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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.
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.
By Tony in Tampa on Friday, August 13, 2010
overall rating 10 of 10rating details
"I finished shopping Highlander, Buick Enclave (and its cousins), Ford Flex, and several others. Nothing compares to the Veracruz in quality, features and price. Nothing. This one is flying under the radar. Where else can you get a power liftgate, six speed with tiptronic, killer sound, keyless, seat memory, perfect fit and finish, big seats, leather, etc etc, for $30K? I have the Limited. Only mistake I made was leasing and not buying. This one is a keeper."
13 people out of 13 found this review helpful
By RoniC on Wednesday, January 25, 2012
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 64,000overall rating 10 of 10rating details
Pros: "Very fun to drive. Super easy to park! Roomy!"
Cons: "I dont have any."
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"Simply, I love this car. I needed the 3rd row but did not want a huge SUV. This was the answer to my prayer. I have 3 children and I fill this car up every weekend with all their friends. My son is 6 foot and he can sit in the back row comfortably. His aunt and grandmother have crossovers and he can not sit in the back of theirs. The leg room in the 2nd and 3rd row are amazing. You would not believe this is a midsize vehicle. I love it and do not want anything else. When the miles get too extremly high on my 2008, I will get a new one. Oh.... and everyone thinks it a Lexus...lol I love love love it!!!"
9 people out of 9 found this review helpful
By J on Saturday, December 17, 2011
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 29,000overall rating 8 of 10rating details
Pros: "Price, options, looks like a Lexus"
Cons: "They skimped on the body so easily dents, dings"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"We had never heard of this car when we were shopping for a crossover for our growing family. We were testing the Ford and Nissan models and not falling in love with either when our dealer salesman introduced us to this. We immediately were smitten with the look, price and the included options and especially that we were able to get the limited edition with all the bells and whistles for the same price as a standard crossover from the other manufacturers. So now, three years later, how has the vehicle withstood it's love at first sight status? Pretty darn well. Overall it's still keeping us riding in style and comfort but you don't get all that car for so little money without a few trade-offs. Here's where the vehicle falls short: The exterior paint and body.... It dings and scratches easily. Either we are a magnet for careless door flingers or there's more to it than that. I think the paint job and body resistance is a lower quality than you are going to find on a Ford, Nissan, Toyota, etc. Second, the gas mileage on the sticker was way off. It stated we could expect 18 to 24. I have seen 22 ONCE when we traveled across the country (highway, minimal stopping, low wind, etc) Other than that, I'm averaging about 17 on a good day. 18 if I've been on the highway a lot. I think that issue has been resolved in recent years though as the government put restrictions on how the cars could be tested for mileage standards. Lastly, the steering column is supposed to have a memory that you can set and I am consistently having issues with it "forgetting". But with a ridiculously long warranty period I'm not worried about that either. So overall, it's a great car and the price makes it's nuances bearable. Still happy with the purchase and wondering why I don't see more on the road?"
7 people out of 7 found this review helpful