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2011 Hyundai Veracruz Review

Great value for a full-size SUV with driving ability

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In a Nutshell
The 2011 Hyundai Veracruz is a full-size sport utility vehicle (SUV) that seats seven passengers in a three-row configuration. Powered by a 3.8 liter DOHC V-6 engine with continuously variable valve timing delivering 260 horsepower and 257 pound-feet of torque, the Hyundai Veracruz is driven with a six-speed automatic transmission and comes with either forward- or all-wheel drive.

Impressively enough, the Veracruz has 13.4 cubic-feet of space for cargo, even when it's carrying seven passengers, and 86.8 feet of cargo room if only a driver and passenger are aboard. The vehicle exhibits exceptional handling, great value, high quality materials, and modern styling -- all at an affordable price. The Veracruz provides a full array of safety features and gets on average 17 mpg city/22 mpg highway in fuel economy.

New for 2011

Essentially a carryover, the Veracruz received only minor packing changes in 2011. The Premium Package for the GLS trim no longer includes the LG navigation system, but does now have an auto-dimming mirror with HomeLink.

Essentials

Engine: 3.8L V-6
Transmission: 6-speed automatic
Body Style: SUV
Trims: GLS Sport Utility, Limited Sport Utility

On the Outside

At 190.6-inches long, the Veracruz is Hyundai's largest SUV, which allows plenty of room for people and cargo. With its attractive 17- or 18-inch wheels and elegant lines, the Veracruz looks like a much more expensive vehicle.

From the Inside

The Hyundai Veracruz makes extensive use of sound-deadening material, which keeps the interior very quiet. Standard on the SUV is a driver's power seat, while a front passenger power seat is optional. Other features available are surround sound, navigation, leather, and seat heaters.

Driving Performance

The Veracruz benefits from its firm suspension in curves, where its handling is solid and its steering is responsive with plenty of feedback. However, cruising down the highway, you might feel some of the lumps and bumps in the road. That's one downside. Another is the 3.8-liter engine is less powerful than other engines in its class, and transmission shifts seem a little slow.

Safety Equipment

Standard safety feature on the Hyundai Veracruz include dual front airbags, dual front seat-mounted side airbags, and roof-mounted three-row side curtain airbags. Also standard are stability control, traction control, and disc brakes with ABS with brake assist and electronic brake-force distribution.

Gas Mileage

FWD: 17 mpg city/22 mpg highway
AWD: 16 mpg city/21 mpg highway

Plusses

  • Attractive interior
  • Great value
  • Full array of safety equipment
  • Solid, responsive steering

Minuses

  • Third row a bit tight
  • Could use more engine power
  • Sluggish transmission
  • Inflexible suspension

Rating

Great value for a full-size SUV with driving ability

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