2011 Hyundai Veracruz Review

The new Veracruz crossover medium made his North American debut at the Salon of 2007 North American International Auto (NAIAS). As the Hyundai Azera is altering perceptions about premium sedans, Veracruz pioneer in premium crossovers. Hyundai has once again made luxury and performance attainable in previously unthinkable ways: with standard Electronic Stability Control (ESC), the upscale amenities and more cargo volume than the Veracruz full-size Mercedes-Benz GL unique combines substance with style.

Veracruz takes the Honda Pilot and Toyota Highlander and beats them in terms of powertrain performance and standard safety features while adding sophisticated design, high quality crafts and a room for seven adults.

"Veracruz is an exceptional vehicle at the right time to develop this segment," said Steve Wilhite, chief operating officer of Hyundai Motor America. "The vehicle designers recognized that the needs and desires of traditional SUV buyers are not being met and focused on compliance with those requirements is an elegant and ingenious. The result is a spacious crossover that delivers both refined style and superior performance."

Bold and beautiful

Veracruz continues Hyundai's product expansion and global design evolution through the continued use of fluid and organic forms to create a refined and luxurious exterior appearance.

"We are very proud of Veracruz and feel this design will not only reinforce our design direction as a society, but also greatly enhance our brand image, increasing worldwide," said Joel Piaskowski, Chief Designer Hyundai Design Center in Irvine, Calif. "Fluid lines combined with the headlights and taillights envelop Veracruz to create a unified aesthetic integrity."

Up front, the sculpted bumper creates the appearance of additional height. Three lights complement the design parts. The grille combines a flat bezel lined upper chrome bezel and a curved bottom that houses the Hyundai logo. Distinctive character lines and a velocity profile to improve the elegant and functional. The vehicle's seductive beltline mounted wraparound headlights and follows the narrow greenhouse to include the prominent taillights. Chrome trim is strategically applied to highlight some of its design features while giving Veracruz an elegant, luxurious. The wheel arches house 17 - or 18-inch wheels and tires.

Smooth and solid in its position, the Veracruz even impresses as it departs. The integrated rear fascia has a sculpted section that blends seamlessly into the sides of the taillights. These lights are angled character line highlighting the rounded rear window. Dual chrome exhaust tips, a Hyundai design trademark, allow Veracruz 3.8L V6 engine to breathe freely. A rear spoiler enhances the sporty.


Inside, passengers are pampered rich, sophisticated environment inspired by boutique hotels. The result is a design that could be found in the finest luxury sedans thanks to Hyundai intelligent design ergonomic, intuitive design and excellent workmanship. Hyundai has combined space with style, in the comfort that exceed expectations. For example, although the Veracruz is 9.7 inches shorter than the Mercedes-Benz GL, it has more cargo volume.

Every major part of the Veracruz was designed to reduce cabin noise below a quiet Lexus RX350. To isolate outside noise, Hyundai applies acoustic damping panels for doors and unibody, a steel plate under the engine and four layers of carpet padding. The engine noise is reduced by electronic engine mounts, a multi-curvature dash, custom hood insulation and a pillow tripod joint which reduces shaft vibration to a minimum.

Space for seven adults is made possible thanks to the standard Hyundai Hideaway � third-row seats. Accessing the third row is a short walk with the flip of a lever to slide the second row forward. Available dual-zone climate control for driver and front passenger luxury Veracruz strengthen references. Second and third row passengers will enjoy a new level of comfort, thanks to B pillar-mounted adjustable valves, rear HVAC controls and roof vents.

Brushed metal accents and blue backlighting for all interior indicators, switches and buttons highlight the modern, integrated interior design. Even the front cup holders are surrounded by blue light at night for driving support, while a soft blue spotlight overhead console provides subdued task lighting. Hyundai focused attention to detail is displayed throughout the interior - console bins and the glovebox are lined with soft flocking material. Powerpoint caps, seatbelt buckles and cupholder inserts are color harmony of design. Soft, high quality materials, surfaces with low-and zero-tolerance net-Suitable for use throughout the interior.

AM/FM/XM/CD/MP3 audio system that includes an internal amplifier and six speakers standard on GLS and SE. The 315-watt Infinity � audio system with subwoofer and external amplifier AM/FM/XM/CD-changer/MP3 is standard on. Limited trim and optional in the SE Audiophiles with even more demanding tastes will be impressed by the Infinity AM / FM / XM / CD changer audio system that includes a 605-watt external amplifier, 10 speakers and Logic 7 � audio envelope available on SE and Limited.

