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The Drive 's review is pretty good and pretty much on point with everyone else's review. I have to disagree with the author about "how back-breakingly stiff this car’s suspension is." I know it's rough, especially for me coming from the Grand Touring edition of the Genesis Coupe, but as noted throughout this forum: it ain't THAT bad. I've compared it to a coworker's 08 WRX STi (that he auto-crosses) and another's 17 Fiesta ST, and I find the VN to be less harsh than both of them (even in N-mode).

It’s really the first part of my test, the ill-maintained, craggy pavement between here and there offering good insight into how a car handles **** asphalt. Even in the Veloster N’s softest suspension setting, I felt every single bump, undulation, and road crack come through the chassis, steering wheel, suspension, and seat.

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The road’s surface, however, has seen flooding, earthquakes, landslides and plenty of unforgiving sun, and with the Veloster N in its Race setting, I felt like I was attached to a jackhammer’s spike.
Now, there are some terrible roads around here, and personally, I don't do my daily driving in N-mode (though I know a lot of you forum owners do). We've got some TERRIBLY maintained roads around here that I have to take, but I've never felt disconnected to the road or loss of steering "feel" nor would I compare it to being attached to a jackhammer. Dropping to 18" wheels and better tires would be a much cheaper and more worthwhile "fix" versus suggesting upgrading the dampers if your back is THAT sensitive. ;)

Still, I thought it a worthwhile review.

And yes, I don't think the Base MSRP or Price as Tested is correct.

--JamesT
 

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I run in the purple N mode with everything at full bore except the steering and suspension. Those are both on normal... Works just great!!!!
 
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I use N Custom as well, and have suspension as "normal" and I think steering is at sport. There are a few good roads around here to run on, but they have brief sections that are so bad you spend a lot of time bouncing in the seat. And I can't imagine changing the dampers would be the best idea if you can just get that reprogramming module to adjust the modes.
 
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