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2008 Hyundai Veracruz Trims

GLS

Avg. Price: $14,681

A 260-hp, 3.8-liter DOHC V6 with 257 lb-ft of torque powers the 2008 Hyundai Veracruz GLS, a front-wheel drive crossover SUV that seats seven in three rows. Paired with Hyundai's new 6-speed Shiftronic transmission, the engine delivers around 17/26 mpg. Riding on a fully independent suspension and 17-inch alloy wheels with all-season tires, the 2008 Veracruz GLS is packed with safety features, including electronic brakeforce, 4-wheel disc and ABS brakes, dual front and side curtain airbags for all three rows, a tire monitor, traction and stability control, automatic headlights, and mirrors with turn signals. It earns 5 stars in crash tests, with four stars for rollover ratings. Rain-sensing wipers, foglights, and rear parking sensors are available.

Inside the GLS you'll find family-friendly features, such as four power outlets (2 in front, 1 in back, 1 in the trunk), a cooler console, rear

climate control, full power features, satellite radio, and a CD/MP3 player. Keyless entry, intermittent front and rear wipers, wheel-mounted cruise and audio controls, privacy glass, and a trip computer are also standard. The second row split-folds 60/40, while the third row splits 50/50 and folds flat. Outside is a standard rear spoiler and front air dam. An available roof rack and cargo tray add more storage features, and an optional tow hitch can carry up to 3500 pounds. Other options include sound-insulating carpeted floor mats, a first aid kid, and a package that features an 8-way power driver's seat, sunroof, heated seats, and leather trim.

GLS AWD

Avg. Price: $15,894

Full-time AWD with a mechanical center differential improves road grip in the 2008 Hyundai Veracruz GLS AWD. Though not designed for off-roading, it does add to the level of security already offered by the GLS. Five-star crash ratings are a result of the standard 17-inch alloy wheels with all-season tires, front and rear stabilizer bars, 4-wheel disc and ABS brakes, traction and stability control, and six airbags (dual front and side curtain for all three rows). Other safety features include automatic headlights, mirror turn signals, and a tire monitor. Power is supplied by a 3.8-liter, 260-hp DOHC V6 and 6-speed automatic with manual mode. The heavier AWD system reduces fuel economy to aroudn 15/22. Exterior design elements include a rear spoiler, step boards, and a front air dam.

The 2008 Veracruz GLS AWD seats seven in three rows. With all rows up, the small cargo area holds only 6.5 cubic feet. With the second row slid forward and the third row folded flat, cargo space expands to 87 cubic feet. A cargo cover, tie-downs and power outlet are standard. A shelf can be added. Cupholders, power outlets, and climate control for all rows are nice conveniences. Standard features include wheel-mounted cruise and audio control, XM satellite radio and a CD/MP3 player, intermittent front and rear wipers, a full power setup, keyless entry, a trip computer, and a compass and temperature display. Options add a sunroof, heated seats, an 8-way power driver's seat, first aid kit, and leather trim. Storage options include a roof rack and tow hitch.

Limited

Avg. Price: $15,988

At the upper end of the 2008 Hyundai Veracruz lineup, the Limited offers an unbelievable number of standard features in a crossover SUV at a somewhat affordable price compared to the competition. Under the hood is a 3.8-liter, 260-hp DOHC V6 with variable valve timing and a 6-speed shiftable automatic. The Limited adds every option available on other trims. These include a power sunroof, power liftgate, leather upholstery, and power front seats (8-way driver, 4-way passenger), with memory settings for the seat, mirrors, and steering wheel position. On the safety side, you get rain-sensing wipers and backup sensors, in addition to ABS brakes, traction and stability control, dual front and side curtain airbags for all rows, a tire-pressure monitor, mirrors with turn signals, foglights, automatic headlights, and an auto-dimming rearview mirror.

The 2008 Veracruz Limited seats seven, with both the second and third rows folding flat. The second row slides forward for rear access, and the cargo area expands to 87 cubic feet. A cover and tie-downs are standard, and a shelf can be added. A standard roof rack and optional tow hitch add more storage and hauling flexibility. Equipped with full power features, remote entry, cruise control, a CD/MP3 player and satellite radio with eight speakers, wheel-mounted and backseat audio controls, dual-zone climate control, a trip computer, and intermittent front and rear wipers, the Limited makes driving easy and comfortable. A center console hides a beverage cooler, and there are power outlets in the front and second rows as well as the cargo area. A first aid kit is optional, along with an Infinity surround sound system and DVD player with remote control.

