in 2009 Affordable Midsize SUVs

Avg. Price Paid: $12,596 - $17,154
Original MSRP: $27,145 - $35,995
MPG: 16 City / 23 Hwy
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2009 Hyundai Veracruz Interior

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Reviewers highly praise the luxurious feel and look of the 2009 Hyundai Veracruz's cabin, which most find surprisingly good. Another major plus is its lack of road noise -- a highlight pointed out by almost every reviewer.

  • "Its roomy cabin consists of high-quality materials and offers a generally quiet ride, though some drivers mention annoying tire and suspension noise." -- Car Gurus
  • "Rivals many premium SUVs for hushed travel. Engine makes a classy growl while accelerating but is nearly silent while cruising." -- Consumer Guide
  • "When you hop into a higher-end version of this vehicle, you can't believe it's a Hyundai. The saddle-leather upholstery is soft and well-made, the dash and center stack are tastefully designed, and all the instruments are intuitive to use." -- BusinessWeek
  • "All of the Veracruz's interior surfaces equal or exceed the finish of those in the Pilot or Highlander, apart from the cheesy 'brushed aluminum' plastic on the steering-wheel spokes and center console." -- Car and Driver


Reviewers find the Veracruz's three rows of seats comfortable enough, though they find the third row a bit cramped.

  • "Though legroom exceeds that in the Santa Fe, the 31 inches for the third row feels better suited to children." -- Car Gurus
  • "[The third row is] still a sometimes-seat for midsize kids and shouldn't be offered to the in-laws unless you're punishing them." -- Edmunds
  • "Leg space in the third-row seats, as always, is tight, barely 30 inches. But it's far easier to get into the Veracruz's third row than it is in most SUVs." -- BusinessWeek
  • "The front seats are firm and multi-hour comfortable, although the cushions could use more bolstering." -- Car and Driver

Interior Features

One of the Veracruz's strengths is that it's very well equipped. Reviewers especially like the standard conversation mirror, a convex rearview mirror that provides a glimpse of the entire cabin behind the driver -- a handy feature for families with young children.

  • "The Veracruz's center stack is a model of logic. Each portion of it is dedicated to its respective function: HVAC, audio, etc. The knobs and buttons are easy to understand and do what you want them to in an intuitive way." -- Motor Trend
  • "In typical Hyundai fashion, the Veracruz simply offers more for less. The cabin is nicely finished with convincing wood-tone and metallic accents." -- Edmunds


Reviewers are disappointed with cargo space with all three rows of seats in place. Cargo volume behind the third row measures 6.5 cubic feet -- less than the Honda Pilot, Toyota Highlander and Subaru Tribeca, according to Cars.com, which also notes the Pilot has more than double the space.

  • "Cargo room with all seats up is a paltry 6.5 cubic feet, good for groceries but not much else. With both rows down, that expands to 87 cubic feet." -- Car Gurus
  • "If you were taking a family trip with several kids, you would probably have to buy a roof rack for your luggage." -- BusinessWeek
  • "Cargo space doesn't match that of the Pilot, Highlander, and Tribeca when all the seats are in place. Fold the seats down, however, and the Veracruz moves ahead in ultimate cargo capacity." -- New Car Test Drive
  • "Grocery bag room behind 3rd-row seat, but it folds flat in one motion to create a larger cargo hold." -- Consumer Guide

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