With so many shoppers making the switch from big SUVs to almost equally large crossovers, carmakers have gone to extremes in defining a new look for these car-based utility vehicles. There's the passionately drawn Buick Enclave, for one, and the resolutely right-angled Ford Flex, for another. A few even resort to overt SUV styling cues to hedge their bets, even when it doesn't work--isn't that right, Honda Pilot?
The Hyundai Veracruz looks contemporary as a Lexus RX, but it's not a particularly distinctive vehicle. It's rounded in all the right ways, but we can't find many angles where the Veracruz is truly memorable to look at. It's good-looking, sure, but there isn't much detail applied to the sheetmetal. There's none of the drama infused into Hyundai's newest vehicles--like the Veloster, the Elantra, and the Sonata--just a big helping of tasteful curves that cut a straight line between bland and handsome.