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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 Performance

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Reviewers say the Hyundai Veracruz's stable and predictable performance is adequate, although many point out that it's not very fun to drive. Still, the majority of reviewers note the Veracruz's quiet ride.

  • "Overall, the Veracruz drives adequately but does little to leave any lasting impressions." -- Edmunds
  • "[T]he most notable characteristics of the driveline are quietness and lack of vibration. Helping with the former is carpet that has four layers of padding, whereas the latter is handled in part by semi-active mounts that actually harness engine vacuum to help offset vibration." -- Road and Track
  • "Comfortable and car-like ride over most road surfaces, but there are a few unwanted body motions over washboard and cracked pavement. There is little difference in ride quality between a GLS with its 17-inch tires and the Limited with 18s." -- Consumer Guide
  • "While the Veracruz offers a number of options and accessories and excellent safety features, its Achilles' heel is performance. ... Driving the Veracruz every day on Interstate 75 felt more like piloting a skiff on the Detroit River." -- Detroit News

Acceleration and Power

Test drivers say the Veracruz has adequate power, though they say it can feel sluggish in some instances due to its hefty curb weight and a transmission that's slow to react. The Veracruz comes with a 3.8-liter V6 that it shares with the Azera sedan. The engine makes 260 horsepower and 257 pound-feet of torque and is paired with a six-speed automatic transmission that features a manual shift mode.

According to the EPA, the front-wheel drive Veracruz achieves 17/22 mpg city/highway, while all-wheel drive model achieves 16/21. These numbers are fairly typical for the class, though the seven-seat Toyota Highlander offers a four-cylinder powerplant that gets significantly better fuel economy.

  • "Power from the V6 engine is suitable for most situations and the six-speed auto shifts smoothly, though it can occasionally be hesitant to downshift." -- Edmunds
  • "A bit slow from a stop, but Veracruz has acceptable power once underway. The transmission is occasionally slow to downshift for passing and merging, but its manual shift gate helps." -- Consumer Guide
  • "Veracruz does not accelerate from a standstill as quickly as we would have expected, given the engine's horsepower rating." -- MSN
  • "Kudos to the Hyundai's six-speed automatic transmission. It has one more gear than does the Lexus's, shifts smoother without being mushy, and responds quickly to downshift demands." -- Motor Trend

Handling and Braking

As an around-town cruiser, reviewers say the Veracruz is quite comfortable, but some reviewers complain about numb steering and sloppy handling.

  • "Dynamically, the Veracruz is pretty forgettable, with little in the way of steering feedback and the kind of body control that discourages aggressive direction changes. Ride quality is decent enough, but the suspension clunks loudly over bumps and potholes." -- Automobile Magazine
  • "Veracruz's suspension tuning favors ride quality over sharp handling response. Body lean is apparent even during moderate cornering, and the steering lacks road feel. Still, Veracruz never feels unstable, even on slick roads. Brakes have adequate stopping control and pedal feel." -- Consumer Guide
  • "The steering feels squishy, and I sensed a fair amount of body roll going around curves." -- BusinessWeek
  • "Although the Veracruz answers the wheel with more liveliness than the Lexus [RX 350] can manage, a little weightier steering effort and more road feel would be welcome, even at the expense of some harshness." -- Edmunds

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