2008 Hyundai Veracruz

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2008 Hyundai Veracruz Review

Note: This review was created when the 2008 Hyundai Veracruz was new.

The Veracruz offers a predictable, family-friendly ride with a luxurious cabin for a very affordable price. However, it can't match the sportier handling of some competitors. Since the Veracruz just made its debut in 2007, it is relatively unchanged for this year.

Pros & Cons

  • Upscale interior with lots of standard features
  • Extremely quiet cabin
  • Excellent crash test scores and safety equipment
  • Longer powertrain warranty than most competitors
  • Numb steering and sub-par handling
  • Meager cargo space with all rows of seats in use

2008 Hyundai Veracruz Overview

The young SUV's high-quality interior is largely modeled after the luxurious Lexus RX 350 and gains plenty of praise. USA Today proclaims the Veracruz is "worthy of a shopper's -- even a luxury shopper's -- short list." The seven-passenger SUV may be Hyundai's highest-priced model ever, but most still see it as a great value. Most of the price advantage is due to the fact that the new crossover is better-equipped than its competition. The Veracruz is available in three trims -- the GLS, SE and Limited -- in either front- or all-wheel drive.

  • "Equip the Veracruz properly, and it has the mojo to compete with the higher-priced vehicle. It doesn't yet match the Lexus's overall levels of polish, but it's darn close, which makes it very nice indeed, measured against most other offerings." -- Motor Trend
  • "The Veracruz fails to close the luxury gap in the crossover market in the same way the 2006 Azera did in the sedan sector. That car feels luxurious at a modest price. The Veracruz is just a photocopy of a photocopy." -- Detroit News
  • "If you want a loaded-up, smooth-riding midsize family SUV, it's hard to find one at a better price than the Veracruz." -- BusinessWeek
  • "As a sport/utility and minivan alternative in the large-crossover segment, the Hyundai Veracruz is better executed than many of its American and Japanese competitors. It's not groundbreaking and it has no cutting-edge engineering technology, but it's worth a serious look." -- Truck Trend

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