Comparo: Lexus RX350 vs. Hyundai Veracruz

Posted on 01. Dec, 2008 by in Auto News

A note to TTAC's best and brightest: If this comparo sounds familiar strange, that's because something stinks. But it is not the husky, smelly glue blows from the leather-wrapped Hyundai Veracuz. Nor is it the you-gotta-be-kidding popularity of a high-priced Toyota Camry sit on stilts. The radio comes to mention both in the same breath. But I swear on the grille of a wimpy B9 Tribeca that I never review a certain Motor Trend clarify this very idea. Fair enough?

Neither model disappointed the crossover breed: the mix of fast corners and a fast D-pillar (by a car-wannabe) work well with the relative advantage (so to speak) of a pretend SUV. Sure, both the Hyundai and Lexus will be cursed by the two-box design limitations, but imitation is the sincerest form of flattery: The Korean upstart has a good job ripping off the RX 350's recipe for success.

Until they inevitability park side-by-side on the local grocery store: The Veracruz is the Ugly Betty, the sharpness that is the RX 350 is Hilda Suarez sheet. Sure the Lexus badge has a flashier, but the expensive dress comes with a slimmer waist, toned buttocks and a flirtatious kick-up in the quarter windows. Score one for the original luxo CUV: the bloated, taperless contours of Veracruz send it deep into unwanted minivan field.

The race tightens within the boundaries of the two, assuming you have a bad case of anosmia. The Hyundai has a fine blend of the interior wood trim-ish, soft PVC, silver-colored plastic and chrome bits. At first glance, fit the Veracruz interior of the Lexus RX the trappings to the electroluminescent logos on the door sills. But the flat-black gauges are a bit depressed market, and the smell of The Ghosts of Hyundai's past is (tragically) present and accounted for. Hyundai take better their quality game from the usual image, sound and touch parameters, because no other brand in the competition in the area is $ 20,000 plus a new car smell these unattractive.

In contrast, the RX 350 is a safe haven for stressed soccer mom archetype that provides peace of mind. By a Japanese rock garden with no empty promises of a presidential campaign The wood and leather rimmed tiller feels more expensive than any vehicle remotely near its price range. Although Hyundai is its Japanese model for the inner content (real wood accents notwithstanding), the Lexus feels like a more expensive vehicle.

Even with larger accommodations of Hyundai something acceptable third row seats and think before, this is a no brainer: The Lexus promises beautiful trees, fragrant leather and beautiful Optitron gauges wins the day.

Motivate the £ 3800 RX 350, Toyota corporate 3.5L V6. It sports more power (10 hp) than the 3.8L V6 in the £ 4,300 Veracruz. Understand Stomp the RX 350 from the state and the front wheels for traction angry when the engine sings in first gear. Even with an additional forward gear, the Veracruz slow stately building steam, unhappy revving to an overloaded power peak. Although the Veracruz, the liquid was smooth mill the RX 350, its extra 500 pounds of girth are masking impossible. Advantage: Lexus.

Fortunately, the Veracruz More weight is translated a controlled ride on any surface. While RX 350 is soft and spongy, his lack of scope leads to less than inspiring control. With its top-heavy design to float-inducing motorways, the Lexus' cabin just the feeling of dropping hundreds of meters in a rickety wooden roller coaster, when his front suspension goes from unloaded to loaded. This is an easy win for the big body Hyundai.

On the handling front, we call it a draw. The smaller RX 350 cuts a corner with less inertia-fed, front-wheel drive push, lowering the holy shit factor for all occupants. But if you think one of these CUVs lick a remarkable dynamic qualities, please extend your automotive horizons. There is a reason why complain Pistonheads (gradual) extinction of the combination.

That is, we all know that minivans are the king performing mind-numbing amounts of stuff, almost like a car while driving. SUVs haul as any and teach smaller, lighter vehicles, the cold reality of Newtonian physics. True to do crossover form, the Hyundai Veracruz and Lexus RX 350 well none of the above remarkable. So there is no winner?

Negative! At $ 41k, which is nice loaded Lexus about $ 5,000 more than a Limited grade Veracruz. Factor in the stinky inside and the derivative "is not a game-changing Genesis" the powertrain and the luxo-budget Veracruz can not gel for that much coin. So if you (or your significant other) require a CUV, the pimp ride that will immediately impress your friends and neighbors: The Lexus is the winner of this challenge between two whips probably not cross-shopped.

Carmax if both vehicles, insurance and a tank of gas.