Seeing Clearly in the 2008 Hyundai Veracruz
February 05, 2008
I'm always amazed by new vehicles that have the latest safety technology but still have terrible sight lines -- as though visibility isn't a safety factor. So I was particularly impressed with the 2008 Veracruz.
The shot above shows the driver's view of the rear window from the rear-view mirror. I was parked at the curb at the time and got a terrific view of the entire street behind me. Had both second-row head restraints been raised instead of just one, I still would have seen clearly. While this may seem unremarkable at first, it was significant enough for me to notice it. This, in contrast to complaints I've heard about the Volvo XC90. Despite Volvo's legendary reputation for safety, it has rear blind spots that drive the soccer moms crazy.
The Veracruz' side view mirrors were quite large, and the front windshield also offered an excellent view. I felt like I had a good idea of what was happening 360-degrees around me. Add in the excellent crash test scores and standard safety equipment, and you get an overall feeling of security -- something buyers of crossovers (yours truly included) list as a top priority. Next time, I'll try it with the third row raised as well.
Joanne Helperin, Senior Features Editor @ 3,496 miles