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2010 Hyundai Veracruz

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2010 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 is as quiet on the highway as a Lexus RX 350, actual competitors for the Veracruz are more mainstream people-movers like the Honda Pilot and Mazda CX-9. Still, in years past the premium-like Veracruz stood up very well to the RX350 in back-to-back test drives organized, admittedly, by the Hyundai folks. Some have suggested that Hyundai may have been a little too optimistic, even, 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 2010 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 2010

For 2010, the GLS trim receives the bulk of the updates, including a power driver's seat, roof rack side rails, a backup warning system, automatic headlights, leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob and fog lights. New optional equipment for the GLS includes navigation and a 605-watt Infinity Logic 7 audio system. Heated seats are now standard on all-wheel drive models.

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.

2010 Hyundai Veracruz Details
2010 Hyundai Veracruz photo 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 air-conditioned center console keeps food and drinks chilled.

Exterior
2010 Hyundai Veracruz photo

The 2010 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 2010 Hyundai Veracruz GLS includes a six-speaker AM/FM/XM/CD/MP3 audio system with USB/iPod auxiliary inputs, power driver's seat, fog lights, automatic headlamps, cooling center console storage, air conditioning, rear-seat climate controls, steering wheel audio and cruise controls, power windows/locks/heated mirrors and remote keyless entry. The Limited adds remote-sensing unlock and start, 314-watt Infinity audio with CD changer, power passenger seat, heated front seats, tilt down in reverse side mirrors, power tilt/telescopic steering wheel, power sunroof, 115-volt outlet, windshield wiper de-icer 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 2010 Hyundai Veracruz GLS offers a Premium Package that adds LG navigation, 605-watt Infinity Logic 7 audio system, memory for seat and mirrors, power tilt/telescoping steering wheel, dual-zone automatic climate control, power sunroof and a power tailgate. The Limited has only two options: The LG navigation package which includes DVD navigation and a 605-watt Infinity Logic 7 audio system, and a rear seat DVD entertainment unit.

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: 17/23 (FWD), 16/22 (AWD)

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2010 Hyundai Veracruz Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
9.0
Out of 10

Based on 157 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

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."

2 people out of 3 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."

2 people out of 5 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."

3 people out of 4 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."

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."

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