August 06, 2008
Just got back from a 2,000-mile round trip to Sunriver Oregon and have a few thoughts and photos to share. Things got off to a rough start as we were to enjoy a three-day rafting/camping excursion starting in Happy Camp, Calif. As the moody photo above shows, the wild fires still raging in Northern California put a kybosh on the Klamath trip. We discovered the Veracruz's recirculation mode on the HVAC system was up to the task. We didn't smell any smoke until we popped the door open to phone the rafting company (there's no cell service in Seiad Valley). With only a grey-white sky and an orange sun at noon, we had no choice but to push on.
July 21, 2008
Remember how we said our Veracruz was less expensive
than the 2008 Buick Enclave? Well, we might have been hasty. Because while the Veracruz does have a lower sticker price than its American-made competitor, our Hyundai just hit a new all-time low for fuel economy.
In the past month we've had two tanks averaging 11.7 miles per gallon, each with different drivers. At first we thought our calculations might be off, so we double-checked our math. It was right. (And it turns out one of those tanks was on a road trip with the car full of kids and luggage.) Those runs helped to drop the Veracruz's overall gas mileage to below that of the Enclave's 17.52 mpg.
So if you're looking beyond sticker price at overall cost of ownership, bear in mind that in the long run, a difference of a mile or two per gallon can really add up.
Current mileage: 12,636
Best tank over life of test: 20.3
Worst tank over life of test: 11.7
Overall average: 16.3
Official EPA estimate: 15 mpg city/20 mpg highway
Laura Burstein, Automotive Editor @ 12,652 miles
May 27, 2008
We've passed the 10,000 mile mark on our Hyundai Veracruz.
Some thoughts on this large crossover SUV:
drives like a minivan
seats are comfortable
easy to get in and out
good visibility in all directions
A/C works quickly and no longer hums
no AUX port
nice power liftgate in a car this price
Donna DeRosa, Managing Editor @10,003 miles
April 07, 2008
It's time for a fuel economy update at 6,983 miles:
Best: 20.2 mpg
Worst: 13.3 mpg
Overall combined: 16.2 mpg
And I'm proud to say that through some miracle of physics and new parenthood I managed that "best" tank myself last weekend.
Josh Jacquot, Senior road test editor @ 6,983 miles
February 29, 2008
With plans for a ski day looming, I requested one of our SUVs and was given the Veracruz. Although the forecast for Big Bear (about 115 miles northeast of L.A.) was for clear and sunny skies with temps in the mid-50s and hence theoretically no slippery roads, I wanted to be prepared in case the weather took a turn for the worse. Having skied but four times since my arrival here eight years ago, I was not gonna be denied my skiing fix!
As it happened, the weather was great -- just as advertised. Getting to the ski area, however, involves about 15 miles of twisty, narrow two-lane, which is not exactly the Veracruz's cup of 10W-40. Though the Veracruz felt stable enough, something like a Mazda CX-9 would've been more fun, with its quicker steering and sport sedan-like handling.
But overall, the Veracruz was easy to like on the trip -- the heated seats and power lumbar support for the driver were nice on the way home and the ride was quiet and well cushioned. Minor gripes included the lack of water bottle pockets in the front doors and the washout of the clock's display up high on the center stack.
On another note, I checked my trip mileage, which averaged around 17 mpg. Our Veracruz is averaging just 16.3 mpg, against the EPA's combined figure of 18 mpg. I'd blame L.A. traffic and some lead-footed staffers for that...
John DiPietro, Automotive Editor @ 5,555 miles.