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2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz

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2022 2.5L SE Front-Wheel Drive
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Price:   -  From $24,440
2022 2.5L SE All-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $25,940
2022 2.5L SEL Front-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $27,640
2022 2.5L SEL All-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $29,140
2022 2.5T SEL Premium All-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $36,130
2022 2.5T Limited All-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $40,170
Expert Rating
3.2 (Good)

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: Below average vehicle. Not recommended, and lacking attributes a car buyer would come to expect for the price.

: Poor vehicle. Simply does not deserve to be on the road.

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Overview

What's New

The all-new 2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz combines the passenger cabin of a compact crossover with the open cargo bed of a pickup. Hyundai calls the Santa Cruz a sport adventure vehicle, placing it in a class by itself. We think of the Santa Cruz as part of an emerging breed of compact pickups that focus on recreation rather than work.

Choosing Your Santa Cruz

The new Santa Cruz is offered in four trim levels: SE, SEL, SEL Premium, and Limited. Pricing starts at $25,215 including destination and goes to $40,945 for the Limited.

Engine Choices

The SE and SEL carry a normally aspired four-cylinder engine, while the SEL Premium and Limited get a turbocharged version.

Engine TypeHorsepowerTorqueFuel Economy (Combined)
2.5L 4-Cylinder191 hp181 lb-ft23 mpg
2.5L Turbo 4-Cylinder281 hp311 lb-ft22 mpg

The SE and SEL start out with front-wheel drive, and all-wheel drive is available for $1,500. AWD is standard on the SEL Premium and Limited. An eight-speed automatic transmission is standard, along with paddle shifters on turbo models.

With the standard drivetrain, the Santa Cruz can tow up to 3,500 pounds. Capacity increases to 5,000 pounds with the turbo engine and AWD.

Passenger and Cargo Capacity

The Santa Cruz feels roomier than it really is thanks to abundant headroom. The cabin provides room for five on par with the typical compact crossover.

The bed is 52.1 inches long at the bottom, tapering to 48.4 inches at the top. That's about two feet shorter than a conventional pickup, but the open design provides more cargo-carrying possibilities than a crossover. The Santa Cruz also offers a storage compartment under the bed floor and a removable storage bin under the rear seat.

Hyundai Santa Cruz

Safety Features

Every Santa Cruz comes equipped with lane-keeping assist, automatic high beams, driver alertness monitoring, rear occupant alert, and automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection.

The SEL models also get blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert. Moving up to the Limited brings adaptive cruise control and a surround-view camera.

Connectivity

The standard infotainment setup includes an 8-inch touchscreen, six speakers, two USB ports, HD radio, and wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility. The SEL adds satellite radio, and the SEL Premium tacks on wireless device charging.

The Limited gets an eight-speaker Bose system, navigation, a 10.25-inch touchscreen, and two rear USB ports.

Hyundai Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz SE — MSRP From $25,215

The SE covers the basics, like keyless entry, air conditioning, and power accessories. Seats are upholstered in stain- and odor-resistant fabric. The exterior gets LED taillights and 18-inch alloy wheels.

Santa Cruz SEL — MSRP From $28,415

The popularly equipped SEL picks up an eight-way power driver seat, heated front seats, push-button start, proximity key access, and heated side mirrors with integrated turn signals. The expansive Activity Package ($3,270) includes wireless charging, a sunroof, a 10.25-inch digital instrument cluster, a sliding rear window with defogger, roof rails, an integrated bed cover, LED bed lighting, and cargo bed channels.

Santa Cruz SEL Premium — MSRP From $36,905

In return for its steeper price, the SEL Premium comes with the turbocharged engine, standard AWD, and everything in the Activity Package. Other upgrades include LED headlights, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, dual-zone automatic climate control, and an auto-dimming rearview mirror with integrated home remote.

Santa Cruz Limited — MSRP From $40,945

The Limited offers a leather interior with ventilated front seats and a heated steering wheel. Automatic wipers are also standard. The exterior receives unique LED running lights, dark chrome trim, and 20-inch wheels.

