Manual Shiftgate, Why So Far Away? - 2008 Hyundai Veracruz Long-Term Road Test

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2008 Hyundai Veracruz: Manual Shiftgate, Why So Far Away?

May 22, 2008

Photo by Caroline Pardilla

I don't understand why our 2008 Hyundai Veracruz has the manual shiftgate away from the driver. To engage this function you have to push the gearshift away from you instead of toward you. This doesn't make sense to me because when you use the manual function, that means you'll be shifting a lot so wouldn't you want that closer to you so that you have more control? And that center console makes me position my arm high up so that I'm holding the shifter in a way that feels awkward to me. So not only is my arm outstretched to manually shift gears but I have to hold the shifter almost daintily, using my wrist more. I tried driving with the console lid open but as soon as I hit the brakes, it fell down and hit the back of my arm.

Oh, and another thing, another editor pointed out that there are some cars out there that are also made in the European market and therefore the manual gate on the right of the shifter makes sense for those right-hand-drive versions of these cars. But since this is an SUV and SUVs are primarily sold in North America, there's really no good reason for the shiftgate to be positioned like it is in the Veracruz.

Caroline Pardilla, Deputy Managing Editor @ 9,874 miles

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