- 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
Hyundai’s most expensive model may not quite be a Lexus, but it’s impressive in its own right.
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.