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7.9

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 7.8
Performance: 7.4
Interior: 8.3
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.1
Safety: 9.7
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2011 Hyundai Veracruz Review

If you need an SUV that’s long on value and has seats for seven, the Hyundai Veracruz may be just what you’re looking for. However, other 2011 midsize SUVs offer better performance.

Pros & Cons

  • Packed with standard features
  • Upscale interior
  • Strong safety scores
  • Not particularly powerful or fun to drive
  • Less cargo space than rivals
  • Cramped third row

2011 Hyundai Veracruz Overview

When it was new, reviewers said that the 2011 Hyundai Veracruz was fairly expensive for a Hyundai, but packed a ton of quality and value into a package that’s cheaper than competing SUVs like the 2011 Ford Explorer, 2011 Dodge Durango and 2011 Toyota Highlander. The Veracruz has an upscale, quiet interior, a long list of standard features and high-tech options that some test drivers compared with luxury SUVs. However, the Veracruz isn’t particularly sporty or fun to drive, and test drivers noted that its third-row seat is especially cramped.

The Hyundai Veracruz has a V6 engine and either front- or all-wheel drive, and is available in two trims. The base GLS trim comes standard with a leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio and cruise controls and a six-speaker stereo with satellite radio and USB and auxiliary audio input jacks. Top-of-the-line Limited models comes standard with a power tailgate, sunroof, dual-zone automatic climate control, heated front leather-trimmed seats, and an eight-speaker Infinity stereo with a six-disc CD changer. The Veracruz also gets good safety scores.

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Other Cars to Consider

The Hyundai Veracruz is a bit small for a midsize SUV, so if you need more space, consider the 2011 Chevrolet Traverse. The Traverse can hold the most cargo of almost any 2011 midsize SUV on the market, and it has one of the roomiest third rows available. It doesn’t come with as many standard features as the Veracruz, but the Traverse gets similarly good safety scores.

For a midsize SUV that’s more fun to drive, consider the 2011 Mazda CX-9. Reviewers loved how it handles, and said that the CX-9’s interior is especially upscale. The CX-9 also can’t match the Veracruz’s safety ratings, but if you’re looking for an SUV that’s fun to drive, the CX-9 is a great choice.

Compare the Veracruz to the Traverse and CX-9 »

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