Limited AWD

Avg. Price: $16,821

The Veracruz Limited AWD's full-time all-wheel drive can't be taken off-roading, but it does provide an increased feeling of security in tough weather and road conditions. Hyundai's biggest car is also its most luxurious, with leather seating, power front seats, memory settings for the seats, mirrors, and steering wheel, and a power sunroof. This adds to what you already get on the SE trim - full power features, wheel-mounted cruise and audio controls, leather trim, a CD changer/MP3 player, satellite radio, a trip computer, security system, remote entry and garage opener, and a console that does double time as a cooler. Seven people fit in three rows. The second row splits 60/40 and slides forward, while the third row splits 50/50 and folds flat. Trunk space is small, starting at 6.5 cubic feet and maxing out at 87 with the second and third rows foled flat, but a roof rack is standard and a tow hitch (for up to 3,500 pounds) is optional. The 2008 Veracruz Limited AWD also features a power liftgate.

Powered by a 3.8-liter, 260-hp DOHC V6 and 6-speed shiftable automatic, the AWD comes with a mechanical center differential and 18-inch alloy wheels with all-season tires. Intermittent front and rear wipers are standard, along with automatic headlights, foglights, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, backup sensors, and mirrors with turn signals. An outstanding five-star safety rating is earned through standard ABS brakes, electronic brakeforce distribution, traction and stability control, a tire monitor, and six airbags, including side curtain bags for all three rows. The exterior features step boards for easier access and a rear spoiler for a sportier appearance. If music doesn't keep the kids happy, you can add a DVD player and surround sound. A first aid kit is also optional, along with carpeted mats and a cargo tray.

SE

Avg. Price: $14,348

Powered by a 3.8-liter, 260-hp DOHC V6 with variable valve timing and a 6-speed Shiftronic transmission, the 2008 Hyundai Veracruz SE combines luxury, safety, and versatility in a large front-wheel drive crossover. Like the base GLS, the SE offers traction and stability control, electronic brakeforce distribution, 4-wheel disc and ABS brakes, automatic headlights, six airbags (dual front, side curtains), and a tire monitor. But it adds foglights, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, and larger 18-inch alloy wheels with all-season tires to the equipment list. Rear parking sensors can also be added.

Seating seven in three rows, the 2008 Veracruz SE carries anywhere from 6-87 cubic feet of cargo, with legroom in both rear rows bigger than in the Santa Fe. The second row slides forward and split-folds 60/40, while the rear seat split-folds flat 50/50. Cupholders, rear climate control, and power outlets serve all rows. A center storage console features a cooler. The SE adds an 8-way power driver's seat, leather steering wheel trim, and a standard roof rack to the base features (power windows, locks, and mirrors, cruise control, a CD/MP3 player, satellite radio, security system, intermittent front and rear wipers, and a trip computer). There are more available options with the 2008 Veracruz SE, including a 6-CD changer and DVD system with remote and wireless headseats. Heated leather seats, a sunroof, power liftgate, and first aid kit are also available.

SE AWD

Avg. Price: $16,364

The 2008 Hyundai Veracruz SE AWD's full-time AWD and mechanical center differential add a bit of weight to the seven-seat SUV, reducing fuel economy to 15 city/22 highway and towing capacity to 3,500 pounds. But they also add security in tricky driving situations. Combined with 18-inch alloy wheels and all-season tires, electronic brakeforce distribution, 4-wheel ABS and disc brakes, traction and stability control, a tire-pressure monitor, and dual front and side curtain airbags, this trim package gets five-star crash ratings. Other safety features include an auto-dimming rearview mirror and foglights, and backup sensors are available as an option. The 2008 Veracruz SE AWD boasts a 260-hp, 3.8-liter DOHC V6 and 6-speed Shiftronic transmission that deliver 257 ft-lbs of torque.

Like the front-wheel drive SE, the AWD comes standard with an 8-way power driver's seat, rear climate control, full power features, wheel-mounted cruise and audio controls for the CD/MP3 player and satellite radio, intermittent front and rear wipers, leather trim, a trip computer, temperature and compass display, and security system. Two cupholders per row and four power outlets, including a new one in the trunk, and a console/beverage cooler keep passengers entertained. A roof rack is standard on the SE AWD, and a tow hitch can be added to supplement the cargo area. With the rear seats folded flat and the second row folded and pushed forward, capacity expands from 6.5 to 87 cubic feet. New options this year include a power tailgate in addition to a sunroof, leather seats, a 6-CD changer, DVD player, and first aid kit.