2010 Hyundai Veracruz vs. Its Competition

2010 Hyundai Veracruz
Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Senior Editor

Though Hyundai benchmarked the Lexus RX 350 in designing the Veracruz, its real rivals are a little less ambitious.

The Toyota Highlander was redesigned last year, gaining a more fuel-efficient four-cylinder option; compared to the Veracruz, the Highlander has a more spacious interior and drives a bit better, though some might think the Toyota's styling to be more anonymous.

The Ford Edge is another one worth looking at; there's no denying that it breaks from the mold in styling; the Edge is only offered with a V-6 and doesn't get a third-row seat.

The Honda Pilot has truly different styling that's boxy and angular; the strategy translates to a roomy interior and a likable vehicle, if you can get past the garish grille.

Finally, those who want a friskier-feeling vehicle will want to take the Mazda CX-9 for a drive; this three-row vehicle drives like a smaller one, though its cabin doesn't look or feel truly luxurious in a conservative sense.

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Quick Specs
The 2010 Hyundai Veracruz doesn’t stand as a common-sense bargain like some of the brand’s other vehicles, but it’s spacious and comfortable.
The 2009 Honda Pilot looks more SUV-like in its second edition, but it has the room of a minivan, along with some notable styling miscues and expensive choices to make from the options list.
If you don't require a third-row seat, the 2008 Ford Edge is a fashionable, satisfying alternative in the crowded pack of mid-size crossovers.
The 2008 Mazda CX-9 may be the best-driving full-size seven-passenger crossover out there. It is certainly one of the best looking and appointed.
The 2008 Toyota Highlander Hybrid offers the same room and amenities that the nonhybrid Highlander does, only with better fuel economy and the badge of honor that comes with driving something that's trying to be green.
MSRP From    
Gas Mileage    
16 MPG City / 23 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 23 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 22 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy
Gas V6Gas V6Gas V6Gas V6Gas V6
EPA Class    
2WD Sport Utililty2WD Sport Utility Vehicle2WD Sport Utility Vehicle2WD Sport Utility Vehicle2WD Sport Utility Vehicle
Style Name    
FWD 4-Door GLS2WD 4-Door LX4-Door SE FWDFWD 4-Door SportFWD 4-Door Base (Natl)
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity    
Passenger Doors    
Body Style    
4 Door Sport Utility4 Door4 Door SUV4 Door Sport Utility Vehicle4 Door
Automatic w/manual shiftAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic
Detailed Spec Comparison
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