2008 Hyundai Veracruz: Welcome to the Fray
January 18, 2008
Our third musketeer has arrived. Joining our Buick Enclave and Mazda CX-9 is another large crossover SUV, the 2008 Hyundai Veracruz. All three are pretty evenly equipped and priced, although we opted for certain features over others in each case. As you might have also noticed, they're all the same light blue color. OK, so the CX-9 is more purply blue, the Veracruz is the most blue blue and the Enclave can transform depending on lighting and the driver's mood. But still, you can tell we like the color -- we're repainting the company bathrooms to match.
The Veracruz is the dark horse in our unofficial, informal year-long comparison test of these three crossovers. It is the only one with all-wheel-drive and is also the most expensive. For all the info on what we ordered and why we ordered it, see the Long Term Introduction. It'll be interesting to see how this Hyundai fares against two vehicles that have universally drawn praise during their short time in the fleet. It should get interesting.
Below, you'll find the Veracruz's track testing info. I've included the Enclave (light blue) and CX-9's (grey) data for comparison.
James Riswick, Associate Editor @ 2,750 milesACCELERATION
0-30 - 3.0 seconds (3.0, 2.8)
0-45 - 5.4 seconds (5.0, 4.9)
0-60 - 8.3 seconds (7.9, 7.4)
0-75 - 12.6 seconds (12.0, 11.1)
1/4 mile - 16.6 seconds @ 84.7 mph (16.2 @ 86.2, 15.9 @ 89.4)
Chief Road Test Editor Chris Walton: "I expected more torque from the 3.8-liter V6, and the get-away was pretty leisurely. Even in manual mode, the transmission upshifts at redline. Shifts are a little leisurely, as well. Quiet even at wide-open throttle."
30-0 - 30 feet (33, 34)
60-0 - 126 feet (129, 133)
Walton: "Very spongy brake pedal goes nearly to the floor. Lots of ABS shudder and forward pitch. Brakes began fading and system didn't have enough power to enlist ABS on 3rd acceleration run's stop from 90 mph."SLALOM
60.5 mph (58.6, 58.3 -- both of which were limited by stability control. Veracruz is not)
Walton: "Considering its size, the Veracruz dances pretty well for a seven-seater. An abrupt lift off the throttle initiates an immediate tail-wag (see video). I managed to catch the Veracruz's power steering pump running late. Steering felt linear until it locked up briefly."SKIDPAD
0.80g (0.76g, 0.79g)
Walton: "'Directionality' is highly susceptible to throttle application -- lift and the Veracruz rotates. Stability control is truly off."