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Hyundai Veracruz
Hyundai Veracruz Limited (US)
Manufacturer Hyundai Motor Company
Also called Hyundai ix55
Huatai-Hyundai Veracruz[1][2]
Production 2006–present
Assembly Ulsan, Korea
Class Luxury full-size crossover SUV
Body style(s) 5-door SUV
Layout Front engine, front-wheel drive / four-wheel drive.
Engine(s) 3.8L V6
3.0L V6 CRDi
Transmission(s) 6-speed manual
Wheelbase 110.4 in (2804 mm)
Length 190.6 in (4841 mm)
Width 76.6 in (1946 mm)
Height 71.1 in (1806 mm)
Related Hyundai Santa Fe

The Hyundai Veracruz (Korean: 현대 베라크루즈) is a luxury full-size crossover SUV sold by Hyundai in the countries of United States, Canada, South Korea, China, Dominican Republic, Brazil, and the Middle East. The official date of unveiling in South Korea was October 12, 2006, and was made available in the United States as a 2007 model. Hyundai settled on its segment name as Luxury Utility Vehicle (LUV). It is a new, larger-than-Santa Fe crossover. The Veracruz went on sale in March 2007 and is Hyundai's largest crossover SUV. It is a replacement for the truck-based Terracan, which was sold worldwide except for North America, and is built on a stretched Santa Fe platform[citation needed].

The Veracruz gets its name from a state in Mexico, continuing the Western theme from the small Tucson SUV and mid-size Santa Fe SUV. According to Autoweek, the Veracruz is larger than the Honda Pilot, and has more cargo volume than the Mercedes-Benz GL-Class; power comes from a 3.8L, 263 horsepower (196 kW) V6, with Aisin sourced 6-speed manual transmission.

Many have suggested that the Veracruz, as well as the Azera and the Genesis are testing the waters for a new luxury brand by Hyundai, to compete with the likes of Lexus, Cadillac, Lincoln, Infiniti, and Acura.



The IIHS (Insurance Institute for Highway Safety) said crash results indicated, "... a low risk of any significant injuries in a crash of this severity," which is the highest result possible. The NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) found similar results when they tested the Veracruz, awarding it five stars after its frontal crash test for both passenger and driver and in the side impact event. [1] On November 15, 2007 the IIHS declared Veracruz vehicles built after August 2007 a Best Safety Pick for side, rear, and frontal impact protection. The Veracruz is one of three Hyundai models to receive this award.

Pricing range

  • $26,910 - $35,750 [2]
  • fully-loaded $35,750 (Limited, AWD)

Standard safety features

  • Electronic Stability Control (ESC) with Traction Control System (TCS)
  • Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) with Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist
  • Advanced front airbags, front seat-mounted side airbags and roof-mounted side curtain airbags
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS)
  • Active front head restraints (reconfigured after Aug 07)

2008 Veracruz standard features


  • 3.8L DOHC V6 engine with dual exhaust
  • 6-Speed manual transmission
  • 7-passenger seating with Hyundai Hideaway 3rd row
  • AM/FM/XM/CD/MP3 audio system w/ six speakers
  • Steering wheel mounted audio controls
  • Trip computer
  • Air conditioning with separate rear HVAC controls
  • Outside temperature display
  • Power heated external bodycolor mirrors with approach lights and side repeater lights
  • Power windows and door/tailgate locks
  • Manual Tilt and telescopic steering wheel


Includes all GLS features plus:

  • Power driver seat with power lumbar support
  • Auto dimming interior mirror with HomeLink Universal Transceiver & digital compass
  • Auto dimming exterior mirrors
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel & shift knob
  • Automatic headlights
  • Roof rack side rails
  • Fog lights
  • A/C cooled front center console storage


Includes all SE standard features plus:

  • Leather seating surfaces (premium leather optional)
  • Heated front seats (2-mode)
  • Power front passenger seat (fore and aft, recline- not height adjustable)
  • Dual-zone automatic temperature control with Air Quality System (AQS)
    • rear climate manual
  • Infinity CD/MP3 changer audio system w/ subwoofer & external amplifier
  • Power tilt & slide sunroof
  • Power tailgate (Button signal: key fob signal, driver's door, and integrated into tailgate itself)
  • Chrome door handles
  • Lighted door scuff plates (blue lights on all four doors)
  • Conversation mirror
  • Windshield wiper deicer
  • Backup warning system
    • (front and rear parking sensors available through - not Hyundai factory installed)
  • Integrated memory system (exterior mirrors, power driver's seat, and power steering wheel)
  • Power tilt & telescopic steering wheel
  • 115-volt power outlet
  • Rain sensing wipers
  • Proximity key with immobilizer - Keyless drive

Optional and luxury features

  • Power moonroof
  • Power tailgate (SE)
  • Rear seat DVD entertainment w/8” LCD and surround sound audio system
  • Infinity CD/MP3 changer audio system w/ subwoofer & external amp
  • Infinity Logic 7 surround sound with 605 watt amplifier (10 speaker premium audio with base)
  • LG Navigation system (replaces CD changer/ does not have integrated backup camera)
  • Auxiliary audio input accessory
  • Optional leather package (on SE/ standard Limited)
  • Upgraded cordovan (black/saddle) leather seats (opt. Limited)


The Veracruz will be given an ultra-low sulfur diesel engine circa 2009 to 2010.[citation needed] This engine achieves better gas mileage and more torque than its gasoline counterpart.[citation needed] The diesel engine is currently available in Korea but does not yet match United States emission standards.[citation needed]

In 2008, the Veracruz was also sold in some European countries as the iX55.[citation needed]


  1. ^ German Wikipedia article about Rongcheng Huatai Automobile
  2. ^ official Haw Tai Website

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