2009 Hyundai Veracruz Review
The Veracruz is a surprisingly luxurious family-friendly ride. However, despite its good value, it can't match the sportier handling of some competitors. For sportier options, consider the Mazda CX-7 and Nissan Murano.
USA Today says the Veracruz is "worthy of a shopper's -- even a luxury shopper's -- short list." The seven-passenger SUV may be one of Hyundai's highest-priced models ever, but most still see it as very affordable. Most of the price advantage is due to the fact that the new crossover is better-equipped than its competition. For 2009, the Veracruz is unchanged except for a discontinuation of the mid-level SE trim. That trim's extra features are now part of an option package for the base model.
The Veracruz is now available in just two trims -- the base GLS and Limited -- in either front- or all-wheel drive.
- "The largest Hyundai on the market, the 2009 Veracruz crossover strives for, and generally achieves, the luxury comfort and smooth ride of more upscale brands like the Mercedes-Benz ML and Lexus RX-350. What distinguishes the Veracruz from these, besides being the largest crossover in its class, is its solid five-star safety profile and a much more affordable pricetag." -- Car Gurus
- "Equip the Veracruz properly, and it has the mojo to compete with the higher-priced vehicle. It doesn't yet match the Lexus's overall levels of polish, but it's darn close, which makes it very nice indeed, measured against most other offerings." -- Motor Trend
- "The Veracruz fails to close the luxury gap in the crossover market in the same way the 2006 Azera did in the sedan sector. That car feels luxurious at a modest price. The Veracruz is just a photocopy of a photocopy." -- Detroit News
- "If you want a loaded-up, smooth-riding midsize family SUV, it's hard to find one at a better price than the Veracruz." -- Business Week
- "Veracruz shines for its refined powertrain, hushed cabin, and upscale interior decor. It trails similarly sized rivals for handling response and fuel economy. Our nod goes to the competitively priced GLS. Limited versions can approach $40,000--more than some shoppers may be willing to pay for a Hyundai, at least for now." -- Consumer Guide