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2012 Hyundai Veracruz Comfort & Quality

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Third-row seats are a funny thing: they're hardly used as much as you think, and are mostly designed for kids, but buyers want them to be capable of toting adults on occasion. That's where crossovers like the Veracruz lag behind very big vehicles like the Ford Flex and Buick Enclave.

The Veracruz has great passenger space in the front row. Head and leg room are good, though the seats don't have enough bolstering for our tastes. The front seats don't swallow up all the second-row leg room when they're moved back on their tracks, though, which makes the middle seats almost as good, in terms of passenger space. Entry and exit is easy, too.

The 2012 Hyundai Veracruz loses valuable third-row and cargo space to a sloping roofline.

It's the third row where the Veracruz doesn't quite measure up. The curvy roofline slopes down in such a way that head room suffers. The rearmost bench seat just isn't an option for many adults; kids will be just fine back there, but leg room isn't that plentiful, and entry and exit could be difficult.

The biggest sacrifice to style is in cargo space. The Veracruz has just 13.4 cubic feet of space behind the third-row seat. With the second and third rows folded nearly flat, it can hold up to 86.8 cubic feet of stuff, which makes it almost as spacious as a Ford Flex or Honda Pilot.

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