Hyundai launched itself into the pickup truck segment with the all-new Santa Cruz in 2022. Unlike the Ford Ranger or Chevy Colorado, the Santa Cruz sits atop a unibody chassis, making it more like the Honda Ridgeline. With this pickup entering just its second model year, we expect the 2023 Hyundai Santa Cruz to be a carryover model.
On the outside, the current Santa Cruz’s Hyundai Tucson roots are evident with its segmented headlights, sharp shoulder line, and A-pillar rake. However, the Santa Cruz gets its own personality with a unique grille, hood, and front bumper. Around back, the Santa Cruz sets itself further apart with its truck bed and distinctive taillights. We expect this exterior design to remain the same in the 2023 Santa Cruz.
Inside, the current Santa Cruz is nearly the spitting image of the Hyundai Tucson. It boasts the same four-spoke steering wheel, digital gauge cluster, center stack layout, dash design, and more. With this being a cost-saving measure on what’s sure to be a low-volume vehicle, we expect this cabin to remain the same look in the 2023 Santa Cruz.
Under its hood, the current Santa Cruz features a standard 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that pumps out 191 horsepower and 181 pound-feet of torque. This power train pairs with an eight-speed automatic transmission and standard front-wheel drive or optional all-wheel drive. Buyers can opt for a 2.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder with 281 hp and 311 lb-ft of torque. This more powerful engine uses an eight-speed dual-clutch transmission and standard all-wheel drive. We expect these powertrain options to remain the same in the 2023 Santa Cruz.
The IIHS hasn’t completed crash tests on the Santa Cruz yet. We know it comes standard with automatic emergency braking with pedestrian and cyclist detection and active lane control. Optionally, buyers can add adaptive cruise control, blind-spot monitors, blind-spot cameras, and a surround-view camera system. We expect this safety gear to remain the same in the 2023 Santa Cruz.
Pricing & Release Date
There is no on-sale date for the 2023 Hyundai Santa Cruz, but we’ll update you as new information becomes available.
Pricing also remains unconfirmed. With no changes, though, we expect the 2023 Santa Cruz to carry the same MSRP range as the current model: $25,175-$40,905 (destination fees included).
This compact pickup will compete with the Ford Ranger, Honda Ridgeline, and Nissan Frontier.
Pictured: 2021 Santa Cruz