Powertrain, roomy second-row seats, fit and finish, controls.
Suspension noise, side blind spot, agility.
The seven-passenger Veracruz is essentially a stretched and more powerful version of the previous generation Santa Fe. It has a very quiet and well-finished interior with controls that are very simple to use. The 3.8-liter V6 is mated to a six-speed automatic, and forms a smooth powertrain. The ride is comfortable, but suspension noise is evident. Handling is secure but not particularly agile. Front-wheel drive is standard, with all-wheel drive available. The third-row seat folds into the floor in 50/50 sections. Curtain air bags are standard. Crash-test results are impressive. The Veracruz will be dropped after 2012, replaced by the redesigned Santa Fe with three rows of seats.
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