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CarsDirect Tip

There's a clear distinction between the lower and upper halves of the 2022 Hyundai Sants Cruz lineup. The SE and SEL are suited to those attracted to the Santa Cruz for its traditional truck qualities. The plusher SEL Premium and Limited are more for crossover fans looking for a taste of the wild side.

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Expert Review

Pros
  • Striking good looks
  • Potent turbo powertrain
  • Good towing
  • Loads of in-cab storage
Cons
  • Unimpressive bed
  • No thrifty hybrid option
  • Not built for off-roading
  • No wireless smartphone integration with 10.3-inch screen
Expert Rating
3.2 (Good)

Our expert ratings are based on seven comprehensive criteria: quality, safety, comfort, performance, fuel economy, reliability history and value.

You can interpret our ratings in the following way:

: Outstanding vehicle. Only the most exceptional vehicles achieve this rating.

: Very Good vehicle. Very good and close to being the best vehicle in its class.

: Good vehicle. Decent, but not quite the best. Often affordable, but lacking key features found in vehicles of the same class.

: Below average vehicle. Not recommended, and lacking attributes a car buyer would come to expect for the price.

: Poor vehicle. Simply does not deserve to be on the road.

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Crossover + pickup = crickup? The Honda Ridgeline brought the SUV-pickup mashup back with its return after a short hiatus in 2017. Now, Hyundai is joining in on the fun with its all-new Santa Cruz compact pickup.

This mashup of the Hyundai Tucson and a pickup truck does plenty of great things, but like all mashups, there are some hang-ups that buyers may not appreciate. Find out below if the Santa Cruz does enough good to appeal to buyers.

It looks tough, but it’s no off-road rig. The 2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz wears a unique, bulldog-like look with its stepped-lighting grille, upright nose, sharp body lines, wide stance, and bulging taillights. Like any good dad bod, its flabbiness is in the center, where the crossover-like four-door cabin takes hold. But it’s otherwise more relatively athletic looking.

Despite this athletic look, the Santa Cruz performs like the crossover it’s based upon. This means minimal off-road capabilities.

Shoppers seeking a truck with legitimate off-road chops will want to look at the Toyota Tacoma, Ford Ranger, or Chevy Colorado. Each of these models have true off-road trim levels that’ll satisfy any weekend warrior.

Slick in-cab storage with lots of room, but the bed’s lacking. The interior is chock-full with slick storage cubbies, including a storage well under the 60/40 split rear seat. The rear seats are also surprisingly comfortable with up to a 21-degree slant and 36.5 inches of legroom. Sure, this isn’t crossover-style legroom, but it beats the Ford Maverick.


Hyundai Santa Cruz

The cabin is also well-equipped with a standard 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system that includes wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. In an odd packaging issue, moving into the larger 10.3-inch touchscreen means you must sacrifice wireless smartphone integration.

The bed is more Subaru Baja than pickup truck, as it’s a few inches shorter than the Ford Maverick. However, the Santa Cruz is still a useful pickup, as it can haul a 4-by-8-foot sheet of plywood between the wheel wells with the tailgate lowered. Also, according to Hyundai, you can cram four 29-inch mountain bikes in there.

Potent powertrain with spotty fuel economy. Under the Santa Cruz’s hood lies a standard 191-horsepower 2.5-liter engine, but the real talk of the town is its 2.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder. This engine pumps 281 hp and 311 pound-feet of torque through an eight-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission for an impressive 5,000-pound towing capacity.

The Santa Cruz has hungry powertrains, though. The base engine gets 21 miles per gallon city, 27 highway, and 23 combined. The turbo engine drops this to 19 mpg city. 27 highway, and 22 combined.

The Ford Maverick is the fuel-economy king with its standard hybrid powertrain that’s projected to deliver 40 mpg city and 37 combined.

Final thoughts. Need a truck bed but not ready to commit to a truck? The 2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz delivers just that with its crossover-like cabin and truck-style bed. However, it’s neither a crossover nor a truck, putting it in a tight niche that only specific buyers will appreciate.

Buyers who want a “real” small pickup with higher towing capacities and off-road capabilities will need to look at the Toyota Tacoma, Ford Ranger, or Chevy Colorado.

