He concludes: "The 'Cruz doesn't bug you by trying to be 'modern' or 'techno'; it just does its job well." Copy editor James Dryden concurs: "Second time driving the Veracruz from L.A. to Arizona. What's changed? Nothing. Still the same smooth, almost luxury ride, with a killer sound system. Man, I could just keep driving this thing."

2008 Hyundai Veracruz
Months/miles in service 11/19,172
Avg econ/CO2 16.2 mpg/1.20 lb/mi
Unresolved problems None
Maintenance cost $341.76 (2 oil change/inspection/rotate tires, 1 replace cabin air filter)
Normal-wear cost $0