The 2012 Hyundai Veracruz is the company’s foray into the mid-sized SUV market. Hyundai began with smaller cars, but has recently branched into larger vehicles, and the Veracruz promises to be one of the best of the company’s larger vehicle offerings. Reviewers like the price tag of the Hyundai Veracruz, which starts at $28,345. However, reviewers also note that if you can afford more for a seven-passenger vehicle, other models have much more to offer in the way of options and standard features.

What models of the Hyundai Veracruz are available?

The 2012 Hyundai Veracruz is offered in two trim levels: the GLS and the Limited. Both levels offer standard front-wheel drive with optional four-wheel drive. Although the performance of the Hyundai Veracruz is somewhat sluggish, it has a very quiet ride when compared to other mid-sized SUVs. The engine is a 3.8-liter 260 horsepower V-6 with a six-speed automatic transmission. The fuel efficiency is average to low for a mid-sized SUV: 17 miles per gallon in the city and 22 on the highway. All-wheel drive models average only 16 miles per gallon in the city and 21 on the highway.

For the price, the interior of the 2012 Hyundai Veracruz has been praised as “luxurious,” although still lacking some of the features of more expensive mid-sized SUVs. Seating is available for seven, although the third row is particularly cramped for adults or large children. A six-speaker stereo system is standard, along with controls on the leather-wrapped steering wheel and auxiliary audio input jacks. One great optional feature is the “conversation mirror,” available on both trim levels. This convex mirror provides an instant view of the entire back cabin of the vehicle, perfect for moms who need to check on kids or drivers who want to talk to backseat passengers safely.

How much cargo space does the Hyundai Veracruz have?

Cargo space is 13.4 cubic feet with all seats in place, 40 cubic feet with the third seat stowed, and 86.8 cubic feet with second row seating also folded. The space behind the third-row seating is somewhat small by mid-sized SUV standards, although the overall cargo space is average.

Hyundai Veracruz Safety Ratings

The 2012 Hyundai Veracruz received four out of five stars in federal rollover crash testing, and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety rated it “Good” in front and side impact tests. Overall, this adds up to very high safety scores for the model as a whole. The Hyundai Veracruz includes traction control, anti-lock brakes, brake assist, active front headrests, six airbags and electronic brake distribution. However, the safety options are limited, and no rear or side cameras or assists are available on either model.

One area in which Hyundai shines is the warranty!

Hyundai’s famous ten-year, 100,000-mile powertrain warranty is supplemented by a five-year, 60,000-mile basic warranty and five years of free roadside assistance. The only other company that offers anything comparable is Kia; most other companies making SUVs offer much shorter or more limited warranty periods. The 2011 Hyundai Veracruz scored 6.0 out of ten in the J. D. Power and Associates predicted reliability survey based on the past three years of data. The 2008 Veracruz pulled the reliability scores down considerably, with three or less stars out of five in most categories measured by the reliability scale. However, the 2009 and 2010 models’ changes improved reliability scores significantly; all categories scored at least three stars out of five and some scored four out of five stars.

How much is car insurance for the Hyundai Veracruz?

Car insurance rates for the 2012 Hyundai Veracruz average $1,271 for the GLS two-wheel drive and $1,335 for the GLS all-wheel drive. The Limited trim level averages $1,303. Insurance for the Hyundai models is average when compared with most other mid-sized SUV models: the 2012 Nissan Murano averages $1,344 per year; the 2012 Ford Edge averages $1,213; the 2012 Kia Sorento averages $1,186 per year; and the Mazda CX-9 averages $1,368 per year.

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