Hyundai is one of the few companies that have been able to stay profitable in the world financial crisis, which now seems like some kind of clich?. What Hyundai has going for them is the ability to deliver fully loaded vehicles with a low price tag, and one of the best examples is the Hyundai Veracruz SUV Crossover. It is a fully-featured luxury mid-sized sport utility vehicle that is available at the price of your average mid-range vehicle. Although the exterior styling is certainly nothing to get excited over, some prefer the simplicity.
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The 2012 Hyundai Veracruz is powered by a 3.8-liter V-6 engine, paired up with a six-speed automatic transmission that delivers 260 horsepower and 257 pound-feet of torque. It can accelerate zero to 60 mph in 8.3 seconds, which is average for this segment. Gas mileage could be better, but it's certainly not awful at 17 mpg in the city and 22 mpg on the highway. It can tow up to 3,500 pounds and is available as both front and all-wheel drive.
The cabin is spacious and well appointed; the noise levels are kept to highly respectable tones, and it is one of the most benevolent environments in the market. The cabin has pleasant little touches like wood trim and an optional two-tone internal paint scheme. The 2012 Hyundai Vera Cruz SUV Crossover comes with an outstanding warranty, with the drivetrain covered an impressive 10 years or 100,000 miles.
In the past many have complained about the harsh ride offered by Hyundai vehicles and this fact is true to some extent, but the Veracruz definitely turns the tables around. The engineers have fixed this by re-tuning the steering, which helps to address some of that body roll passengers often complained about. This vehicle is stable; however, one can't help but feel as though it loses a bit of composure at higher speeds and sharper turns. Still, the ride is smooth, thanks to the four-wheel independent suspension.
The 2012 Hyundai Veracruz is stocked full of plenty of safety features, including child seat anchors, rear door safety locks, dusk sensing headlamps, stability and traction control, electronic brakeforce distribution, a whiplash protection system in the front head restraints and tire pressure monitoring. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety rated it as "Good" in frontal-offset and side-impact crash tests, which is the best rating a vehicle can earn.