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2012 Hyundai Veracruz

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2012 Hyundai Veracruz Review

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To prove just how good the 2012 Hyundai Veracruz SUV really is, Hyundai invited a group of us to its proving grounds where there was also a Lexus RX 350 for comparison. While the Lexus clearly is the better SUV, it isn't by much. The 2012 Hyundai Veracruz's ride, handling and acceleration all matched or bested the Lexus, and its interior truly is as quiet, at least at highway speeds. And, while Hyundai was also quick to point out the Veracruz has more cargo room than a Mercedes Benz GL (with the rear seat folded down, of course), we think it's more likely people will be comparing it to the cargo hold of the Mazda CX-9, Honda Pilot and Chevrolet Traverse. With its three-row seating, the 2012 Hyundai Veracruz can fit up to seven people, although the rear-most seat is a bit cramped for two adults. Best of all, the 2012 Hyundai Veracruz offers near Lexus-like levels of luxury at a price starting well below Lexus territory.

You'll Like This Car If...

The 2012 Hyundai Veracruz stands apart from more truck-like SUVs with its smooth, sleek design and plush interior. If a seven-passenger Honda Pilot or Toyota Highlander is a bit too rugged or conservative for your taste, the 2012 Hyundai Veracruz will likely hold strong appeal.

You May Not Like This Car If...

If your demands require the third-row seat to be in use full-time, you'll find there is very little room behind said seat for luggage or equipment. You might be better off in a Chevy Traverse or Honda Pilot, both of which have significantly more cargo space behind the third-row seat than the Veracruz.

What's New for 2012

The 2012 Veracruz receives a new European-inspired grille, some new wheel designs and, on the Limited trim, standard heated second-row seats. A new Alpine navigation unit is available on the Limited trim level; the Alpine navigation unit includes HD Radio, Pandora internet radio for iPhone, Bluetooth, and a 7-inch touch screen display, as well as a 605-watt Infinity amp and 10 speakers.

Driving the Veracruz

Driving Impressions Thanks to its one-piece unibody construction and 4-wheel independent front and rear suspension, the 2012 Hyundai Veracruz 7-passenger SUV is as comfortable climbing a winding mountain road as it is...

effortless cruising long stretches of highway. Even in city driving, where larger SUV's can feel like ponderous dinosaurs, the 2012 Hyundai Veracruz SUV is lithe and nimble. Thanks in part to its smaller turning circle and minimal length, the Veracruz is easily maneuvered in all but the tightest parking situations. While we enjoyed the cruising capabilities afforded by the powerful and smooth V6 engine, the Veracruz's 6-speed automatic transmission demonstrated a reluctance to quickly kick down into a lower gear when we needed an immediate burst of power. 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 2012 Hyundai Veracruz SUV'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 on any vehicle with a liftgate that is not powered.

2012 Hyundai Veracruz Details
Interior

While it's clear that Hyundai used the Lexus RX 350 as a benchmark for the Veracruz's interior, they didn't copy it part for part. The 2012 Hyundai Veracruz's upscale appointments include soft-lined bins, a soft-touch console and armrests and even overhead ambient spot lights. The 2012 Hyundai Veracruz's third-row seat offers about the same accommodations as others in this segment, which is to say it's suitable only for kids or for short trips with two adults. And, while Hyundai likes to boast about the Veracruz's roomy cargo area, that boast is referring to the total cargo space with the second- and third-row seats folded; when the third-row seat is in place, however, there is precious little space to spare.

Exterior

Although not much larger than the Toyota Highlander and Honda Pilot, the 2012 Veracruz doesn't share the latter's somewhat rugged, off-road-ready look. The stylish lines may seem conservative to some, but nice touches such as the 18-inch hypersilver wheels, dual chrome exhaust tips and integrated rear spoiler help impart a slightly sporty demeanor. Other high-end features include side mirrors with integrated turn signals and puddle lights that shine down to reveal possible hazards hidden by the dark of night.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

The standard equipment list of a 2012 Hyundai Veracruz GLS includes a 6-speaker AM/FM/XM/CD/MP3 audio system with USB/iPod auxiliary inputs, power driver's seat, fog lights, automatic headlamps, air conditioning, rear-seat climate controls, steering-wheel audio and cruise controls, power windows/locks/heated mirrors and remote keyless entry. The Limited adds leather seating surfaces, proximity key, a 314-watt Infinity audio with CD changer, power passenger seat, heated front and second-row seats, tilt-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 (ESC), Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist (BA).

Optional Equipment

The Veracruz GLS offers a Premium Package that adds a power tilt-and-slide sunroof, power tailgate, auto-dimming interior mirror with HomeLink and compass, auto-dimming exterior mirrors, heated front seats and windshield wiper deicer. The Limited has only one option: The Alpine navigation package, which includes DVD navigation and the 605-watt Infinity Logic7 audio system with 10 speakers. Both the GLS and Limited are available with all-wheel drive (AWD).

Under the Hood

The 2012 Hyundai Veracruz SUV's sophisticated powertrain comprises an all-aluminum V6 with continuously variable valve timing, vibration-reducing electronically controlled engine mounts and a 6-speed automatic transmission, The Veracruz is offered with either front- or all-wheel drive (AWD).

3.8-liter V6
260 horsepower @ 6,000 rpm
257 lb-ft of torque @ 4,500 rpm
EPA estimated fuel economy: 17/22 (FWD), 16/21 (AWD)

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2012 Hyundai Veracruz Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
9.0
Out of 10

Based on 157 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

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 4 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."

4 people out of 5 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."

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

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."

5 people out of 10 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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