Review of the 2012 Hyundai Veracruz
IntroductionThe seven-passenger 2012 Hyundai Veracruz is available in two trim levels, GLS and Limited. For 2012, The Hyundai Veracruz gets a European market radiator grille and a host of other features such as 18-inch hypersilver wheels, standard heated second row seats and Alpine navigation system on Limited Trim. A distinctive blend of luxury, substance and style, the 2012 Hyundai Veracruz takes on the Honda Pilot and Toyota Highlander in the market, while offering the kind of lavish amenities and first-class craftsmanship found in the Lexus RX350 and Mercedes-Benz cars.
Exterior Design and Special FeaturesThe Veracruz demonstrates Hyundai's product expansion and global design evolution through its continued use of organic forms to create a refined and luxurious exterior. Fluid lines combine with integrated headlights and taillights to create a unified aesthetic for the vehicle. Passengers are coddled in a rich interior inspired by boutique hotels, and one that can be found in luxury sedans. All this thanks to intelligent ergonomic engineering, intuitive design and superior craftsmanship. Power driver seat, roof rack side rails, backup warning system, leather wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, fog lights, automatic headlights and temperature controlled storage, which were all options on the GLS, are now standard. Due to cold-weather consumer demand, GLS models equipped with all-wheel drive also now include heated front seats as standard equipment. Also, the GLS is now available with LG navigation system and Infinity Logic 7 audio system (delayed availability). The new inclusions for the model year 2012 are the European market radiator grille, and standard heated second row seats while the Alpine navigation system is optional on the Limited trim. The Veracruz GLS is equipped with 17-inch, five-split-spoke aluminum wheels and 245/65R17 tires, while the Limited trim rides on 18-inch, hypersilver alloy wheels and 245/60R18 tires.
EngineA standard 3.8-liter V6 that delivers 260 horsepower and 257 lb ft of torque is given to this model's current two trims. To maximize torque across the rev range, the engine utilizes Continuously Variable Valve Timing (CVVT) on the intake valves and a Variable Intake System which helps cylinders breathe efficiently at both low and high rpm. The engine has an aluminum block and cylinder heads for light weight and thermal efficiency, and features a steel timing chain with no scheduled maintenance. Both two-wheel and four-wheel drive options are offered for the engine, which is given a six-speed automatic transmission with manual control. While the optional four-wheel drive models give fuel consumption in the region of 16/21 mpg, the two-wheel drive gives 17/22 mpg. The Hyundai Veracruz also delivers clean air, with a Low Emissions Vehicle (LEV) classification.
SafetyThe 2011 Veracruz embraces both active and passive safety with a host of leading-edge technologies. The vehicle's advanced engineering provides a high level of precision during all aspects of driving, and is anchored by standard Electronic Stability Control (ESC), the industry's most important new safety technology. By continually analyzing road speed, steering input, throttle position, lateral yaw rate and other factors, an onboard microprocessor determines if the vehicle is starting to understeer or oversteer, and automatically engages one or more brakes. The system also reduces engine output to help the driver maintain the intended path. In addition, Veracruz adds large four-wheel disc brakes with a 10-inch tandem brake booster and an Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) with Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD) for impressive stopping distance for a vehicle of its size. Brake Assist, which is also standard, maximizes braking force when an emergency stop is detected. Hyundai Veracruz's passive safety features are equally impressive, beginning with six total airbags, including advanced dual front airbags, front seat-mounted side-impact airbags and roof-mounted side curtain airbags for all three rows of seating. In addition, active front head restraints help prevent whiplash. All seating positions feature three-point seatbelts, while the second and third rows also feature adjustable head restraints. Security is provided through a standard alarm system and available engine immobilizer. To absorb impact to the passenger cabin, Hyundai engineers optimized crumple zones and reinforced the architecture's rails, side sill frame, floor cross-members and center pillars. Convenient Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children (LATCH) points allow child seats to be secured in the second-row seats. Additional standard safety equipment includes a Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS), which alerts drivers if one or more tires are under inflated with an illuminated readout on the dash.