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