2008 Hyundai Veracruz Review
This review was written 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.
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