2010 Hyundai Veracruz vs. Its Competition

2010 Hyundai Veracruz
Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Deputy Editor

Though Hyundai benchmarked the Lexus RX 350 in designing the Veracruz, its real rivals are a little less ambitious.

The Toyota Highlander was redesigned last year, gaining a more fuel-efficient four-cylinder option; compared to the Veracruz, the Highlander has a more spacious interior and drives a bit better, though some might think the Toyota’s styling to be more anonymous.

The Ford Edge is another one worth looking at; there’s no denying that it breaks from the mold in styling; the Edge is only offered with a V-6 and doesn’t get a third-row seat.

The Honda Pilot has truly different styling that’s boxy and angular; the strategy translates to a roomy interior and a likable vehicle, if you can get past the garish grille.

Finally, those who want a friskier-feeling vehicle will want to take the Mazda CX-9 for a drive; this three-row vehicle drives like a smaller one, though its cabin doesn’t look or feel truly luxurious in a conservative sense.

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Quick Specs
7.4
The 2010 Hyundai Veracruz doesn’t stand as a common-sense bargain like some of the brand’s other vehicles, but it’s spacious and comfortable.
8.0
The 2009 Honda Pilot looks more SUV-like in its second edition, but it has the room of a minivan, along with some notable styling miscues and expensive choices to make from the options list.
8.2
If you don't require a third-row seat, the 2008 Ford Edge is a fashionable, satisfying alternative in the crowded pack of mid-size crossovers.
8.6
The 2008 Mazda CX-9 may be the best-driving full-size seven-passenger crossover out there. It is certainly one of the best looking and appointed.
7.8
Most Americans prefer mushy white bread, and the 2008 Toyota Highlander is a larger, high-quality "loaf" that will satisfy most every consumer.
MSRP From    
$28,145$27,695$25,735$29,400$27,500
Gas Mileage    
16 MPG City / 23 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 23 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 22 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy
Engine    
Gas V6Gas V6Gas V6Gas V6Gas V6
EPA Class    
2WD Sport Utililty2WD Sport Utility Vehicle2WD Sport Utility Vehicle2WD Sport Utility Vehicle2WD Sport Utility Vehicle
Style Name    
FWD 4-Door GLS2WD 4-Door LX4-Door SE FWDFWD 4-Door SportFWD 4-Door Base (SE)
Drivetrain    
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity    
78577
Passenger Doors    
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style    
4 Door Sport Utility4 Door4 Door SUV4 Door Sport Utility Vehicle4 Door
Transmission    
Automatic w/manual shiftAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic
Detailed Spec Comparison
 2010 Hyundai Veracruz vs. 2009 Honda Pilot2010 Hyundai Veracruz vs. 2008 Ford Edge2010 Hyundai Veracruz vs. 2008 Mazda CX-92010 Hyundai Veracruz vs. 2008 Toyota Highlander