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2009 Hyundai Veracruz

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2009 Hyundai Veracruz Review

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While Hyundai is quick to point out that its three-row crossover has more cargo room than a Mercedes-Benz GL and a quieter highway ride than the Lexus RX 350, actual competitors for the Veracruz are more mainstream people-movers like the Honda Pilot and Toyota Highlander. Still, the premium-like Veracruz stood up very well to the RX 350 in back-to-back test drives organized, admittedly, by the Hyundai folks. Some have even suggested that Hyundai may have been a little too optimistic in its reliance upon the RX 350 as a source of inspiration. But we remember hearing similar criticisms when Lexus introduced its flagship LS sedan, in which some saw too many hints of Mercedes' S-Class – and that seemed to work out okay for Lexus.

You'll Like This Car If...

The 2009 Hyundai Veracruz distinguishes itself from three-row competitors like the Honda Pilot and Toyota Highlander with premium-like accommodations, a less rugged shape and feature-based value.

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Traveling with a car full of people and their luggage may be rather tight, as cargo room behind the third-row seat is under seven cubic feet. That's nearly four cubic feet less than the Toyota Highlander and nine cubic feet less than the Honda Pilot.

What's New for 2009

New Preferred and Premium packages are offered on the GLS trim, and the Limited trim is now available with black leather interior as well as a Black Diamond exterior package with chrome wheels later in the year.

Driving the Veracruz

Driving Impressions With its car-like unibody construction and four-wheel independent suspension, the Veracruz combines smooth, stable and exceptionally quiet highway cruising with as much around-town agility as is fair to expect or...

require from such a vehicle. The Veracruz is also among the most nimble three-row vehicles in any parking lot, thanks to a turning circle and an overall length similar to a typical mid-size sedan's. In merging and passing situations the refined six-speed transmission can be a little reluctant to kick down into a lower gear, but keep squeezing the accelerator pedal and the Veracruz rewards with enough power to get the job done. Our time in the Veracruz included everything from short commutes to interstate road trips, and it never failed to impress us as effortless and comfortable.

Proximity Key
The Hyundai's remote-sensing unlock and start feature allows you to get in and go without ever touching the key that remains in your pocket or purse.

Power Liftgate
A feature that seemed like such an indulgence only a couple years ago – and one we wouldn't have expected on a Hyundai – has become one of the features we miss the most when driving any vehicle with a liftgate that is not powered.

2009 Hyundai Veracruz Details
Interior

While Hyundai claims the interior of the Veracruz was inspired by boutique hotels, it's obvious the Lexus RX 350 was also a source of inspiration. That the Veracruz has more interior cargo volume than the Mercedes-Benz GL says more about the Mercedes than it does about the Hyundai, which offers a touch less room than the Honda Pilot. The third-row seat is about as accommodating as others in the category – best for kids, doable for adults – but when the third row is occupied by people the Veracruz offers little remaining room for cargo. Premium-like touches include soft-lined bins and consoles and ambient spotlighting. An available air-conditioned center console keeps food and drinks chilled.

Exterior
2009 Hyundai Veracruz photo

The 2009 Hyundai Veracruz is roughly the same size as the Toyota Highlander and Honda Pilot but doesn't share those models' more traditional SUV proportions. Dual chrome exhaust outlets, a rear spoiler and available 18-inch wheels don't impart a sporty appearance as much as they defend against blandness. Side mirrors with integrated turn indicators and puddle lights are a nice touch. The Veracruz performed well enough in government crash tests to receive ratings equal to those of its best competitors.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

The standard equipment list of a 2009 Hyundai Veracruz GLS includes a six-speaker AM/FM/XM/CD/MP3 audio system, air conditioning, rear-seat climate controls, steering wheel audio and cruise controls, power windows/locks/mirrors and remote keyless entry. The Limited trim adds remote-sensing unlock and start, adjustable pedals, rain-sensing windshield wipers and memory settings for the driver's seat, exterior mirrors and steering wheel. Standard safety equipment includes front, front-side and three-row side curtain airbags plus electronic stability control and a sophisticated braking system.

