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SAFETY | 8 out of 10
Most large crossover vehicles perform well in federal and insurance-industry crash tests. However, for the 2011 model year, both the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) have changed how they rate crash safety--and that means the Veracruz' scores are new.
The 2011 Veracruz gets a "good" rating for front and side-impact protection from the IIHS. However, the NHTSA hasn't issued scores for it as of yet. We'll update this review when ratings are published.
The Veracruz' standard safety equipment includes dual front, side and curtain airbags; anti-lock brakes, traction and stability control; and front active head restraints. Rear parking sensors are also standard, but the Veracruz has no option for a rearview camera, blind-spot monitors, adaptive cruise control, or some of the other high-tech features that have infiltrated the competition.
The 2011 Hyundai Veracruz is on its way to good safety scores, but it's missing some big safety options.