Other thoughtful convenience features include a proximity key, wipers, auto dimming exterior mirrors, mirror-mounted approach lights, adjustable pedals, memory settings for mirrors, power driver's seat and steering wheel, warning system backup , power liftgate and a rear entertainment system that includes a DVD player and projection screen of eight inches.

Inner strength

On the streets, the new Veracruz thrilling performance courtesy of the same 3.8-liter DOHC V6 engine that powers Azerbaijan. It produces about 260 horsepower and 257 lb-ft. of torque. If you want to maximize the diffusion of power, the engine uses continuously variable valve timing (CVVT) has intake valves and variable geometry intake system that helps cylinders breathe efficiently at both low and high speeds. The engine uses aluminum block and cylinder heads are light weight and thermal efficiency, and has distribution chains, with no maintenance.

To reduce vibration, the engine rides on a newly developed semi-active engine mounts, which consist of three passive mounts integrated control element, rpm sensor and solenoid valve. Engine mounts vacuum exploited to generate a dynamic response which offsets engine vibrations. In fact, Veracruz has less idling vibration and noise than the Lexus RX350.

To help put the power to use, the engine is mated to an Aisin six-speed with SHIFTRONIC � manual control. The transmission offers silky smooth shifts and a wide dissemination of reports that, ideally, the ability of the engine. Drivers can access the SHIFTRONIC � feature by moving the gear selector into a separate port. Push the lever forward or pulling it rearward will shift the transmission up or down sequentially, adding to the vehicle control. A clear LCD display on the dashboard shows the gear that is in use. The transmission uses an integrated transmission unit control and low noise gears which reduce friction.

All of this powertrain technology is put to effective use of Veracruz, with an estimated EPA highway fuel economy of 25 miles per gallon than smaller, less powerful Honda Pilot. Veracruz also offers clean air, with, as expected Ultra-Low Emission Vehicle (ULEV) classification.


Hyundai's engineers compared the best crosses in the world before designing Veracruz unibody and four-wheel independent suspension system. The rigid chassis and suspension geometry were specifically designed to provide a flexible, confident ride and help isolate the cabin from imperfection in the road. The Foundation is governed by a MacPherson strut front suspension and multi-link system rear suspension.

Gun Control Upfront, reverse L-shaped lower wheel angles and high sense of providing senior management and an excellent straight line stability. Great crib pads to improve behavior and isolate unwanted noise vibration and harshness. The four wheels are controlled by coil springs, fade-resistant, gas-charged shocks and stabilizer bars front and rear. The Veracruz GLS uses aluminum wheels 17-inch, five split-spoke wheels and 245/65R17, while the SE and Limited trims ride on 18-inch, five journals and 245/60R18 tires. Add to a wire rack and pinion steering, with a minimum turning radius is stricter than the Lexus RX350 and Nissan Murano short, and the end result is a vehicle with precise steering and handling, and a well controlled and comfortable ride.


Hyundai has added a couple of smart docking controlled All-Wheel Drive (AWD) to propel Veracruz through the elements. Through sensors for wheel speed monitor the road and the driver, this electronic system can detect when and where more torque is required and route it automatically. Power is transmitted to the rear wheels through a multi-plate clutch without any extra effort from the driver. An AWD lock mode can be coupled with the touch of a button with a 50:50 torque ratio when needed.

Sophisticated security systems

"The 2007 Veracruz includes active and passive safety with a series of cutting-edge technologies," said John Krafcik Vice President of Strategic Planning and Product Development, Hyundai Motor America. "Electronic Stability Control, six airbags including side curtain airbags protect all three rows and active front head restraints as standard can be found in Veracruz and are some of the most effective techniques."

Veracruz advanced engineering provides a high accuracy in all directions, and is anchored to the electronic stability control as standard (ESC), the most important technology security. Continuing the analysis of driving speed, steering wheel, throttle position, lateral yaw rate and other factors, onboard microprocessor determines if the vehicle has started to understeer or oversteer, and automatically switches to one or more brakes. The system also reduces engine power to help the driver maintain the intended path.

