenty of room for most passengers. Seats are deeply contoured in the first two rows, and the second row moves forward and backwards to improve legroom as required. The second row splits 60/40 to fold flat. Based on the position of the second row of seats, the third row may feel a bit cramped for some. Like the second row, it can also fold flat, but it splits 50/50.

Performance & Handling

All models of the 2007 Hyundai Veracruz come equipped with a 260-horsepower, 3.8-liter V-6 and a six-speed automatic transmission with a manual shift gate. This combination produces 257 lb-ft of torque. Both front- and all-wheel-drive systems remain available for all models. When road conditions deteriorate, the driver can set the all-wheel-drive system to a 50/50 front to rear torque split.

The Veracruz focuses on comfort and not off-road capabilities. As such, the ride remains smooth and quiet, and handling feels good. Acceleration from a stop seems slow, but the engine provides more than enough power when in motion. Steering seems adequate, and body lean remains apparent when cornering.

Safety

Standard safety features include anti-lock brakes, stability control, traction control, a tire-pressure monitor, front side airbags, front active head restraints, and full-length side curtain airbags. In both front- and side-impact crash testing, the 2007 Veracruz earns perfect scores.

EPA Fuel Economy

Hyundai Veracruz: 18/25 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Build and material quality
  • Quiet and smooth ride
  • Third row of seating
  • Long list of standard features

You Won't Like

  • Slow acceleration from a stop
  • Third row of seating can feel cramped
  • No navigation system available

Sum Up

The style and price make it a strong competitor in the crossover SUV market.

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