2008 Hyundai Veracruz: The Forgotten Crossover
June 24, 2008
The Hyundai Veracruz seems like a forgotten player in the large-ish crossover game. This isn't surprising given its badge and that it has to contend with the excellent Mazda CX-9 and three excellent triplets from GM (with a quadruplet on the way) -- and not only in the marketplace, but in our long-term fleet as well. Quite telling is the Veracruz's fewer amount of miles compared to our Enclave and CX-9 (they all showed up around the same time). However, the number of miles isn't an exact science, so perhaps we've just been overlooking the Veracruz.
If the Hyundai has a major weakness it's size, specifically in regards to the third row. 'm 6-foot-3 and fit in the aftmost rows of the Enclave, CX-9 and new Pilot. In the Veracruz, my head is tilted to the side and my knees are parallel to my sternum. This is yoga, not sitting. Five years ago, the Veracruz actually would've been quite spacious compared to the contemporary Honda Pilot and Toyota Highlander, and with the rest of its impressive docket of driving dynamics, features list and interior quality, it would easily be the class leader. Today, though, the market has moved larger without a hit to power or fuel economy, so how much does the Veracruz's size hurt it?
Recently, the Edmunds.com editors collected a group of three-row, large-ish crossovers together for an impromptu comparison and the Veracruz was amongst them. The big Hyundai impressed many and won some fans, but you'll have to stay tuned on the Edmunds Strategies Blog in two weeks to find out how we ultimately stacked them up. You may be surprised.
James Riswick, Automotive Editor @ 12,077 miles