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Specs & Features

Highlights
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Not Available
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
2.5L I-4 / 191 HP / 181 ft.lbs.
Transmission
8-spd SHIFTRONIC w/OD
Drive Type
Front-wheel
Fuel Economy - City/Highway/Combined
21 / 26 / 23 Mpg
Passenger Capacity
5
Bumper to Bumper Warranty
60 Months / 60,000 Miles
Mechanical Specs
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
2.5L I-4 / 191 HP / 181 ft.lbs.
Drive Type
Front-wheel
Fuel Economy - City/Hwy/Combined
21 / 26 / 23 Mpg
Brakes
4-wheel Disc
Front Suspension
Strut
Rear Suspension
Independent Multi-link
Spare Tire And Wheel
Compact Steel
Fuel Tank
17.7 Gal.
Recommended Fuel Type
Regular Unleaded
Average Cost To Fill Tank
$68
Dimensions & Capabilities
Maximum Cargo Volume
Passenger Volume
102 Cu.ft.
Exterior Length
195.7 "
Exterior Width
75.0 "
Exterior Height
66.7 "
Front Headroom
40.7 "
Rear Headroom
40.1 "
Front Legroom
41.4 "
Rear Legroom
36.5 "
Front Shoulder Room
57.6 "
Rear Shoulder Room
56.1 "
Front Hip Room
Rear Hip Room
Curb Weight
3,704 Lbs.
Wheel Base
118 "
Turning Radius
19.8 '
Exterior Features
Door Count
4 Doors
Wheels
18.0 " Machined W/painted Accents Aluminum
Paint
Clearcoat Monotone / Pearlcoat Monotone
Exterior Mirrors
Dual Power Remote
Bumpers
Front Body-colored
Grille Moldings
Metal-look
Rear Spoiler
Lip
Exhaust
Stainless Steel
Interior Features
Seating
Passenger Capacity
5
Seat Trim
Premium Cloth
Front Seat Type
Bucket
Heated Front Seats
Front Driver Seat Direction Controls
6-way
Front Passenger Seat Direction Controls
4-way
Front Armrests
6-way
Rear Armrests
Rear Seats
60-40 Split-bench
Radio & Infotainment
Radio
Am/fm/hd, Clock, Seek-scan
Speakers
6
Radio Steering Wheel Controls
Apple Car Play
Android Auto
Bluetooth w/ Hands-Free Connectivity
Convenience Features
Steering Wheel Type
Telescopic Tilt
Climate Control
Cruise Control
With Steering Wheel Controls
Sun Roof
Rearview Mirror
Day-night / Auto-dimming Day-night
One Touch Open Window
Driver
Tinted Windows
Deep
Vanity Mirrors
Remote Keyless Entry
Keyfob (all Doors)
Power Outlets
2
Safety Features
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Overall Front Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Overall Side Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Rollover Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Front Impact Airbags
Driver And Passenger
Driver Side Impact Airbags
Seat Mounted
Knee Airbag
Passenger Side Impact Airbag
Seat Mounted
Rear Side Airbag
Seatbelt Pretensioners
Front
Anti-Lock Brakes
4-wheel Anti-lock Brakes (abs)
Forward Collision Warning
Forward Collision-avoidance Assist (fca) W/pedestrian Detection Forward Collision Mitigation
Blind Spot Sensor
Lane Departure Warning
Lane Keeping Assist (lka) Lane Departure
Autonomous Cruise Control
Lane Following Assist (lfa) Hands-on Steering Assist
Pedestrian Detection
Forward Collision-avoidance Assist (fca) W/pedestrian/cyclist Detection Pedestrian Detection Prevention
Driver Attention Alert
Driver Attention Warning (daw) Driver Attention
Daytime Running Lights
Auto High Beams
High Beam Assist (hba) Auto High-beam
Adaptive Headlights
Parking Sensors
Security Systems
Security System
Panic Alarm
Ignition Disable
Immobilizer
Warranty
Bumper To Bumper Months Miles
60 Months / 60,000 Miles
Major Components Months
120 Months / 100,000 Miles
Included Maintenance Months
36 Months / 36,000 Miles
Roadside Assistance Months
60 Months / Unlimited Miles
Corrosion Perforation
84 Months / Unlimited Miles
Accessories Months
12 Months / 12,000 Miles

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