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2007 Hyundai Veracruz Limited
By Alain Gayot
Hyundai Veracruz Limited

In short: A luxurious SUV with three-row seating.

The first thing that comes to mind when we hear the word Veracruz is a charming city in Mexico with the same name, and perhaps some of the cuisine associated with it.

Hyundai Veracruz Limited Interior
Hyundai Veracruz Limited Engine
Hyundai Veracruz Limited Light

Korean manufacturer Hyundai decided to lift the name, and now we have a very comfortable and smooth-operating SUV. Right away, it gives you a feeling of luxury with the use of nice-looking materials. It’s rather roomy in the front and space in the following two rows can be easily distributed by sliding the center row on a rail to make any of your seven passengers happy.

Engine response is totally satisfying and smooth. Even at high revolutions using all 260 horses, the cabin remains quiet. Exterior styling is quite pleasing with fluid lines and artistically integrated front and rear lights. Interior layout is no-nonsense and everything has a logical, user-friendly position. Our tester came fully loaded with a cooled center console to keep your favorite beverage at acceptable temperature, dual temperature controls, an Infinity surround sound system with XM Satellite Radio, a power tailgate, all-wheel drive…The list goes on. However, dealers will most likely have a base model available for under $27.000.

It never felt like a big car and maneuvering in tight city parking lots was never an issue. On the freeway, we experienced a solid, smooth and comfortable ride with plenty of passing power.

With a solid warranty and 25 MPG highway, this SUV is a true charmer. You’ll get from Los Angeles to San Francisco on one tank… Watch out, Lexus!

Hyundai Veracruz Limited

: Five-year/60,000-mile new vehicle warranty, ten-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty, seven-year/unlimited-mile anti-perforation warranty, five-year/unlimited-mile roadside assistance

Base Price: $26,995/As Tested: $32,430

Technical Specifications

Vehicle type: 4-door SUV

Engine: 3.8-liter DOHC V6 24-valve
Horsepower: 260 hp
Transmission: 6-speed automatic with Shiftronic shift function

Torque: 257 ft-lbs

Wheelbase: 110.4 in
190.6/76.6/68.9 in
Turning circle: 36.7 ft

Brakes: four-wheel ABS with electronic brake force distribution and brake assist

Safety: six airbags, advanced front airbag system, standard electronic stability control, front seat active head restraints, tire pressure monitor, backup warning system

Suspension: four wheel independent suspension

EPA City: 18
EPA Highway: 25

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Photography: AlphaMedia

(Updated: 07/30/08 HC)