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Our Rating3.9/5
Price$25,450 - $40,320
Engine2.5-liter 4-cylinder / 2.5-liter turbo 4-cylinder
Power191 hp / 281 hp
Torque181 lb-ft / 311 lb-ft
DrivetrainFWD / AWD


Funky looks, fun to drive, full of features


Needs the turbo engine to come alive, the least useful pickup in the pickup segment, becomes too pricey at the top

Bottom Line

The Santa Cruz is a style-first truck, more about image than workhorse status. That said, if you only occasionally need to actually tow or haul, it gives you all the comfort of a modern crossover with the added usefulness.

2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz Review: First Drive

Hyundai doesn’t want you to use the T-word.

The 2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz might look like a truck. It will haul things like a truck, and tow like a truck, too. Smaller amounts than other trucks, in both cases, but haul and tow nonetheless. It’s not a truck though, according to the Korean automaker.

Instead, Hyundai insists on calling the Santa Cruz a Sport Adventure Vehicle, a… vehicle-with-bed to complement the excellent Tucson compact crossover. It’s a move we’ve seen elsewhere: Kia calls its latest minivan a Life Utility Vehicle, and BMW also uses SAV (“Sport Activity Vehicle” here) for its crossovers.

Is this more marketing-led madness? I spent two days criss-crossing southern Ontario in Hyundai’s latest to see if it’s truly a segment-buster—and more importantly, if it’s any good.

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Ford Maverick vs Hyundai Santa Cruz Comparison: Same But Different

These two baby pickup trucks aren’t comparable.

Yes, we mean it: the 2022 Ford Maverick and Hyundai Santa Cruz both target two very different parts of the market. Yet it’s the comparison so many are clamoring for. The paucity of small pickups prior to these two, and their proximity in launch timing, has forced them together in our collective consciousness, like Armageddon and Deep Impact. Just instead of questionable-quality disaster films, we have two unibody trucklets.

The Maverick is for those who miss the times a work truck was just that, but decry the gargantuan proportions of modern half-tons. Meanwhile, the Santa Cruz is funkier, more a product of the modern, lifestyle-focused times. Make the comparison to the cult classic Subaru Baja, and even Hyundai spokespeople nod in agreement.

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Hyundai Santa Cruz vs Honda Ridgeline Comparison: Generational Shift

“I guess you guys aren’t ready for that yet, but your kids are gonna love it.” – Marty McFly.

In the mid 2000s, alternative pickup trucks were all the rage. Chevrolet had the Avalanche, Ford had the Explorer Sport Trac and even Hummer got in on the action with the H2 SUT. If you’re noticing a common thread with these vehicles, it’s that none of them are still being produced. It turns out, consumers at the time didn’t see the point in trucks that were more like body-on-frame SUVs.

Now though, there’s a new breed of alternative truck in town. Sleek and efficient featuring unibody construction, the refreshed 2022 Honda Ridgeline and all-new 2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz are leading the charge and creating quite the buzz. They both promise to be lifestyle vehicles for a generation raised by an SUV status quo, but which one should you spend your actual money on? Let’s find out.

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Ford Maverick vs Hyundai Santa Cruz: Which Compact Pickup is Right for You?

Back in 2006, in the span of two months, Hollywood released two movies centered on magicians: The Illusionist and The Prestige.

Sometimes these things happen; two parties will come to a similar on-paper conclusion to the same issue, completely separately. Ford and Hyundai know what I’m talking about: both revealed their compact pickups, the Maverick and Santa Cruz, within two months of each other, too.

Here’s the catch, though: just as both of those movies turned out to be quite different, so are these baby trucks. They target two niches of the same segment, and depending on your needs, one may be a smarter bet than the other.

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Detailed Specs

Price$25,450 - $40,320
Engine2.5-liter 4-cylinder / 2.5-liter turbo 4-cylinder
Power191 hp / 281 hp
Torque181 lb-ft / 311 lb-ft
DrivetrainFWD / AWD
Transmission8AT / 8DCT
Fuel Economy (city/hwy)19–22 mpg / 25–27 mpg
Cargo Capacity27.0 cu ft

Our Final Verdict

Hyundai Santa Cruz



Quality and Styling8.0
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