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2009 Hyundai Veracruz Review
A great value and a very comfortable drive.
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The 2009 Hyundai Veracruz provides a perfect example of how Hyundai brings luxury vehicles to the masses with a much cheaper price tag. However, simply because the overall price for the luxurious crossover sport utility vehicle known as the Veracruz stays low for its class does not mean that it is a knock-off or a lemon. The 2009 Veracruz uses high-quality materials both for the exterior and interior of the vehicle. Looking stylish and sleek is not the only function of a Hyundai Veracruz; it offers a great deal of convenience and versatility with the standard collection of features included in the model. This combination of traits makes the Veracruz a midsize to full-size crossover SUV option that truly earns its price tag.
Since Hyundai has recently established such a strong reputation in the automobile industry by packing value into a high-quality car, it attempts to enter new territory by introducing cars in new vehicle classes. Recently, Hyundai has focused on creating vehicles that resemble luxury brands in both style and quality while still keeping the overall price low. The economic downturn hitting almost everyone means that Hyundai certainly suits people who need to save some money on a new car while maintaining a high-class look and feel.
Engines: 3.8-liter V-6
Transmissions: six-speed automatic
Models: Hyundai Veracruz GLS, Hyundai Veracruz Limited
Since the 2009 Hyundai Veracruz remains a relatively new addition to the Hyundai lineup, this year's model includes few modifications. The majority of the alterations are cosmetic in nature and rather conservative. All 2009 Veracruz models now include iPod-friendly USB and auxiliary ports. Also, the Veracruz base GLS can be ordered with either Premium or Preferred option packages. Finally, to keep the Hyundai Veracruz's overall look in line with the other luxury crossover SUVs, a new monochromatic all-black paint scheme is available.
To make sure that the 2009 Hyundai Veracruz is taken seriously as a luxury class crossover SUV, the exterior keeps things classy and stylish. In fact, the average person on the street might not even be able to tell the difference between the Veracruz and a well-known luxury brand without seeing the Hyundai emblem. Even though the exterior does not look as distinct as the more dynamic crossover vehicles, the 2009 Veracruz still has a very sharp appearance. The smooth lines and sleek curves formed by swept-back headlights, rounded rear glass, and dual chrome exhaust tips look very luxurious and classic. Also, the addition of the newly available, monochromatic, all-black paint scheme means that the 2009 Hyundai Veracruz can easily be classified as high style.
The 2009 Hyundai Veracruz features only conservative modifications to the very new design and style. Even though the Veracruz leads in value, the vehicle actually sports one of the finest and most luxurious interiors. The center stack might be a bit button heavy for some people, but it has an attractive appearance overall. The Veracruz’s well-formed seats offer comfort, but space (particularly for the third row of seats) can get rather restricted.
The GLS base model includes a standard package that features rear climate controls, full power accessories, cruise control, a tilt/telescoping steering column, cloth upholstery, and a six-speaker audio system with a combination CD/MP3 player, satellite radio, and auxiliary and USB audio jacks. The 2009 Veracruz GLS Preferred package adds rear parking assist, a power driver’s seat, and heated front seats. The GLS Premium package includes an auto-dimming rear-view mirror and leather seating. The Veracruz Limited trim features multiple luxurious options such as drive memory settings, dual-zone automatic climate control, adjustable pedals, keyless ignition/entry, and an Infinity sound system with a six-CD changer.
Performance & Handling
All of the 2009 Hyundai Veracruz models contain a 3.8-liter V-6 engine that produces 260 horsepower and 257 lb-ft of torque. The standard transmission for the Veracruz is a six-speed automatic. In terms of powertrain, all trim levels can be fitted with front or all-wheel drive.
Hyundai vehicles pay attention to safety, especially the 2009 Veracruz. Every Veracruz model comes standard with stability and traction control, anti-lock disc brakes, active front head restraints, front-seat side airbags, and side curtain airbags. The Veracruz even earns five out of five stars for the frontal and side collision categories in government crash tests.
EPA Fuel Economy
- Upscale interior
You Won't Like
- Numb steering
- Limited space
A great value and a very comfortable drive.
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