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2008 Hyundai Veracruz SE: Our Favorite Caption

January 30, 2009


Thanks to fadetoblackii for this week's favorite caption.

Some other good ones:

After 16,274 miles, our paint began fading. Perhaps we should have waxed it once or twice.

Aw man...the dealer said this isn't covered under the warranty.

Clearly the best car money can buy.

It's a good thing we paid extra for that clearcoat.

What was your favorite?

Donna DeRosa, Managing Editor

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2008 Hyundai Veracruz SE: You Write the Caption

January 30, 2009


This week's photo was taken by Kurt Niebuhr.

Our Senior Copy Editor Doug Lloyd suggested "It's better to burnout than fade away."

Can you beat it?

We'll post our favorite caption at 4PM (Pacific Time).

Donna DeRosa, Managing Editor

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2008 Hyundai Veracruz: Horn Still Works

November 11, 2008


Here we are in the Veracruz. The guy up front in his Celica doesn't realize the light turned green.

We're patient... waiting at least 3 full seconds before laying on the horn to get his attention. The driver waves his hand and accelerates away from the light.

Man, that feels good. Glad we fixed the horn in this thing.

Mike Schmidt, Manager of Vehicle Testing @ 21,600 miles

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2008 Hyundai Veracruz: Relax, the horn works

November 07, 2008


"What if the police pull you over because your horn doesn't work?"

"What would happen if an absent minded pedestrian wandered in your way and you had to sound the horn to draw his attention to you?"

"Don't you want the horn to work so that you can honk at the girls in LA?"

"A non-operational horn is like tires without tread. Not important till you need it in a hurry."

We heard it all. And fixed the horn by popular demand.

So now the honker works again. Let's all take a deep breath in - - and exhale. Both horn assemblies were replaced under warranty, as was the blown fuse. We also had the oil changed and tires rotated for $57.44.

Mike Schmidt, Vehicle Testing Manager @ 21,547 miles

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2008 Hyundai Veracruz SE AWD: Parent Approved

November 03, 2008


In a previous blog entry I mentioned that I had swapped the Veracruz out for the smart fortwo. The smart had an aux input and was more appropriate for the weekend I had planned. Plus I sort of like the smart.

I whined a little bit about the numb steering in the Veracruz offending me as a driver and left it at that. What I probably should have taken the time to mention was the steering feel being almost the same as what's found in Lexus vehicles-- one of the many elements of Lexus vehicles I happen to dislike. But that type of steering, along with the floaty ride and complete lack of road information transmitted to the driver are the kinds of thing that sells to people like my parents who happened to be visiting for the weekend and who happened to absolutely love the Veracruz

They loved the seat comfort and material. They loved the dash layout and color scheme. My mom wouldn't stop talking about the ride comfort, that she couldn't hear the engine or the wind no matter how fast we were going. My dad busied himself trying to take apart the wireless headphones for the rear seat entertainment..he's an engineer, don't ask.

They were sold. My mom is now considering the Genesis for her next car. (She says that now, but if I know her next time she goes to buy a new car she won't leave the GM lot empty handed...she never does.) And it turns out that after a few hundred miles of exploring California with reluctant tourists, I put aside my steering complaints and found a few things about the Veracruz that I was smitten with like these super handy, and cool when closed, storage bins. I had them filled all weekend. Never with cups.

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2008 Hyundai Veracruz SE AWD: Silence

October 27, 2008

The horn still doesn't work on our Veracruz.


Josh Jacquot, Senior road test editor

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2008 Hyundai Veracruz: Ice House

October 15, 2008

My family has a seasonal cabin well north of Lake Tahoe that has to be closed for the winter. Well, winter is fast approaching so I raced the 9 hour drive up there to shut 'er down.

Thankfully I was handed the keys to the Veracruz. It had plenty of cargo room to stuff the extra anti-freeze, mouse traps, our extra warm blankets and food for our weekend in the mountains.

I got a late start, but the comfortable seats and quiet ride of the Veracruz were welcome luxuries. Also having XM to entertain me as my lady slept the entire way up was nice too. I got to listen to the ballgames and some political analysis from various sources. It might be rather desolate where my cabin is, but satellite radio keeps me in touch with the world.


Driving up the last of the mountain passes to my cabin, I kept my eye on the outside temp gauge which kept dropping. We arrived pretty late in the day to temperatures in the teens. The ground was frozen, the deck was covered with ice and it was windy.

I quickly went to work on what needed to happen on the exterior of the cabin before it got dark. When I stepped inside the cabin, it was noticeably colder. This wasn't going to be fun.

After draining all the water from the pipes and flushing them with antifreeze, dropping the mouse traps, shutting off the power and buttoning down the storm shutters we decided to ironman it back. We'd rather suffer for a little on another long drive than freeze the entire weekend in a cabin with no insulation.

Thank god those seats in the Veracruz are damn comfy with the added bonus of being heated.

Scott Jacobs, Senior Photographer

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2008 Hyundai Veracruz: Exterior Styling

October 01, 2008


Our 2008 Hyundai Veracruz has a great interior, plenty of features and an attractive price. It's very competitive against other midsize or large crossovers, and I'd fully recommend it to someone shopping in this segment. But when I wonder if I'd buy one, the answer keeps coming back "no."

I think it's the styling. The soft and inoffensive curves put the Veracuz in the bland category, and the rear three-quarter look reminds me of an egg. This might seem like a petty thing to bring up, but if everything else is pretty much equal, I'd pay a bit more to get the classy look of our long-term Enclave.

Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor

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2008 Hyundai Veracruz: 15,000-mile Service

September 26, 2008


I took our 2008 Veracruz in for service today. Just like the last time at 7,500 miles, service was prompt and courteous at Lithia Hyundai in Fresno, Calif. An oil change and tire rotation this time set us back $54.64.

Due to a scheduling conflict on my part, I couldn't let the dealer spend enough time with the Veracruz to fix the horn.

As always, remind your friends and family that Edmunds has a nifty Dealer Ratings and Reviews feature, where you can write and read reviews about sales and service.

Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor

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2008 Hyundai Veracruz SE: Horn And Oil

September 22, 2008


Back in July, we reported that our Hyundai Veracruz's horn still wasn't working but that the dealership had ordered a part for us. Two and half months later, the Veracruz is still beepless. It seems that the Hyundai dealership never called to tell us the part was in, and we absent-mindedly let the issue fall off our radar.

Meanwhile, it seems we also, uh, forgot to get the 15,000-mile service done. At least the dipstick's easy to find and pull (oil: A-OK and dirty). A dealer visit will hopefully occur later this week.

Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor @ 17,167 miles

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