I Could Live With This Face - 2008 Hyundai Veracruz Long-Term Road Test

2008 Hyundai Veracruz Long-Term Road Test

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2008 Hyundai Veracruz: I Could Live With This Face

February 27, 2008

I took my first drive in our 2008 Hyundai Veracruz last night. The first thing I noticed is that I like walking up to the Veracruz. Its face is pleasant, maybe a little derivative of the current-generation Lexus RX, but still distinct. This is my favorite face in the Hyundai family. Not surprisingly, driving the the Hyundai Veracruz reminds me a lot of our long-term Azera. Aside from some extra wind noise, it's a serene experience and the ride quality is extremely forgiving. Handling, of course, is not on par with the CX-9's, but I like the way the Hyundai's soft suspension manages weight transfer. It's very predictable. I'd feel just as comfortable with a Veracruz on a back road.

However, I recently had the pleasure of driving a current-gen Honda Odyssey again, and its dynamics are so accomplished, I'm not sure I could justify spending more on a Veracruz -- no matter how much I like its face.

Erin Riches, Senior Editor @ 5,245 miles

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