Optional Equipment

The 2009 Hyundai Veracruz GLS is now offered with Preferred and Premium packages, which feature a comprehensive list of optional equipment that includes a,backup warning system, power liftgate, 115-volt power outlet in the cargo area, rear-seat DVD entertainment system, glass sunroof, heated front seats and a power driver's seat. The Limited trim offers an LG navigation system and a 605-watt Infinity sound system.

Under the Hood

Hyundai's sophisticated powertrain comprises an all-aluminum V6 with continuously variable valve timing, vibration-reducing electronically controlled engine mounts and a six-speed automatic transmission (the Honda Pilot and the Toyota Highlander have five-speed transmissions). The Veracruz is offered with either front- or all-wheel drive.

3.8-liter V6
260 horsepower @ 6000 rpm
257 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4500 rpm
EPA estimated fuel economy: 16/23 (FWD), 15/22 (AWD)

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2009 Hyundai Veracruz Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
9.0
Out of 10

Based on 154 Ratings for the 2007 - 2012 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    9.2/10
    Quality
    9.1/10
  • Reliability
    9.2/10
    Performance
    9.1/10
  • Comfort
    9.3/10
    Styling
    9.2/10

best suv on road

By on Saturday, July 12, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 95,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "comfortable to drive"

Cons: "none"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Over 92000 miles and very little trouble, had a head casket go, but taken care of by dealer. Have been cross country with it 7 times and drives like a champ. Sorry that they discontinued this model."

Over all pretty good SUV, interior cheep

By on Friday, May 30, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 40,000

10 4.0
overall rating 4 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
4/10
Value
Not Rated
Reliability
8/10
Quality
4/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
3/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "roomy SUV and it is good visibility"

Cons: "noisy, inexpensive leather"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 4

"lots of problems with electric seat for driver. dealership has been very good about fixing issues. interior is cheep and could be a better quality leather, and doors seem to have almost no insolation. very noisy."

4 people out of 8 found this review helpful

This 2008 Hyundai is great on fuel and room.

By on Thursday, May 29, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 29,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "GOOD QUALITY FOR THE MONEY."

Cons: "Can always have more upgrades for comfort."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I have been happy with my Hyundai, gets a good 20mph in town and easy to drive everywhere. No maintenance, and hauls most everything. Very great car."

One of the best SUVs I have driven.

By on Friday, April 11, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 15,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "comfort and relaibility"

Cons: "gas mileage, instrument lighting, tires need serv"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"I love everything about this vehicle which is, in fact, leased: its interior, in room, comfort and somewhat luxurious character. There are but two downfalls I have experienced: its gas mileage which is woeful and no where near the advertised mileage and its virtually impossible to see instrumentation. In the daylight its clock and similar feature faces are totally unreadable. In that the Veracruz is no longer made (what a shame) I will move to the larger Santa Fe for my next vehicle if I can get some assurance of better gas mileage."

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

single owner, service history, accident free

By on Saturday, April 05, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 132,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
7/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "handles great, fun to drive"

Cons: "passenger seat needs motor"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8

"2007 silver Veracruz for sale by owner. Great car with brown leather interior. Very spacious with seating for 7 with 3 rows. 110 volt plug in in rear. Keyless entry, power lift gate, seat memory for (2). DVD player in middle row seats. XM radio along with 6 cd cassette. Lot of inter state driving versus city. good condition. Located in N.E. Pa. hwy 81N and 80W."

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

great road trip vehicle.

By on Saturday, March 15, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 52,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "roomy"

Cons: "discontinued"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"We live in nyc. We take roadtrips every summer to see family out west and down south. We are afamily of 4. I installed a tow hitch on it and bought a cargo tray. I load all the luggage on that so there is plenty of room inside the car for overnight bags and a colloerfor snacks and drinks. My son has the 3 rd row to himself as does my daughter having the middle. No fighting about who is touching who. Highway mpg is better than 23. I have had sheetrock, plywood, moulding, bags of sand and concrete and many other things in this car. Excellant vehicle. Doesn't look like the 'new' santa fe holds a candle to the vc. Sad day will come when I have to give it up."

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

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