The Vera Cruz is a seven passenger crossover that is available in two trim variants; namely the GLS and limited trims. The GLS comes standard with a list of features to include rear parking sensors, 17" alloy wheels, 8-way power driver's seat, tilt and telescopic steering wheel column, heated side mirrors (exclusive to all-wheel drive), cruise control, foglights, vents in the rear seats and climate control, CD player with a 6 speaker sound system, iPod/USB interface, satellite radio and auxiliary jack. If these aren't enough, then the premium package will get you heated front seats, sunroof, windshield de-icer, auto dimming mirrors and heated front seats.
The limited trims appoints the Vers Cruz with a 4-way power passengers seat, 115-volt homestyle power outlet, heated 2nd row seats, 18" wheels, dual zone climate controls that are automatic, 6 CD changer complete with an Infinity sound system, leather upholstery and drivers memory functions, Buyers can choose to upgrade this further with optional features such as infinity navigation system or an alpine navigation system, and Bluetooth. Safety features that come standard with the Vera Cruz are front seat airbags, traction control, active front head restraints, antilock disc brakes, stability control, and side curtain airbags. The 2012 Vera Cruz was rated "Good" in side impact collisions and global offset tests by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. The GLS and limited trims can be availed in a number of exciting colors to include Athens Blue Metallic, Stone White, Sahara Bronze Metallic, Black Noir Pearl Mica, Marine Blue Mica, Shimmering Silver Metallic and Boulder Gray Metallic for the exterior and the interior choices are Gray, Black/Saddle and Beige.
The Hyundai Vera Cruz handled well on pavement and during light-duty off-roading. However, the interior is far from perfect, as the switchgear looks and felt very cheap and chirpy. The spare tire is placed beneath the vehicle that makes it extremely annoying in difficult situations.
The sad thing is that this vehicle is nearing the end of its shelf life. It has to compete with more expensive vehicles that were recently conceived, in terms of their design and amenities. Ford and Dodge both have very commendable products of this nature, and their vehicles have had a lot of public exposure. The Hyundai Vera Cruz SUV Crossover trails these vehicles in style and innovation as well as a dearth of cargo space and rear seat comfort.
Overall, the Hyundai Vera Cruz SUV Crossover is a very acceptable vehicle, but is hindered by its place in the re-design and re-launch hierarchy.