Infotainment is where the action is, when it comes to standard and optional features. It's a tussle the Hyundai Veracruz is mostly steering clear of, now that it's in its last year or two on sale.
In basic trim, the Veracruz is actually pretty well equipped. A Veracruz GLS comes with standard features like dual-zone climate control; a tilt/telescoping steering wheel; a power driver seat; keyless entry; power windows, locks and mirrors; an AM/FM/CD/XM stereo; a rear washer/wiper; and a third-row seat, which used to be an option. To this model, buyers can add on a Premium trim package that bundles in a power tailgate; a sunroof; auto-dimming rearview mirror; and a universal garage door remote.
For those wanting more luxury in their family crossover, there's the Veracruz Limited. It has all the features of the GLS, plus leather upholstery; automatic climate control; a power front passenger seat; a CD changer and a USB port; 18-inch wheels; power tilt/telescoping steering; a 115-volt power outlet; and a conversation mirror, which tips down so drivers can see just what's going on back there, in the second and third rows.
Hyundai sells a navigation system on the Veracruz Limited. The optional LG system takes the place of the CD changer and USB port, not a happy tradeoff for some buyers. A Bluetooth connection is a port-installed option, which means it doesn't have the neat integration with audio systems that a factory system would have--so test it out to see if it meets your needs.
New this year is an Alpine audio system with satellite and HD radio, streaming radio via Pandora and Bluetooth, a rearview camera, DVD playback and touchscreen navigation--but it's only available on the Limited model. Off the menu entirely are features like in-car Wifi and telematics, which are found on vehicles like the Ford Flex and Explorer, and Dodge Durango.