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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.
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.
While Hyundai is quick to point out that its new 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 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.