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Reviewed by Marty Padgett
Editorial Director, The Car Connection
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“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.”

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“you’ll be hard pressed to easily distinguish this Hyundai from the Lexus.”

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The curved roofline limits the Veracruz’s rear head room a bit”

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“The Veracruz's center stack is a model of logic.”Reviewers couldn’t resist the Veracruz’s visual appeal, which has been compared to that of the much pricier Lexus RX 350. Hyundai reportedly benchmarked the Lexus RX 350 when designing and engineering the Veracruz, even though it’s priced against more affordable models such as the Honda Pilot and Toyota Highlander. It shows in the Veracruz’s styling, as it has the same more streamlined shape along with similar design details.

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Pricing and Specifications by Style
$27,045 $35,895
FWD 4-Door GLS
Gas Mileage 16 mpg City/23 mpg Hwy
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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The Basics:

TheCarConnection.com’s car experts read all the competitive reviews on the new Hyundai Veracruz crossover to produce this conclusive review, and to give enthusiastic approval of the new Veracruz. TheCarConnection.com also drove the car to be able to give you an expert opinion on the car, and to help you figure out the truth where other car reviews might differ.

The seven-passenger Veracruz was introduced last year as an all-new crossover utility vehicle that comes with a 260-horsepower, 3.8-liter V-6 engine and six-speed automatic transmission, with a choice of front- or all-wheel drive.

The Veracruz offers a driving experience that’s in the middle of the pack, with respect to the especially crowded pack of mid-size crossover competitors, but what makes it noteworthy is its flair; it borrows styling, design attributes, and features from luxury-brand crossovers in a class above while keeping prices more affordable. The more curvaceous design sacrifices interior space only slightly, Hyundai’s impressive quality is a strong point, and it’s among the safest vehicles in its class.


  • Standard third-row seating
  • Upscale interior styling and appointments
  • Choice of front- or all-wheel drive
  • Comforts and conveniences aplenty


  • Tight space in and behind the third row
  • Lack of an available backup camera
  • Not so sporty to drive
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