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The 2009 Hyundai Veracruz is an impressive SUV for the price, but it’s no Lexus. Read more »
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“It has a longer, more elegantly sculpted body than the RX350.”

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

MyRide.com »

“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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Pricing and Specifications by Style
$27,145 $35,995
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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7.6 out of 10
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The Basics:

TheCarConnection.com has driven the Hyundai Veracruz in order to give you an expert opinion, presented here alongside highlights from available road tests on the Veracruz.

The 2009 Hyundai Veracruz looks a lot like a Lexus RX 350, and that's the intent. With the Veracruz, Hyundai aims to take on luxury crossovers, though with a much lower price.

The exterior style of the Hyundai Veracruz is sleek and flowing, rather than rugged, from a distance; up close Hyundai has taken its own direction with the details, with upscale interior styling and attractive, soft-touch surfaces.

A 260-horsepower, 3.8-liter V-6 engine moves the 2009 Hyundai Veracruz. It's hooked up to a six-speed automatic transmission and delivers power via front- or all-wheel drive. The powertrain provides adequate performance, though the transmission isn't as decisive or quick to downshift as most others in rival vehicles.

The seven-passenger Hyundai Veracruz has three rows of seating to accommodate up to seven, but the third row is quite cramped. Whether with cloth or leather upholstery, the interior is pleasant but not quite luxury-caliber, though functionally the Veracruz is every bit as useful and comfortable, with plenty of headroom and legroom for the first and second rows and family-friendly cubbies throughout.

The 2009 Hyundai Veracruz sacrifices some interior space, but Hyundai’s crossover is a quality-built vehicle and one of the safest in its class. With styling borrowed from more expensive luxury crossovers, the affordable Veracruz impresses with its list of features and design attributes; its driving experience, however, ranks squarely as average among its many mid-size competitors.

Handy features available in the Veracruz include a cooler box, an AC power outlet, and a powerful 605-watt premium sound system. For 2009 Hyundai simplified the Veracruz’s trim level packages by eliminating the SE model and narrowing the choice to the GLS and the Limited, with the GLS Preferred Package incorporating the most popular SE features.


  • Numerous conveniences and creature comforts
  • Available in either front- or all-wheel drive
  • Affluent interior appointments and styling
  • Standard third-row seating


  • Uninspiring driving performance
  • No optional backup camera
  • Limited storage behind third-row seating
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