2012 Hyundai Veracruz vs. Its Competition

2012 Hyundai Veracruz
Martin Padgett Martin Padgett Editorial Director

The big seven-seat Veracruz aims for Lexus quality, but more directly competes with a group of crossovers from more everyday brands.

The 2012 Mazda CX-9 is one of our favorites of those, its softly rounded profile backed up by good steering, excellent three-row seating and good crash-test scores.

The 2012 Chevrolet Traverse runs second, with styling that's a bit more anonymous, and a features package missing some of the latest infotainment options.

The Toyota Highlander has some interesting flexibility features, but its handling is wallowy and its styling forgettable.

The Honda Pilot has been a favorite in the class in the past, but the current version apes too many SUV styling cues, which cuts down on visibility and third-row shoulder room, and its interior is finished in dreary, grainy plastic.

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Quick Specs
Comfortable and spacious, the 2012 Hyundai Veracruz lags in fuel economy, ultimate interior space and to some degree, techno features.
One of the best big crossovers for families needing seven-passenger capability, the 2012 Chevy Traverse is spacious and safe, though unexciting.
Don't let the macho-boxy look intimidate you; the Honda Pilot makes a lot of sense for large families—especially with improved mileage and a most tasteful front-end design for 2012.
The 2012 Mazda CX-9 is a little more enjoyable to drive than most crossovers its size, while it manages three rows of seating, a plush cabin, and decent comfort.
The 2012 Toyota Highlander and Highlander Hybrid to roomy, three-row family crossover wagons what the Camry is to mid-size sedans: comfortable, safe, and full-featured—but more than a little bland.
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Gas Mileage    
16 MPG City / 22 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 25 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 I4 (GS)
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/manual shiftAutomaticAutomatic w/ODAutomaticAutomatic
Detailed Spec Comparison
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