In addition, Veracruz adds large four wheel disc brakes, 10-inch tandem brake booster and anti-lock (ABS) with electronic brake force distribution (EBD) and an impressive stopping distance for a car of its size. Brake Assist maximizes braking force an emergency stop is detected.

Veracruz are excellent passive safety features, at a total of six airbags, including advanced dual front airbags, front seat mounted side airbags and side curtain airbags on the roof, all three rows of seats. In addition, active front headrests to prevent whiplash. All seats have three-point seat belts, while the second and third row also adjustable headrests. Security is still through the standard alarm system and immobilizer engine available.

To absorb the effects of the cabin areas Hyundai engineers optimize the deformation and strengthening the architecture of the rails, half the sill frame, floor cross members and center pillars. These reinforcements have been tested thoroughly in laboratory and computer simulations. Veracruz has been designed and tested to receive the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) top five-star crash test rating in front and side impacts.

Convenient Lower Anchors and Tethers for CHildren (LATCH) enables child seats to be secured in the second row of seats. Other standard safety equipment includes a control system pressure (TPMS) alerts drivers if one or more tires are inflated. A brilliant display on the dash lets drivers know the exact tire needing inflation so corrective action can be taken.

The difference is in the details

As with all Hyundai vehicles, Hyundai put a great deal of thought and attention to detail in every aspect of Veracruz. A key opens and closes the available power tailgate, and the key about: fishing is by the hand of key foodstuffs. Puddle lamps save your best pair of shoes. An integrated memory system returns the driver's seat to the default settings. Lining the rear bumper with rear warning sensors makes parallel parking distance in an instant. Aerodynamic wiper blades improve visibility, and two-way nozzles, each with four streams of fluid to provide very clean windshield.

Model Lineup

Hyundai Veracruz in three trim levels: well-equipped GLS, sporty SE and premium Limited.


Veracruz GLS is well equipped 3.8-liter V6 engine, six-speed automatic, ESC, ABS, rear spoiler, 17-inch alloy wheels and seating for seven. In addition, the standard is AM/FM/XM/CD/MP3 audio system (including three months of complementary XM service), air conditioning with cabin filter, steering wheel audio / cruise controls, heated power mirrors with puddle lights and indicator repeaters side, front and rear glass Solar Privacy Glass, Remote keyless entry and power windows and locks. Inside are active front head restraints, dual front and side airbags, front seat side airbags, plus side curtain airbags. Other useful features include a Tire Pressure Monitoring System, trip computer, tilt and telescopic steering wheel and. Hyundai Hideaway third row folds into the floor and is split 50/50, and the third row includes its own roof vents.

The optional Premium Package adds a sunroof glass tilt / slide, power driver seat, heated front seats, leather steering wheel and shift knob, and the security alert system.

VERACRUZ SE - a sportier flavor VERACRUZ

GLS SE features of equipment as standard 18-inch alloy wheels, driver seat, electrochromic auto-dimming rearview mirror with compass and HomeLink �, and the front. Aerodynamic roof rack, center console storage box features cool, auto-dimming exterior mirrors and automatic headlights are also standard. An optional Premium & Leather Package adds power tilt / slide glass sunroof, leather seating surfaces, heated front seats and 315-watt Infinity � audio system with CD changer and backup warning system. The available Entertainment Package (requires Premium Package and leather), features rear-seat entertainment system with eight-inch LCD screen, 605-watt Infinity audio system AM/FM/XM/CD-changer/MP3 Logic 7 surround-115 -volt power outlet and conversation mirror.

VERACRUZ LIMITED - Special features, affordable price

Veracruz Limited comes standard with all the equipment found standard on the SE and adds leather seating, heated front seats, power front passenger seat, automatic climate control, a 315-watt Infinity � audio system with changer CD, tilt and slide glass ceiling power tailgate, door handles, door sill scuff plates polished metal, conversation mirror, windshield wiper deicer and safety alert system. For more luxury, the available Ultimate Package includes power adjustable pedals, integrated memory system, tilt and telescopic steering wheel, the line blue backlit scuff plates, 605-watt Infinity Logic 7 AM/FM/XM/CD-changer/MP3 audio system surround sound, a rear seat DVD entertainment with eight-inch LCD screen, power supply 115 volt, proximity key and wipers automatically.
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