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2008 Hyundai Veracruz Styling

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Reviewers couldn’t resist the Lexus comparisons. Some, such as the Washington Post, actually thought the Hyundai the more attractive of the two. “It has a longer, more elegantly sculpted body than the RX350. Inside and out, it simply looks better,” beamed the Post reviewer, who continued: “Inside, it also feels better—more spacious, less cramped than the RX350.”

They weren’t gushing, however. Kelley Blue Book, also comparing the Veracruz to the RX 350, said, “Dual chrome exhaust outlets, a rear spoiler and available 18-inch wheels don't impart a sporty appearance as much as they defend against blandness.” Still looking at its exterior, KBB added, “Side mirrors with integrated turn indicators and puddle lights are a nice touch.”

The Veracruz’s curvier sheetmetal brings a little less practicality, yet avoids the boxy, traditional SUV look, and its Lexus-like interior styling might just fool you into thinking you’re in a more expensive vehicle.

The compliments were piled on regarding the Veracruz’s interior. Truck Trend appreciated the stylish looks and logical function and said, “Each portion of it is dedicated to its respective function: HVAC, audio, etc. The knobs and buttons are easy to understand and do what you want them to in an intuitive way.” Popular Mechanics singled out the overhead mood lighting and illuminated doorsill plates, while MyRide.com applauded the interior design as inviting and warm, and also saw plenty of hints of the Lexus, but noticed that the dash’s flattop reflected glare in daylight.

As TheCarConnection.com found in firsthand experience with the Veracruz, its curvy silhouette comes with a sacrifice compared with boxier models: its more aggressively arched roofline does restrict space at the back of the vehicle, behind the third row seat especially.

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