The big seven-seat Veracruz aims for Lexus quality, but more directly competes with a group of crossovers from more everyday brands.
The 2012 Mazda CX-9 is one of our favorites of those, its softly rounded profile backed up by good steering, excellent three-row seating and good crash-test scores.
The 2012 Chevrolet Traverse runs second, with styling that's a bit more anonymous, and a features package missing some of the latest infotainment options.
The Toyota Highlander has some interesting flexibility features, but its handling is wallowy and its styling forgettable.
The Honda Pilot has been a favorite in the class in the past, but the current version apes too many SUV styling cues, which cuts down on visibility and third-row shoulder room, and its interior is finished in dreary, grainy plastic.
|2012 Hyundai VeracruzBrowse Used Listings||2012 Chevrolet TraverseBrowse Used Listings||2012 Honda PilotBrowse Used Listings||2012 Mazda CX-9Browse Used Listings||2012 Toyota HighlanderBrowse Used Listings|
|16 MPG City / 22 MPG Hwy||16 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy||17 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy||16 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy||17 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy|
|Gas V6||Gas V6||Gas V6||Gas V6||Gas I4|
|2WD Sport Utililty||2WD Sport Utility Vehicle||2WD Sport Utility Vehicle||2WD Sport Utility Vehicle||Sport Utility Vehicle|
|FWD 4-Door GLS||FWD 4-Door LS||2WD 4-Door LX||FWD 4-Door Sport||FWD 4-Door I4 (Natl)|
|Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive|
|4 Door Sport Utility||4 Door||4 Door Sport Utility||4 Door Sport Utility Vehicle||4 Door|
|Automatic w/manual shift||Automatic||Automatic w/OD||Automatic||Automatic|