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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|2010 Hyundai VeracruzBrowse Used Listings||2009 Honda PilotBrowse Used Listings||2008 Ford EdgeBrowse Used Listings||2008 Mazda CX-9Browse Used Listings||2008 Toyota HighlanderBrowse Used Listings|
|16 MPG City / 23 MPG Hwy||16 MPG City / 23 MPG Hwy||15 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy||15 MPG City / 22 MPG Hwy||17 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy|
|Gas V6||Gas V6||Gas V6||Gas V6||Gas V6|
|2WD Sport Utililty||2WD Sport Utility Vehicle||2WD Sport Utility Vehicle||2WD Sport Utility Vehicle||2WD Sport Utility Vehicle|
|FWD 4-Door GLS||2WD 4-Door LX||4-Door SE FWD||FWD 4-Door Sport||FWD 4-Door Base (SE)|
|Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive|
|4 Door Sport Utility||4 Door||4 Door SUV||4 Door Sport Utility Vehicle||4 Door|
|Automatic w/manual shift||Automatic w/OD||Automatic w/OD||Automatic w/OD||Automatic|