Hyundai Veracruz

First introduced for the 2007 model year, the Hyundai Veracruz is a midsize crossover SUV that's capable of handling up to seven passengers and 87 cubic feet of cargo. Far more luxurious than its modest price tag might suggest, the Hyundai Veracruz was oft compared to more upscale model SUVs when it was first introduced. Like most models produced by Hyundai in recent years, the Veracruz offers an extensive warranty and a generous list of standard features that also contradict its fairly moderate price tag. Still in its first generation of production, the Veracruz has yet to be significantly modified or redesigned in any way.

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About the Hyundai Veracruz

The Hyundai Veracruz is a seven-passenger mid-size SUV with a family-friendly price tag and all the trappings of a luxury model. Well-built, relatively quiet when driven and with a generous array of standard features, the Veracruz is easy to compare with many crossover SUV models produced by luxury brand automakers. While it would be hard to say that the Veracruz outclasses the competition in any one area, it earns generally high marks across the board. This makes it a worthwhile prospect, in spite of the fact that it's known for a lack of interior space and low-end torque.

Hyundai Veracruz Features

The 2012 Hyundai Veracruz is a mid-size SUV available in two trim levels: GLS and Limited. The GLS edition rolls on 17-inch alloy wheels and includes features such as heated mirrors, foglamps, automatic headlamps, rear parking sensors, cruise control, eight-way power drivers seat, heated front seats, tilt-and-telescoping steering columns, rear seat climate controls, and six-speaker audio systems equipped with satellite radio, auxiliary audio jacks, and iPod/USB interfaces. A Premium package sees the addition of a sunroof, auto dimming mirrors, windshield de-icer, power liftgate, and front seat heating.

The Limited edition boasts all of the features included in the Premium package along with 18-inch alloy wheels, driver memory functions, dual-zone automatic climate control, leather upholstery, power tilt-and-telescoping steering wheels, four-way power passenger seat, second row seat heating, a 115-volt power outlet, a sound system by Infinity that boasts eight speakers and a six-CD changer. Additional options for the Veracruz Limited include an Alpine navigation system, a rearview camera, Bluetooth connectivity, and a ten-speaker surround-sound audio system by Infinity that's equipped with a six-CD changer.

A 3.8-liter V-6 engine that outputs 260 horsepower and 257 lb-ft of torque powers both versions of the 2012 Hyundai Veracruz. The vehicle is available in either front or all-wheel drive and a six-speed automatic transmission is standard for all models. EPA estimated fuel economy is 17/22 mpg city/highway for the front-wheel drive version and 16/21 mpg for the AWD version.

The 2012 Veracruz earns high marks for frontal and side impact crash tests. Standard safety features on the mid-size SUV include antilock disc brakes, stability control, traction control, front-seat side airbags, side curtain airbags, and active front head restraints.

On the inside, the 2012 Veracruz is handsomely appointed and made from quality materials. With wood and faux-aluminum trim and accents, the Veracruz is arguably better looking on the inside than it is on the out. Controls and gauges are laid out in a minimalist, user-friendly manner. Seating is comfortable and space is part ample, despite a third row of seating that's a bit cramped when compared to models produced by the competition. In addition to being able to accommodate seven passengers, the 2012 Veracruz is also capable of carrying some 87 cubic feet of cargo.

Reviews indicate that the 2012 Veracruz is quiet and smooth when driven on well-paved roads. However, the vehicle is reported not to handle rougher roads as well. While its V-6 engine is generally adequate for most situations, the transmission has been known to sometimes lag in dropping a gear for passing or climbing steep hills.

Hyundai Veracruz Evolution

Introduced for the 2007 model year, the Hyundai Veracruz is currently still in its first generation and has yet to undergo a major redesign. When this midsize SUV was first unveiled it was made available in GLS, SE, and Limited trim levels. Throughout its production, engine output and standard features have remained fairly consistent. Features such as the navigation system and power tailgate were introduced for the 2008 model year. The last year that the SE trim level was made available was in 2009. The SE trim level was replaced by the two optional packages that are available on the current GLS model. At one time, a rear-seat DVD entertainment system was available as an option but was discontinued in 2011. Engine, powertrains, safety features, and interior designs for past models of the Hyundai Veracruz remain mostly in line with what you'll find on the 2012 model.

Select a Hyundai Veracruz Year

2012 Hyundai Veracruz

SUV, Utility/Offroad

A European-market grille and 18-inch Hypersilver wheels are new for the 2012 model year.

2011 Hyundai Veracruz

SUV, Utility/Offroad

Little has changed for the company’s biggest crossover SUV. Minor packaging changes are the only updates for 2011: for the GLS model, the Premium package no longer includes the LG navigation system, but now comes with an auto-dimming mirror with HomeLink. Aside from that change, the model is essentially carryover: one engine, one transmission, and three-row seating standard.

2010 Hyundai Veracruz

SUV, Utility/Offroad

2009 Hyundai Veracruz

SUV, Utility/Offroad

The 2009 Hyundai Veracruz provides a perfect example of how Hyundai brings luxury vehicles to the masses with a much cheaper price tag.

2008 Hyundai Veracruz

SUV, Utility/Offroad

Relatively new to the American automobile marketplace, Hyundai made a brake through in 1986 with the release of its hugely successful subcompact Excel.

2007 Hyundai Veracruz

SUV, Utility/Offroad

The 2007 Veracruz represents a new midsize crossover SUV produced by Hyundai.