Vehicle Overview

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 such as the Honda Pilot and Toyota Highlander. The Veracruz seats seven in three rows and has numerous standard safety features. The base GLS and upper-crust Limited are the two trim levels offered, and a 3.8-liter V-6 is standard. All-wheel drive is optional.

New for 2011
Other than changes to the base model’s Premium Package of options, there are no significant changes.

Exterior
Swooping curves and two-tone bodywork define the Veracruz, which emulates styling themes set by Hyundai's other crossovers, like the Santa Fe. Exterior features include:

  • Standard 17-inch wheels
  • Chrome window and grille surrounds
  • Standard heated side mirrors with integrated turn signals
  • Standard rear parking sensors
  • Optional moonroof
  • Optional power liftgate
  • Optional 18-inch wheels

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 ease 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
  • Optional backseat entertainment system

Under the Hood
The Veracruz's 3.8-liter V-6 sees duty in a number of Hyundais, including the Azera full-size sedan. EPA fuel-economy estimates for the front-wheel-drive Veracruz are 17/23 mpg city/highway and all-wheel-drive models are rated at 16/22 mpg. Mechanical features include:

  • 260 horsepower, 257 pounds-feet of torque
  • V-6 runs on regular gas
  • Six-speed automatic transmission with manual control
  • Optional all-wheel-drive system includes 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