2008 Hyundai Veracruz Long-Term Road Test

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2008 Hyundai Veracruz: Color-Coordinated

March 17, 2008

Hyundai Veracruz - cabin (photo by Warren Clarke)

It seems like a simple enough detail to nail, and yet it's one that many automakers seem to overlook. I'm talking about the grave business of gauge and display lighting. Many manufacturers take a haphazard approach -- red light here, blue light there, no sense of cohesiveness whatsoever. The end result is a cabin with the nighttime ambiance of a hole-in-the-wall bar whose owners forgot to take down its Christmas lights.

When cruising in our Hyundai Veracruz after dark this weekend, I was pleased to note that this cruiser, um, saw the light. LCD display for the clock? Blue. LCD display for the stereo? Blue. Illumination for the speedometer? Blue. And not just any shade of blue -- a warm, pleasing shade of cerulean goodness that feels as gentle and soothing as a hug from your favorite aunt.

Needless to say, Veracruz country is a nice place to be when the sun goes down.

Warren Clarke, Automotive Content Editor @ 6,200 miles

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