The Veracruz soldiers on as Hyundai's midsize crossover SUV, initially meant to target the likes of the Lexus RX and, in true Hyundai form, offer more content than competitively priced vehicles. Behind its modest styling, the Veracruz has an unassuming nature, doing whatever is asked of it without flaunting itself. The midsize crossover SUV is powered by a 3.8-liter, 260 horsepower V-6 engine, adequate for most uses.
With three rows of seats, the Veracruz offers seven-passenger seating, though cargo room is limited when the third row is in use. If folded, cargo space is more than adequate. With an emphasis on sound damping materials, the cabin is whisper-quiet. Premium materials inside give a refined feel common to entry-level SUVs.
Hyundai's priciest SUV is available in two trims, GLS, with many features standard, and Limited, the top of the line. All-wheel drive is available on both trims. While the 2012 Hyundai Veracruz doesn't do anything exceptionally well, it does everything suitably, and offers superb value.
Bodystyle: Crossover SUV
Engine: 3.8-liter V-6
Transmissions: six-speed automatic
Models: GLS, Limited
A European-market grille and 18-inch Hypersilver wheels are new for the 2012 model year. The limited trim level gets a heated second-row seats standard and an optional Alpine navigation system with satellite and HD radio options, Pandora for iPhone, rearview camera, Bluetooth, and a seven-inch touch-screen display.
The 2012 Veracruz remains a conservative, modestly styled midsize crossover SUV. Absent are the more pronounced, sporty lines of the automaker's other crossovers, the Santa Fe and the Tucson, though it does share the same two-tone frame. The Tucson gets 17-inch alloy wheels standard, with 18-inch wheels as an option. Other options include a moonroof and power liftgate. Chrome window accents and a new chrome grille round out the styling.
Inside the cabin is finished with high-quality interior materials, and the layout is streamlined and attractive. The seven-passenger seating is three-row, with bucket seats in front, a three-passenger bench in the second row, and a two-seater that can fold completely flat into the floor. The GLS model has cloth seats while the Limited is finished in leather.
Performance & Handling
The Veracruz is a smooth sailer that will get you about in a plush, pleasant manner, but don't expect an inspired ride. The 3.8-liter, 260-hp V-6 delivers enough power, and handles and corners just well enough to keep critics and enthusiasts mum. The transmission favors higher gears and doesn't always downshift when others might, but it has the power to push forward even in higher gears. While the impression of the Veracruz's ride won't linger with you, the midsize crossover does everything adequately.
Dual front airbags, dual front seat-mounted side airbags, and roof-mounted three-row side curtain airbags are standard on the Veracruz. So are stability control, traction control, and disc brakes with ABS with brake assist and electronic brake-force distribution.
EPA Fuel Economy
FWD: 17 mpg city/22 mpg highway
AWD: 16 mpg city/21 mpg highway
- Smooth ride
You Won't Like
- Limited cargo room
Less spacious cabin than some
A cut-rate off-brand Lexus RX.
If You Like This Vehicle
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