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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 167 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

Great performing minivan alternative.

By on Tuesday, August 11, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 71,000

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: "Great power and handling for it's size"

Cons: "3rd row seats not for grown-ups!"

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

"This car can put Lexus and BMW SUV's to shame. Many times our passengers remark that it's one of the nicest cars they have ridden in. After driving the Honda pilot (under-powered, poor handling), and a few other alternatives, we purchased this car used a few years ago. Just drove it 1200 miles on family vacation through the mountains, plenty of power and surefooted going up and down the twisties! Very reliable, just watch the dome lights; both the kids pushing buttons, and moving car-seats in and out have kicked on the lights and ran the battery down a couple times."

very solid and reliable family car

By on Wednesday, August 05, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 43,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "great value, reliable and practical."

Cons: "none really"

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

"the third row leather seats was handy for our soccer kids :). very reliable car for momma. costco runs, kids sports, etc. excellent. easy to drive and no problems."

2 people out of 3 found this review helpful

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"

5 people out of 6 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.."

3 people out of 6 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."

6 people out of 9 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."

5 people out of 9 found this review helpful

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