The Veracruz is midsize crossover with seating for seven that continues the Hyundai tradition of offering a plethora of standard features and a solid overall value. Like most of its competitors, the Veracruz uses a car-based unibody platform that provides refined on-road performance at the expense of off-road and towing capability.
The Vercruz comes standard with a 3.8-liter six-cylinder that offers up 260 horsepower and 257 pound-feet of torque. With shifting duties handled by a standard six-speed automatic transmission, the Veracruz is rated at 17 mpg in the city and 22 mpg on the highway in standard front-wheel-drive form. The optional all-wheel-drive system reduces both of those figures by one mpg.
This midsize crossover is larger than the Honda Pilot and has more cargo volume than the full-size Mercedes-Benz GL, according to the automaker.
The Hyundai Veracruz comes in two distinct trim levels: The entry-level GLS and the premium Limited -- gone is the mid-grade SE model.
Veracruz GLS comes with a 3.8-liter V6 engine, six-speed automatic transmission, ESC, ABS, rear spoiler, 17-inch alloy wheels and seating for seven. Also standard is a 172-watt AM/FM/XM Satellite Radio/CD/MP3 audio system (which includes three months of complementary XM service), air conditioning with cabin filter, steering wheel audio/cruise controls, heated power side mirrors with approach lighting and side turn signal repeaters, front solar glass and rear privacy glass, remote keyless entry, and power windows and door locks.
Interior safety features include active front head restraints and six airbags. Other useful features include a Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS), a trip computer and a tilt and telescoping steering wheel. The Hyundai Hideaway third-row seat folds flat into the floor and is split 50/50, and the second and third row have their own roof-mounted vents and HVAC controls. The optional Premium Package adds a power tilt/slide glass sunroof, power driver seat, heated front seats, leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, and backup warning system.
Veracruz Limited includes all of the equipment found standard on the GLS and adds standard leather seating surfaces, heated front seats, power front passenger seat, automatic temperature control, a 315-watt Infinity audio system with CD changer, power tilt and slide glass sunroof, power tailgate, chrome door handles and brushed metal door sill scuff plates.
New for the latest model year are more standard Limited features, including power-adjustable pedals, power tilt and telescopic steering wheel, memory settings for the power driver seat, exterior mirrors and steering wheel, blue backlit sill scuff plates, a 115-volt power outlet, a proximity key and rain-sensing wipers.
An optional LG navigation system is also available, packaged with a 605-watt Infinity Logic 7 surround sound audio system.
A rear-seat DVD entertainment system, which features an eight-inch LCD monitor and an Infinity AM/FM/XM Satellite Radio/CD-changer/MP3 Logic 7 surround sound audio package, is also available.
The Veracruz is aimed at capacious three-row crossovers like the Honda Pilot, Ford Explorer, Subaru Tribeca and Dodge Durango.