2008 Hyundai Veracruz: Fuel Economy Update
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.
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