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2012 Hyundai Veracruz

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2012 Hyundai Veracruz Review

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KBB Expert Rating: 7.1

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 165 Ratings for the 2007 - 2012 models.

Review this car
  • 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 8 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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