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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.
You'll Like This Car If...
The 2011 Hyundai Veracruz distinguishes itself from three-row competitors, such as the Honda Pilot and Toyota Highlander, with premium-like accommodations, a less rugged shape and feature-based value.
You May Not Like This Car If...
Traveling with a car full of people and their luggage may be rather tight, as cargo room behind the third-row seat is less than 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 2011
For 2011 the GLS Premium Package option group has been updated and includes a power tilt-and-slide sunroof, power tailgate, auto-dimming interior mirror with HomeLink and compass and auto-dimming tilt-in-reverse exterior mirrors.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The 2011 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 Standard Equipment
The standard equipment list of a 2011 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, a 315-watt Infinity audio with CD changer, power passenger seat, heated front 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 and a sophisticated braking system.
Notable Optional Equipment
The 2010 Hyundai Veracruz GLS offers a Premium Package that adds LG navigation, 605-watt Infinity Logic 7 audio system with 10 speakers, memory for seat and mirrors, power tilt/telescoping steering wheel, dual-zone automatic climate control, power sunroof, power tailgate, auto-dimming interior mirror with HomeLink and auto-dimming tilt-in-reverse exterior mirrors. The Limited has only two options: The LG navigation package, which includes DVD navigation and the 605-watt Infinity Logic 7 audio system; and a rear-seat DVD entertainment unit which also includes the Infinity Logic 7 audio system.
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.
260 horsepower @ 6000 rpm
257 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4500 rpm
EPA estimated fuel economy: 17/22 (FWD), 16/21 (AWD)
The 2011 Hyundai Veracruz starts at a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of about $29,000 and tops out impressively equipped right around $40,000. All-wheel drive works out to about $1,700. The Veracruz can boast an equipment-based price advantage of some $3,000 to $4,000 or more versus the Toyota Highlander and Honda Pilot. The 2011 Hyundai Veracruz is expected to maintain resale value just shy of the GMC Acadia, but fall well below the values of the Toyota Highlander and Honda Pilot.
Hyundai Veracruz Consumer Reviews
June 12, 2016
I LOVE MY VERACRUZ!
When out and run into someone that owns a Veracruz they always ask me if I love mine and what year is mine. They too are very happy with...
May 23, 2016
No issues with this car
This has been one of the better SUV's I have owned and very limited shop time other than maintaining it. not very good gas mileage and...
April 08, 2016
I have owned this vehicle for two years now and have had absolutely no problems with it. It is easy to drive and maneuver and can...
August 11, 2015
Great performing minivan alternative.
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....
May 01, 2015
excellent vehicle with minor flaws
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...
July 23, 2014
This car compares favorably with my old Murano. It carries an immense amount and is very versatile. The 2nd row splits so you can...
July 12, 2014
best suv on road
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...
May 05, 2014
Great family vehicle.
March 15, 2014
great road trip vehicle.
We live in nyc. We take roadtrips every summer to see family out west and down south. We are afamily of 4. I installed a tow hitch on it...
February 17, 2014
For the money, it is the best SUV on the road. I can't believe Hyundai discontinued them.