in 2012 Affordable Midsize SUVs

Avg. Price Paid: $17,703 - $22,778
Original MSRP: $28,345 - $36,195
MPG: 17 City / 22 Hwy
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2012 Hyundai Veracruz Performance

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The 2012 Hyundai Veracruz's stable and predictable performance pleases reviewers, although many point out that it's not very fun to drive, and may feel a bit slow. Plus, a few note that its transmission isn’t as responsive as they’d like. Still, what really impresses the majority of reviewers is the Veracruz's quiet ride.

  • "Our time in the Veracruz included everything from short commutes to interstate road trips, and it never failed to impress us as effortless and comfortable.” -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "This SUV is comfortable and has a car-like ride over most road surfaces, but there are a few unwanted body motions over washboard and cracked pavement.” -- Consumer Guide
  • "Though it’s quiet, smooth, and devoid of nasty surprises, its relaxed spring rates, soft damping, and modest power conspire to limit agility in situations.” -- Car and Driver

Acceleration and Power

The 2012 Veracruz comes with a 3.8-liter V6 that makes 260 horsepower and 257 pound-feet of torque. It’s paired with a six-speed automatic transmission that features a manual shift mode. All-wheel drive is available on both trim levels. Both front- and all-wheel drive models can tow up to 3,500 pounds. According to the EPA, the FWD Veracruz achieves 17/22 mpg city/highway, while AWD models achieve 16/21 mpg. These numbers are low compared with other three-row SUVs.

Some test drivers find the Veracruz a bit slow from a stop, though they say that most drivers will find its power adequate for most uses. Nearly all note that the transmission doesn’t downshift right away, which may be one reason why the Veracruz feels sluggish.

  • "A bit slow from a stop, 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
  • "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
  • "In merging and passing situations the refined six-speed transmission can be a little reluctant to kick down into a lower gear, but keep squeezing the accelerator pedal and the Veracruz rewards with enough power to get the job done.” -- Kelley Blue Book

Handling and Braking

As an around-town cruiser, reviewers say the Veracruz is fairly comfortable, but some reviewers complain about numb steering and sloppy handling. Testers who mention the brakes say they feel fine.

  • "The … Hyundai Veracruz is a serene boulevard and highway cruiser. Its ride is supple and quiet, though on rough roads the Veracruz isn't quite as smooth as other vehicles in its class. When going around corners, its handling is predictable despite the quick steering being noticeably inert.” -- Edmunds
  • "With its car-like unibody construction and four-wheel independent suspension, the Veracruz combines smooth, stable and exceptionally quiet highway cruising with as much around-town agility as is fair to expect or require from such a vehicle.” -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "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

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