September 15, 2008
People seem to feel strongly about HVAC controls. Well, actually, people seem to feel strongly about anything we write about the Aura. Two weeks ago I wrote this blog about the Aura's knob-free temperature controls. Today I'm pointing out a design I prefer -- three knobs, three buttons (for the primary controls). The Hyundai's HVAC system isn't an auto-climate-control design like the Aura's, but it also doesn't require punching a button six times to make a quick and significant temperature change.
Josh Jacquot, Senior road test editor @ 16, 851 miles
April 11, 2008
I'd have a hard time trying to think of recently introduced or redesigned vehicles that don't have auxiliary audio jacks. But here you go our long-term 2008 Veracruz doesn't have one from the factory.
I tried routing my iPod through the optional rear-seat entertainment system's RCA port, but so far I haven't been able to get that to work. So for now I'm listening to XM Radio and CD-burned MP3s on the Veracruz's 10-speaker, Infinity surround-sound audio system.
Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor
April 02, 2008
The Veracruz is an excellent effort overall - good looking, roomy and with a fairly decked out interior (not just by Hyundai standards). The Infinity audio system is also very good but I'd like to see a factory installed nav system for our test car's $36,780 MSRP. I'm not against aftermarket systems like this Garmin, it's just that an in dash unit is so much nicer looking - Hyundai does offer one, it adds $1,750 to the price.
Brian Moody, Road Test Editor @ 6,602 miles
March 07, 2008
As my colleague Chris pointed out in a previous post, the Veracruz's A/C makes an annoying buzz / groan that's most noticeable at low road speeds. Usually, an A/C unit making noise is not a good thing, and can be an indication that something, like say, a compressor, is getting ready to give up the ghost. Well, it seems that heaven may have welcomed another mechanical soul, as the Veracruz's A/C system was not kicking out any cool air for me.
To verify that I wasn't imagining this, I switched the A/C on and off a few times -- not rapidly, mind you, so as to give it ample time to kick in -- and there was no difference in the air coming out of the vents. It was ambient temperature in both cases. I checked to see if there was a TSB (Technical Service Bulletin) for the Veracruz's A/C system, but there was none. As Chris stated, when we bring in the Veracruz for its next service, we'll have this looked at.
John DiPietro, Automotive Editor @ 5,828 miles.