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  • (4.8) 11 reviews
  • Available Prices: $6,242–$14,326
  • Body Style: Sport Utility
  • Combined MPG: 18-19
  • Engine: 260-hp, 3.8-liter V-6 (regular gas)
  • Drivetrain: All-wheel Drive
  • Seats: 7
2009 Hyundai Veracruz

Our Take on the Latest Model 2009 Hyundai Veracruz

What We Don't Like

  • Mushy brake pedal feel
  • Little cargo room with third row up
  • Finicky steering-wheel adjustment
  • Unrealistic brown faux wood trim
  • Many options locked in pricey packages

Notable Features

  • 260-hp V-6 engine
  • Six-speed automatic
  • Electronic stability system
  • DVD entertainment system
  • Three rows of seats
  • SE trim level dropped

2009 Hyundai Veracruz Reviews

Vehicle Overview
Though Hyundai says the Veracruz competes with luxury SUVs such as the Lexus RX 350, shoppers will likely compare it to less expensive offerings like the Honda Pilot and Toyota Highlander. The Veracruz comes with seven seats, a torrent of standard safety features and an optional navigation system. Trim levels include the base GLS and upper-crust Limited. A 3.8-liter V-6 is standard, and all-wheel drive is optional.

New for 2009
The Veracruz gets standard USB/iPod auxiliary inputs, and the base GLS offers new Preferred and Premium Packages because the SE trim has been dropped.

Swooping curves and two-tone bodywork define the Veracruz, which emulates styling themes set by Hyundai's other SUVs. The Veracruz is 190.6 inches long, 76.6 inches wide and 71.1 inches tall. It's longer, wider and taller than the Highlander, but is slightly smaller than the Honda Pilot in every dimension.

  • Standard 17-inch alloy wheels on GLS
  • 18-inch wheels on Limited
  • Standard power liftgate on Limited
  • Chrome window and grille surroundings
  • Exterior puddle lamps
  • Rear spoiler

Blue backlighting illuminates the instruments, dashboard controls and even the cupholders. Standard features in the Veracruz GLS include keyless entry, an AM/FM/XM Satellite Radio/CD/MP3 six-speaker audio system and a tilt/telescoping steering wheel with audio and cruise controls. The GLS model's Preferred Equipment Package adds a power driver's seat, backup warning sensors, heated front seats and leather interior touches. The GLS' Premium Package adds leather seats and a power liftgate. For the Limited, the list of standard features includes an upgraded audio system with CD changer, power front seats, automatic climate control, a power-adjusting steering column, a keyless startup system and rain-sensing wipers. A navigation system is optional; it's packaged with a 605-watt surround-sound stereo system.
  • Three rows seat up to seven
  • Second row slides forward to ease access to third row
  • Third-row seat folds into floor
  • Air conditioning controls for rear passengers
  • Available rear-seat DVD entertainment system with 8-inch screen

Under the Hood
Hyundai borrowed the Veracruz's 3.8-liter V-6 from its Azera sedan and Entourage minivan. EPA fuel-economy estimates for the two-wheel-drive Veracruz are 16/23 mpg city/highway. Four-wheel-drive models are rated at 15/22.
  • 260 horsepower, 3.8-liter V-6 with 257 pounds-feet of torque
  • Six-speed automatic transmission with manual control
  • Available electronic all-wheel drive with lock mode when needed at low speeds

Standard 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

Consumer Reviews


Average based on 11 reviews

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It was very smooth and quiet

by Big don from Columbus Ohio on July 5, 2017

Nice size room for a 7 Passenger very well Equipped for the year i look at. The price is right for what you getting.

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There are currently 4 recalls for this car.

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Estimated Service & Repair cost: $4,100 per year.

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Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.


Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

Roadside Assistance

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

Free Scheduled Maintenance

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

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