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By Cars.com Staff
July 12, 2011
Though Hyundai likes to compare the Veracruz crossover to luxury models like the Lexus RX 350, shoppers will likely size it against less expensive offerings like the Honda Pilot and Toyota Highlander. The Veracruz seats seven in three rows and has numerous standard safety features. Base GLS and upper-crust Limited trims are offered, and a 3.8-liter V-6 is standard. All-wheel drive is optional.
New for 2012 The Veracruz gets a new grille and updated 18-inch alloy wheels, which are available. The Limited trim adds heated second-row seats and can be equipped with an Alpine navigation system.
Exterior Swooping curves and two-tone bodywork define the Veracruz, which emulates styling themes set by Hyundai's Santa Fe crossover. Exterior features include:
Standard 17-inch alloy wheels; available 18-inch alloy rims
Chrome window and grille surrounds
Standard heated side mirrors with integrated turn signals
Standard rear parking sensors
Optional power liftgate
Interior The Veracruz's seating arrangement includes front bucket seats, a three-person second-row bench seat and a two-person third row. GLS models have fabric seats, but the uplevel Limited trim gets leather upholstery. Blue backlighting illuminates the instruments, dashboard controls and cupholders. Interior features include:
Second row can slide forward to aid access to the third row
Third-row seat folds into the floor
Air-conditioning controls for rear passengers
Optional power tilt/telescoping steering column (manual tilt/telescoping standard)
Optional household power outlet
Under the Hood The Veracruz is powered by a 260-horsepower, 3.8-liter V-6. Mechanical features include:
V-6 runs on regular gas
Six-speed automatic transmission with manual control
Optional all-wheel-drive system includes a lock mode that splits torque 50:50, front to rear, at low speeds
Safety Standard safety features include:
Four-wheel-disc antilock brakes
Electronic stability system
Side-impact airbags for front seats
Side curtain airbags for all three rows
Active front head restraints
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