Is the 2008 Hyundai Veracruz a Real Cruiser?
May 13, 2008
Strawberry fields forever. The Hyundai Veracruz was great for taking in the sights, but not the sounds.
There's a lot to love about the 2008 Hyundai Veracruz. On my recent trip from L.A. to Carmel, Calif., and back, I experienced hour after hour of comfortable seating, intuitive controls, and DVD convenience (Hyundai even includes two sets of batteries for the headphones, which store nicely in the second-row console). But while Hyundai attempts to mimic its more expensive cousins, there's a couple things about crusing in this car that bother me.
First, I like a quiet cabin, and the Veracruz had some pronounced road and wind noise. Granted, I was moving quickly most of the time, but even at 60 mph, I felt it was noisier than I like. By 80mph, it sounded more like a wind tunnel.
Second, while I don't want a too-soft ride, the Veracruz' abilities to absorb the bumps in the road were less than ideal. Case in point: I I was trying to right-lane it for a while, because I had already received a speeding ticket (see below). (At least the CHP officer was nice -- he chopped quite a few miles off the ticket because we were honest about our speed. There's a lesson for you.) But the right lane was a little rougher, presumably from all the truck traffic, and those bumps entered the cabin -- disturbing my sleeping kids. And as any parent can tell you: keeping the kids asleep is priority numero uno.
Uh-oh. Looks like someone's going to be attending traffic school.
It was the same situation over road seams, changing surface conditions, etc. The ride wasn't stiff by any means, but it became apparent that, for all the luxurious touches inside, the Veracruz can't compete on sound dampening and road feel with cars that cost more. So while it's built for family cruising, it's not exactly the ideal cruiser. This wouldn't necessarily stop me from buying one, though. Priced at $26,900 for the base model, you still get more than your money's worth. More on that, later.
- Joanne Helperin, Senior Feature Editor @ 9100 miles