2008 Hyundai Veracruz Review & Ratings | Automotive.com

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Hyundai Veracruz

2008 Hyundai Veracruz Review

Stands tall as a high-tech, feature-friendly, cross-over SUV.

Reviewed by Automotive on 6/26/2008

Overview

Relatively new to the American automobile marketplace, Hyundai made a brake through in 1986 with the release of its hugely successful subcompact Excel. Since the late-1980s, Hyundai gradually expanded its scope into every possible car segment: subcompacts, compacts, sedans, coupes, hybrids, and SUVs. It’s made its way to becoming a respected car builder known for quality, reliability, and performance.

What’s New

Exterior

Depending on the buyer’s perspective when it comes to a car’s exterior, most reviewers fall somewhere between clean attractiveness and unrivaled dullness when it comes to the 2008 Hyundai Veracruz’s look. Modeled largely after the Lexus RX 350, the Veracruz is a virtual showcase of easy flowing lines as opposed to other SUVs that opt for a blockier body shape.

In defense against its attackers who think of the Veracruz as being boring, Hyundai did its part to evoke the opposite: side mirrors with integrated turn signals, twin chrome exhaust pipes, puddle lights, 18-inch alloy wheels, and a sporty rear end spoiler.

Hyundai Veracruz

Interior

Handsome interiors packed with plenty of fun gadgetry adorn all three trims of the 2008 Hyundai Veracruz. Soft saddle-leather interior, intuitive-friendly instrumentation, a no-nonsense simplified central console, and plenty of comfortable spaciousness throughout make for an all-around desirable package.

The base GLS comes standard with cruise control, climate control, trip computer, CD/MP3 with satellite radio, heated front seats and a sunroof. The mid-level SE trim adds a leather-wrapped steering wheel, cooled center console, power tailgate, and an eight-speaker audio system. The Limited contains all that plus dual zone climate control, touch screen navigation, rear seat entertainment system, and a ten-speaker Infinity Logic 7 surround sound system.

In terms of cargo space, folding down the second and third rows of the Hyundai Veracruz ups the available on-board room to an impressive 86.8 cubic feet.

Performance Handling

All three of the 2008 Hyundai Veracruz’s get its power from a 3.8-liter, V-6 engine that’s good for 260 hp and 257 lb-ft of torque: a good amount of gusto but lacks a little given its 4000-pound plus curb weight. A bit slow out of the gate, the Veracruz takes just over eight seconds to reach 60 mph from a standstill, but once it gets going, it cruises quite well at highway rates.

One notable feature that hasn’t escaped any industry reviewers has to do with the Veracruz’s noticeable lack of engine/road noise. Helping to keep vehicle vibration to a minimum is the Hyundai’s semi-active mounts designed to lessen any engine vacuum noise, plus its four layers of floor padding.

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