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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.

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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 165 Ratings for the 2007 - 2012 models.

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

Finally a Keeper!!

By on Sunday, July 05, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 49,600

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "no issues to fix,reliable,spacious andgreat on gas"

Cons: "small quirky stuff... see above for details"

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

"After owning a lemon (Buick Rainer) I came on Kellys to find a nice replacement car for my family. After researching for hours, days and weeks. Nothing compared to the reviews of the Hyundai's Veracruz; almost 2yrs later all the hype has rung true. Its a great SUV, not fancy or flashy but reliable and fits the needs of my family as well as our pockets :) Pros: no issues to fix, reliable, spacious and great on gas Cons: child window lock (clocks all windows except driver, even driver cant put them up or down until unlocked), cant charge cell in the AC adapter unless the car is running but dome lights will stay on and not turn off automatically. small quirky stuff"

4 people out of 4 found this review helpful

Best I'll ever own!! (for the money)

By on Monday, June 29, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 88,000

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: "Luxury on the cheap"

Cons: "If I had a con I'd tell ya.."

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

"I'm so lucky to have found this car.. We've owned it now for 20 months. It had 80K on it when we bought it.. We always buy used because we want to pay cash and can't begin to afford new car prices... We just happened to see this car advertised as a "Leader" for a used car dealer because it had alittle hail damage.. That's the only reason we got lucky enough to own this luxury (to us) vehicle.. Its a dream to drive.. Has so many bells and whistles (again for us) that even today we experience new features about it. Great size inside.. Great power.. Great sound system.. Great leather.. Great everything except maybe MPG. But to us 17-19 mpg is ok.. When friends drive it, they all comment "wow, what a great car".. The 0 to 60 power is just so surprising. Everyone thinks its a German made.. Everyone also comments how roomy the rear seat leg room is.. No matter what I own, if any, after this car, it will always rate as the best value and fun to drive family car I ever owned.."

1 person out of 4 found this review helpful

Great family car.

By on Tuesday, May 19, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 23,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "great family car with good power"

Cons: "gas mileage on the low side."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 7

"Great family car. Very comfortable. Third seat is roomy!!! The car is classy in and out. The wood trim adds luxury."

5 people out of 7 found this review helpful

excellent vehicle with minor flaws

By on Friday, May 01, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 51,000

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
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "handling, mpg, ride, features"

Cons: "no rear camera, hard seats on long trips"

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

"Seats are uncomfortable on long trips. No rear camera, but have rear sensors. Does get 23/24 mpg on trips. V6 eng very responsive. Nice ride. Great handling."

4 people out of 7 found this review helpful

Great cross over

By on Saturday, April 11, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 55,000

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
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "no backup camera or navigation"

Cons: "Parking sensors & Roomy interior"

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

"I have owned for 1 year. So far, love this cross-over. Very roomy. The best part about this cross over is my elder parents have NO problems getting in or out of & my kids love the 3rd row seat! No stepping up or down to get into this car. We all slide right in! And we have plenty of leg room! I rated this 9/10 only because my interior door handle broke, it was covered under warranty which was great but was not sure why it broke, seemed odd to me since we are not rough with it. This car rides smooth, no race car but has plenty of pick up to get out of the way. I came into this crossover out of a huge SUV with a V8 so I had to get used to a V6 from huge gas drinking V8. Still love it though and I appreciate the gas savings! First Hyundai I have ever owned. So far so good."

3 people out of 4 found this review helpful

GREAT CAR

By on Wednesday, January 28, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 54,500

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "HANDLE WELL,GOOD ON GAS GREAT RIDE"

Cons: "SEAT FOR TALL PEOPLE"

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

"I WAS AT DEALER LOOKING AT NEW CARS AND WHILE WAITING FOR SALESMEN TO COME BACK I WALKED AROUND USED CAR LOT BOY I'AM GLADE I DID..ISAW THIS VERA CRUZ,IT LOOKED GOOD AND HAD EVERYTHING WE WANTED.IT JUST CAME BACK FROM A LEASE,WITH ONLY 26000 MILES ON IT.THAT WAS IN 2011, WE STILL HAVE IT NOW WITH 54500 MILES. IT RIDES GREAT AND HANDLES JUST AS GOOD AS SOME BMW'S THAT I DROVE,THIRD ROW SEAT HELPFUL WHEN TAKING GRANDKIDS OUT. ONLY PROBLEM FOR ME IS,I'AM 6'1" WISH THE DRIVER SEAT WENT BACK ALITTLE FARTHER FOR LONG DRIVES. ONLY PROBLEMWE HAD WITH CAR ITSELF WAS RUBBER MOLDING ON DRIVERS DOOR. IT YOU FINE ONE BUY IT !!! THEY STOPED MAKING THEM ,AND PUT A THIRD ROW SEAT IN THE SANTA-FE, BUT THEY ARE NOT SA NICE"

4 people out of 6 found this review helpful

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