2008 Hyundai Veracruz: Ski Trip Day
February 29, 2008
With plans for a ski day looming, I requested one of our SUVs and was given the Veracruz. Although the forecast for Big Bear (about 115 miles northeast of L.A.) was for clear and sunny skies with temps in the mid-50s and hence theoretically no slippery roads, I wanted to be prepared in case the weather took a turn for the worse. Having skied but four times since my arrival here eight years ago, I was not gonna be denied my skiing fix!
As it happened, the weather was great -- just as advertised. Getting to the ski area, however, involves about 15 miles of twisty, narrow two-lane, which is not exactly the Veracruz's cup of 10W-40. Though the Veracruz felt stable enough, something like a Mazda CX-9 would've been more fun, with its quicker steering and sport sedan-like handling.
But overall, the Veracruz was easy to like on the trip -- the heated seats and power lumbar support for the driver were nice on the way home and the ride was quiet and well cushioned. Minor gripes included the lack of water bottle pockets in the front doors and the washout of the clock's display up high on the center stack.
On another note, I checked my trip mileage, which averaged around 17 mpg. Our Veracruz is averaging just 16.3 mpg, against the EPA's combined figure of 18 mpg. I'd blame L.A. traffic and some lead-footed staffers for that...
John DiPietro, Automotive Editor @ 5,555 miles.