By Cars.com EditorsMay 13, 2009
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Cars.com walks you through the seating features of the Hyundai Veracruz
Hi, I'm Joe Wiesenfelder from Cars.com. I'm going to give you some tips in case you want to check out the Hyundai Veracruz. Obviously, if you're considering buying a car, you want to make sure that you and your family fit. This is a Veracruz Limited.
It's the top trim level. So it has the eight-way powered seat. Now I'm down all the way. I have a few inches to spare at my height, which is about six feet tall. Now I'm going to run it up to see how much range it has. Now, on the grand scheme of things that's not a lot of range. We've only added a couple of inches. I probably still have about an inch of headroom to spare. Now in terms of leg room, we find that it isn't bad in the car. I'm all the way back here at my height I can still reach the pedals all right. I don't feel like I'm too far. People taller than me might find that they're a little bit too close unfortunately. Now, as you can see, this gets mighty close to the wheel and that brings up another important point. The Veracruz has a tilt telescoping steering wheel. Now this one happens to be powered because this is a special package in the Veracruz Limited. But even the base ones have a tilt and telescoping feature. It's very important for people to be comfortable, and also for shorter people to distance themselves properly from the airbag. Thanks to a special option package on this Veracruz Limited, this particular one has adjustable pedals too. What this does it gives you even more flexibility. I'm now in the second row seat of the Veracruz. We left the front seat in it's rear most position to give you an idea of what my leg room is. Also understand that this is one of the new vehicles that has a fore/aft adjustment for the second row, which is really nice when you're sharing leg room between the second row and the third row. With the seat all the way back my knees are raised a little bit, but it's still comfortable. That room in the second row is actually quite good, even for someone of my height, but it's less if you move forward to just a couple inches from this higher part. The second row has three head restraints, one for each position. The outboard ones raise high enough for an adult, which is important for safety. The center section raises not quite high enough for an adult, but it should be all right for a child. Getting into the Veracruz's third row is actually pretty easy in some respects. There's one handle separate from the one that folds it flat that tilts the backrest and slides the seat forward. It's extremely well executed. The handle sticks out just enough that you can lift and still hold by it. Now the second row seat is split forty percent, sixty percent. I'm behind the forty percent side. Even with the sliding seat back all the way. I actually have enough leg room to be comfortable. Probably not for a long drive, but for a drive. My knees are raised a good bit. That's part of how they accomplish it. Also, there are head restraints in the back. That's not quite high enough for most adults. My headroom is, you know, at least a couple inches of clearance for someone to take a short trip. It's not bad. <v Announcer>For additional information on this car or any other go to Cars.com and our blog Kickingtires.