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STYLING | 8 out of 10
“It has a longer, more elegantly sculpted body than the RX350.”
The curved roofline limits the Veracruz’s rear head room a bit”
“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.”
Kelley Blue Book
On the outside, the 2010 Hyundai Veracruz fits in with the pack of mid-size crossover vehicles, but it's no longer particularly noteworthy, style-wise. While it was surprisingly attention-getting from new, it now looks quite anonymous, albeit sleek and flowing. The exterior style of the Hyundai Veracruz is sleek and flowing, rather than rugged, from a distance
Hyundai hasn't hesitated to say that the Lexus RX 350 was benchmarked for style and refinement, so it begs the comparisons. The Washington Post actually considers the Hyundai more attractive than the previous-generation RX 350 (the RX has been redesigned for 2010). “It has a longer, more elegantly sculpted body than the RX350. Inside and out, it simply looks better,” beams the reviewer.
But not all remarks about the Veracruz exterior are favorable. “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,” says Kelley Blue Book. Still looking at its exterior, KBB adds, “Side mirrors with integrated turn indicators and puddle lights are a nice touch.”
Up close Hyundai has taken its own direction with the details, with upscale interior styling and attractive, soft-touch surfaces.
Truck Trend appreciates the stylish looks and logical function of the Veracruz instrument panel, saying, “Each portion of it is dedicated to its respective function: HVAC, audio, etc. The knobs and buttons are easy to understand and do what you want them to in an intuitive way.” Popular Mechanics likes the overhead mood lighting and illuminated doorsill plates. MyRide.com applauds the interior design as inviting and warm, but does see plenty of Lexus influence. However they note that the shiny, flat dash top attracts glare in bright sunlight.
The 2010 Hyundai Veracruz might hint at more expensive vehicles, though up close the Veracruz is pleasant in its own right.