2011 Hyundai Veracruz vs. Its Competition

2011 Hyundai Veracruz FWD 4-door GLS Angular Front Exterior View
Martin Padgett Martin Padgett Editorial Director

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 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.

2011 Hyundai Veracruz FWD 4-door GLS Angular Front Exterior View2011 Hyundai Veracruz
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2011 Chevrolet Traverse FWD 4-door LS Angular Front Exterior View2011 Chevrolet Traverse
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2011 Honda Pilot 4WD 4-door Touring w/RES & Navi Angular Front Exterior View2011 Honda Pilot
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2011 Toyota Highlander Hybrid2011 Toyota Highlander
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Quick Specs
The 2011 Hyundai Veracruz is spacious and comfortable, though not as sporty or stylistically evolved as the newest competition.
The 2011 Chevrolet Traverse isn’t fun to drive, but it’s one of the best large crossover wagons for transporting the family comfortably and safely.
If you can get past the garish grille and overwrought look, the 2011 Honda Pilot is a fine family vehicle, with minivan-like interior space and decent performance.
The 2011 Mazda CX-9 can carry seven in comfort, but it loves curves more than almost any other roomy crossover.
The very family-friendly Toyota Highlander and Highlander Hybrid impress us with their space and versatility, but show no sign of enthusiasm.
MSRP From    
Gas Mileage    
16 MPG City / 22 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 23 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy
Gas V6Gas V6Gas V6Gas V6Gas I4
EPA Class    
2WD Sport Utililty2WD Sport Utility Vehicle2WD Sport Utility Vehicle2WD Sport Utility VehicleSport Utility Vehicle
Style Name    
FWD 4-Door GLSFWD 4-Door LS2WD 4-Door LXFWD 4-Door SportFWD 4-Door L4 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 Sport Utility4 Door Sport Utility Vehicle4 Door
Automatic w/ODAutomaticAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic
Detailed Spec Comparison
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