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FWD 4-Door GLS
Gas Mileage N/A
Engine Gas V6, 3.8L
EPA Class 2WD Sport Utililty
Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity 7
Passenger Doors 4
Body Style Sport Utility
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Let me start out with a moment of complete candor. There was a time, not all that long ago, when I’d avoid any assignment involving products bearing the Hyundai badge. And among automotive journalists, I wasn’t alone. The best you could say, if you were searching for compliments, was that the brand’s products were “cheap and cheerful.” When friends asked, I’d often recommend they look at a certified used car, instead.


That began to change when the first-generation Hyundai Santa Fe showed up in my driveway. Reluctantly, I took it for a drive, and after a couple hours behind the wheel, I walked away with a big smile on my face. Later in the day, when a colleague asked what I thought, I replied, “Pretty good product.” What I notably didn’t need was the modifier, “for a Hyundai.”


Recently, a second generation of that game-changing crossover came to market, and it shows the continuing, rapid evolution of the Hyundai brand – a transformation underscored by the steady move to larger, more lavish and expensive products, including the Korean carmaker’s newest crossover, the Veracruz . This time, offered a chance to take a spin, I hesitated not a moment.


Picking up on the Southwest naming strategy Hyundai has adopted for its truck-like offerings, the Veracruz is the latest entry in a rapidly growing market niche: affordable, three-row crossovers. Of course, the concept of what’s affordable is a matter of individual perception, and those who still remember the original Hyundai Pony or Excel, or even current, entry-level offerings, like the Accent or Elantra, might be in for a bit of sticker shock.


The most stripped-down version of the Veracruz comes in near $27,000 – around $1,000 more than a base, two-row Ford Edge – while a fully-loaded Limited model will nudge $38,000. That’s lofty territory, even for a more established brand with a reputation less dependent on price.

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