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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.

You May Not Like This Car If...

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 159 Ratings for the 2007 - 2012 models.

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

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"

3 people out of 4 found this review helpful

Very pleased

By on Wednesday, January 07, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 135,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Handles well. Comfortable ride. Acceptable MPG's"

Cons: "Gasket design flaw"

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

"Bought this vehicle with around 50K on it. Needed a vehicle that could fit 6+ and this fit the bill. Comfortable ride with a quiet. The 3.8L is a smooth and powerful engine. Interior is modern with a touch of class. Well thought out with storage everywhere. Other than normal maintenance, I've only had a few problems. 1. shortly after I bought it I had to replace both rear bearings. 2. Due to a gasket design flaw, (Hyundai has just formally recognized the issue) oil would leak out onto alternator. this caused me to have to replace both. Other than that averaging about 20mpg in mixed driving. Would I buy this car again? In a heartbeat."

7 people out of 14 found this review helpful

Excellent vehicle that compared favorably with RX

By on Monday, August 11, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 76,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "size, roominess, electronics, sliding 2nd seat"

Cons: "SE model should have had power passenger seat"

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

"Third seat feature and second seat room that compared favorably to all other competitors in the class drew us to consider the Veracruz, now named Santa Fe; and the price and friendliness of the dealer staff sold us. Maintenance experience has been excellent for 7 years to include two small warranty claims that were handled quickly."

8 people out of 13 found this review helpful

Very satisfied with my vehicle. Very comfortable

By on Tuesday, July 29, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 29,500

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
6/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
8/10

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

"The Vera cruz is a very comfortable ride with good performance. The sound system is very good. Gas mileage is so-so."

4 people out of 7 found this review helpful

Great Car

By on Wednesday, July 23, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 100,000

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
8/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Safe, reliable, few service needs-a hardy car,"

Cons: "no auxiliary Jack/usb, Been discontinued"

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

"This car compares favorably with my old Murano. It carries an immense amount and is very versatile. The 2nd row splits so you can transport something quite long and still have room for someone to sit in the 2nd row. I like the option of a 3rd row even though I haven't used it a whole lot. The display is fine-can't figure out the point of the "blue mood light" but it adds whimsy. The car has been reliable. Since I got it used I only had warranty up to 60K but I'm now at 100K and has had almost no service needs. It gets better gas millage than I expected-better than my Murano had. The odd thing is that it gets the same milage in stop and go driving and on long drives at 65-don't get that. It is about 21mpg regardless of what I do. It gives a quiet ride. An annoyance is that it does not have a simple Auxiliary Jack/usb but it has plenty of lighter/plugs. The ride is very comfortable in the first and second row. The 3rd lacks leg room but is better than most 3rd rows. Frankly I prefer the upright position of the driving seat in the Murano than the seat of the Vericruz. I had many more problems with the Murano than the Vericruz. Even though the warrany for 2nd owners is not quite as good as it is for 1st owners it is as good as any other new car. The new Hyundai's have amazing warranties. Driving the Veracruz is a mixed bag. No, it does not accelerate like a sports care but it is not sluggish either. It has a surprisingly small turning radius. It is a very heavy car. I drive a lot so I wanted a very safe car. I have tested this feature. I had a car merge onto a lane I was in without noticing me-which made have to move the left except that there was a car in the left lane. Ultimately I brushed the car on the left-with little damage to either car. The bigger test was when someone rammed into my car while I was stopped at a light. He was driving a truck. My car barely moved. I've also driven the car a lot in snow and ice-on I81 in snowy Syracuse. It drives very well when other vehicles are sliding about on the road. I guess the weight plus the all wheel drive allows it to handle the very worst weather. So, all in all, I am very pleased. I've driven it for 70K and it shows no signs of age. It seems new. The only oddity to me relates to why Hyundai kept the Vericruz such a secret. They never promoted it so it did not get great sales. They have since D/C it in favor of wider options on the Santa Fe."

9 people out of 11 found this review helpful

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."

3 people out of 3 found this review helpful

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