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.