2012 Hyundai Veracruz

The 2012 Hyundai Veracruz is an midsize SUV that remains essentially the same SUV that was available in showrooms in 2011. New for 2012 is a new front grille and standard second-row heated seats (on Limited models). An Alpine-branded navigation system is also available on the 2012 Limited model. The 2012 Hyundai Veracruz competes with Mazda CX-9, Ford Flex, Honda Pilot and Toyota Highlander.

The 2012 Hyundai Veracruz is a sevepassenger crossover SUV available in GLS ( starting at $28,345 MSRP) and Limited ($34,495 MSRP) trim levels. All models come standard with FWD (front wheel drive) configuration. The All Wheel Drive configuration with driver-selectable lock is optional on all 2012 Veracruz models.

The GLS trim level of 2012 Hyundai Veracruz comes standard with 17-inch alloy wheels, heated side mirrors, foglights, automatic heatlights, rear parking sensors, an eight-way power driver seat, cruise control, a tilt-and-telescoping steering column, heated front seats (on all-wheel-drive models only) and a six-speaker sound system with a CD player, an auxiliary audio jack and an iPod/USB interface. The Premium Package adds a sunroof, a windshield de-icer, a power liftgate and auto-dimming mirrors. The 2012 Veracruz Limited includes the content of the Premium Package and adds 18-inch wheels, dual-zone automatic climate control, driver memory functions, leather upholstery, a four-way power passenger seat, a power tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, a heated second-row seats and an eight-speaker Infinity sound system with a six-CD changer.

For the Limited, an Alpine navigation system is optional and includes a rearview camera, Bluetooth and a 10-speaker surround-sound audio system with HD radio.

Using high-grade materials, Hyundai’s designers have created a spacious cabin that is both versatile and elegant. Every major component of 2012 Hyundai Veracruz has been designed to reduce cabin noise. To isolate outside noise, Hyundai applies acoustic damping sheets to the doors and unibody, a steel plate beneath the engine and four layers of carpet padding. Engine noise is reduced through an electronically controlled engine mount, a multi-curvature dash, custom hood insulation and a pilow tripod joint, to lessen vibrations from the driveshaft. Seating for seven is made possible because of Hyundai’s standard Hideaway third-row seat, accessible via a simple lever to slide the second row forward. Additionally, a well-thought out design means cargo space is abundant in the new 2012 Hyundai Veracruz.

Brushed metal accents and blue backlighting for all interior gauges, switches and buttons highlight the modern, integrated interior design. Even the front cupholders are accented with blue light, while soft blue lighting in the overhead console provides subdued mood lighting. Hyundai’s focused attention to detail can be seen throughout the interior with the console bins and glovebox lined with soft flocking material. Powerpoint caps, seatbelt buckles and cupholder inserts are color-keyed for design harmony.

Exterior color options for the 2012 Hyundai Veracruz are Shimmering Silver, Black Noir Pearl, Stone White, Marine Blue, Athens Blue, Boulder Gray and Sahara Bronze.

The 2012 Hyundai Veracruz is powered by a modern 3.8-liter DOHC V8 engine. It delivers 260 horsepower and 257 lb-ft of torque. To maximize torque across the rev range, the engine utilizes CVVT ( Continuously Variable Valve Timing ) 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.

For all 2012 Hyundai Veracruz models, the standard transmission is an Aisin six-speed automatic gearbox with Shiftronic manual control. This transmission uses an integrated transmission control unit and low noise gears that help reduce friction.

For 2012 Hyundai Veracruz EPA fuel economy estimates are 17 mpg city / 22mpg highway for the front wheel drive models and 16 mpg city/ 21 mpg highway for all-wheel-drive models.

Standard safety features of 2012 Veracruz include: four-wheel-disc antilock brakes, side-impact airbags for the front seats, side curtain airbags for all three rows, active front head restraints, electronic stability system, traction control and more.

You can read more about all this on 2012 Hyundai Veracruz review by thecarconnection.com.


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