2012 Hyundai Veracruz Review
The 2012 Hyundai Veracruz is a good choice for buyers on a budget who need seven seats, but anyone with a slightly bigger budget will be better served by opting for a more recently updated SUV.
Test drivers say that in most respects, the Hyundai Veracruz is adequate. It has a surprisingly quiet interior, and it comes with plenty of standard features, but it doesn’t have much cargo space when the third row is in use. Its front two rows are fairly comfortable, but the third row is cramped, even for older children. Its interior may not be up to the same level as the Nissan Murano and Ford Edge, but automotive writers say the Hyundai Veracruz offers impressive quality for the price.
Compromises also extend to the Veracruz’s performance. Test drivers say that it has a smooth, composed ride, but nearly all of them take issue with the transmission, saying it responds slow. They add that the Veracruz could use a few more horsepower. Additionally, the Veracruz’s lackluster performance doesn’t translate to good fuel economy. In fact, fuel consumption is just mediocre for an affordable midsize SUV.
Overall, if you’re looking for an SUV that seats seven and offers lots of value for your money, the Hyundai Veracruz is a good choice. However, if you can afford it, reviewers say you’ll likely be better served by comparable SUVs that cost a bit more but offer roomier accommodations, better performance and higher fuel economy ratings.
Other SUVs to Consider
The Kia Sorento is another budget-oriented crossover with lots of standard features. It also costs significantly less than the Veracruz. Its ride might not be quite as refined, and it’s a tad smaller, but shoppers looking for seven seats on a budget should be sure to take a look at the Sorento.
If your budget has some wiggle room, consider the Mazda CX-9. It costs a bit more than the Hyundai Veracruz, but reviewers say it’s one of the best-driving affordable midsize SUVs on the market. Plus, it comes well-equipped with plenty of features, and reviewers say its interior feels more upscale than most in its class. The Mazda CX-9’s warranties don’t last as long as ones from Hyundai or Kia, but most reviewers say this is the best family vehicle for driving enthusiasts on a budget.
Details: Hyundai Veracruz
The 2012 Hyundai Veracruz comes in two trims: GLS and Limited. Both trims are available with all-wheel drive, though they come standard with front-wheel drive. Not many changes have been made for 2012, but the few updates include a new Alpine navigation system that’s available on the Limited trim level, as well as standard heated second-row seats for the Limited trim.
See the full list of 2012 Hyundai Veracruz specifications.
- "Veracruz shines for its refined powertrain, hushed cabin, and upscale interior decor. It trails similarly sized rivals for handling response and fuel economy.” -- Consumer Guide
- "Still, while the … Hyundai Veracruz might not be the best choice for all drivers, it's hard to argue with this crossover's generous warranty, ample standard features list and low price. The Veracruz is a must-see for shoppers on a quest to get the most for less.” -- Edmunds
- “The … Hyundai Veracruz distinguishes itself from three-row competitors, such as the Honda Pilot and Toyota Highlander, with premium-like accommodations, a less rugged shape and feature-based value.” -- Kelley Blue Book