2008 Hyundai Veracruz

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What Changed for 2008:
  • LG navigation system optional on Limited

  • Power tilt/telescoping steering wheel standard on Limited

  • Memory for driver's seat, mirrors and steering wheel standard on Limited

  • Adjustable pedals standard on Limited

  • Proximity key standard on Limited

  • Rain-sensing wipers standard on Limited

  • Power tailgate optional on SE

  • 115-volt outlet optional on SE, standard on Limited
Introduced last year, the Veracruz is Hyundai's first venture into the big CUV market, where it competes against models like the Mazda CX-9, Ford Edge, Buick Enclave and Honda Pilot. Based on a stretched version of the Santa Fe, the 7-seat Veracruz features car-style unibody construction and a 4-wheel independent suspension. The Veracruz isn't just about size: Hyundai is pitching it as a luxury model, with premium features such as extra sound deadening and \"semi-active\" electronic engine mounts designed to keep the cabin quiet and vibration-free. To bolster the Veracruz's luxury image, several features which were optional on last year's Limited model are now standard on the 2008 Veracruz Limited.

Model Lineup
The 2008 Hyundai Veracruz is offered in GLS, SE and Limited trim levels. The GLS comes with air conditioning; power windows, locks and mirrors; remote keyless entry; CD/MP3 player; XM satellite radio; 17-inch alloy wheels; trip computer; and cruise control. Bluetooth phone compatibility is optional, as is a Premium package consisting of a power sunroof; power driver's seat; heated front seats; leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob; and a back-up warning system.

The SE model adds automatic headlights; roof rack side rails; fog lights; auto-dimming mirrors; 18-inch wheels; leather-wrapped steering wheel; and a power driver's seat. Options include Bluetooth; a 115-volt power outlet; a Premium & Leather package (leather seating surfaces, power sunroof, power tailgate, heated front seats, Infinity audio and back-up warning system); and an Entertainment package (rear-seat DVD player with 8-inch screen, surround-sound audio and conversation mirror).

The top-of-the-line Limited gets a generous amount of new standard equipment for 2008, including a power-adjustable steering wheel and pedals; memory for the driver's seat, steering wheel and pedals; rain-sensing wipers; and a proximity key. Other standard Limited features include leather seats; chrome door handles; wiper de-icer; dual-zone climate control; 115-volt outlet; Infinity stereo with 6-disc CD changer; and heated front seats. Options for the Limited include Bluetooth, plus a rear-seat entertainment system and a new LG navigation system, both of which come bundled with an Infinity Logic 7 stereo system.

A 3.8-liter V-6 engine backed by a 6-speed automatic transmission is the sole powertrain for the 2008 Hyundai Veracruz; buyers can choose between front- or all-wheel drive (FWD or AWD). Engine output is 260 hp at 6000 rpm and 257 lb.-ft. at 4500 rpm, and the Veracruz can tow up to 3500 pounds. EPA fuel economy estimates are 16 mpg city/23 mpg highway for FWD models, 15 mpg city/22 mpg highway for AWD.

All 2008 Hyundai Veracruz models carry the same list of standard safety equipment. It includes front air bags, front-seat-mounted side air bags, 3-row side curtain air bags, anti-lock brakes, and electronic stability control. In National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) crash tests, the Veracruz scored a best-possible 5 stars in both front- and side-impact crashes; rollover rating was 4 stars. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) awarded the Veracruz a \"Top Safety Pick\" award thanks to its best-possible \"Good\" ratings for front and side impacts and standard electronic stability control.

To reduce noise, the 2008 Hyundai Veracruz uses what the automaker terms a semi-active engine mounting system. Three passive mounts combine with an active mount, which includes an rpm sensor and solenoid valve. Activated by engine vacuum, the active mount works to offset engine vibrations, and as a result Hyundai claims the Veracruz has less idle vibration and noise than a Lexus IS 350.

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