in 2011 Affordable Midsize SUVs

Avg. Price Paid: $15,731 - $20,238
Original MSRP: $28,345 - $36,095
MPG: 17 City / 22 Hwy
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2011 Hyundai Veracruz Interior

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Reviewers highly praise the luxurious feel and look of the 2011 Hyundai Veracruz's cabin, which most find surprisingly nice for the brand. Another major plus is its lack of road noise -- a highlight pointed out by almost every reviewer.

  • "Despite being one of the value leaders in its class, the Hyundai Veracruz offers one of the finest interiors -- whether in base trim or the luxury-lined Limited. The overall design is handsome and the quality of materials is superb. Controls are relatively well marked and easy to use." -- Edmunds
  • "Rivals many premium SUVs for hushed travel. Engine makes a classy growl while accelerating but is nearly silent while cruising." -- Consumer Guide
  • "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, that's par for the course in the midsize SUV class. Still, more comfortable third rows do exist -- consider the Chevrolet Traverse if third-row comfort is especially important to you. Just know that both have starting prices at least $1,000 higher than the Veracruz.

  • "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
  • "The [front] seats could use slightly more lateral support but remain comfortable on long trips." -- Consumer Guide

Interior Features

One of the Veracruz's strengths is that it's very well equipped. Reviewers especially like the available conversation mirror, a convex rearview mirror that provides a glimpse of the entire cabin behind the driver.  It’s a handy feature for families with young children. Another kid-friendly feature is the Rear Seat Entertainment Package, which is available on Limited models.

  • "Standard features are plentiful, with even the base model equipped with niceties like rear parking sensors, heated seats, satellite radio and an iPod interface. Desirable upgrades like a power tailgate, navigation, leather upholstery and a rear-seat entertainment system are more inexpensive on the Veracruz than they are on competing models." -- Edmunds
  • "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
  • "Easy-to-read gauges and large, handy controls have classy blue backlighting at night." -- Consumer Guide


Reviewers are disappointed with cargo space on the 2011 Hyundai Veracruz with all three rows of seats in place. Cargo volume with all seats in use measures 13.4 cubic feet, which expands to 40 and 86.8 cubic feet when the second and third rows are folded down. By contrast, the Honda Pilot provides more space (18 cubic feet) with all seats in use.

  • "If you were taking a family trip with several kids, you would probably have to buy a roof rack for your luggage." -- BusinessWeek
  • "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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