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2012 Hyundai Veracruz Review

In its final year of production, the 2012 Hyundai Veracruz was praised by test drivers for its high-end interior, but criticized for its underpowered engine, small third-row seat and dull handling.

Pros & Cons

  • Upscale cabin materials
  • Slow from a stop
  • Dull handling

Rankings & Research

The 2012 Hyundai Veracruz's #16 ranking is based on its score within the 2012 Affordable Midsize SUVs category. Currently the Hyundai Veracruz has a score of 7.7 out of 10, which is based on our evaluation of 59 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.




Critics' Rating: 7.9
Performance: 7.3
Interior: 8.0
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.1
Safety: 9.7
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2012 Hyundai Veracruz Overview

The 2012 Hyundai Veracruz is powered by a V6 engine, and some auto journalists said it delivers adequate power, while others wrote that the Veracruz is sluggish off the line. They added that its six-speed automatic transmission shifts smoothly, but is reluctant to kick down a gear for accelerating up hills or passing on the highway. Front-wheel drive is standard and all-wheel drive is available. The Veracruz gets up to an EPA-estimated 17/22 mpg city/highway, which is on par for the class. Test drivers said that the Veracruz has a compliant highway ride, but a few mentioned that it can lose its composure over rougher roads and that there is some body roll through turns.

Reviewers agreed that the 2012 Veracruz has a well-built interior that’s attractive and quiet. The front- and middle-row seats were praised for their comfort and spaciousness by some critics, while others reported that taller drivers may need more legroom. Most auto writers agreed that the third row is somewhat cramped, especially in comparison with SUVs like the 2012 Chevrolet Traverse and Ford Flex. The 2012 Veracruz comes standard with rear parking sensors and a six-speaker stereo with a USB port. An eight- or 10-speaker Infinity stereo system is available, as is navigation, Bluetooth and a rearview camera. The Veracruz offers up to 86.8 cubic feet of cargo space, which is comparable to what many other SUVs in the class offer, though rivals like the GMC Acadia have significantly more space.

Other SUVs to Consider

When it was new, test drivers said the 2012 Buick Enclave has one of the most opulent interiors in the segment, with premium materials and a spacious third row. The Enclave has more cargo space than the Veracruz, and test drivers were pleased with its comfortable ride and composed handling.

With nimble handling and responsive, precise steering, the 2012 Mazda CX-9 was billed as one of the sportier midsize SUVs. The CX-9 also offers a spacious cargo hold, and reviewers were pleased with its stylish interior.

Compare the Veracruz, Enclave and CX-9 »

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