Packed with character and practicality, this little truck turns heads wherever it goes.
Welcome to a brave new world of trucks, little Santa Cruz.
This elongated Tucson-with-a-bed shares the crossover's cool front lighting signature.
But around back it sports a 52-inch bed.
While a naturally aspirated engine is standard, this tester features the 2.5T engine, which produces 282 horsepower and 311 pound-feet of torque.
That's mated to an eight-speed dual-clutch transmission putting the power down to all four wheels.
The bed features underfloor storage that's lockable, waterproof and drainable.
This all-wheel-drive tester can tow up to 5,000 pounds with a braked trailer, though front-drive examples lower that rating to 3,000 pounds.
The best thing about driving the Santa Cruz is that it's small and easy to maneuver. This is a utility vehicle that is at home in the city or further afield.
For advanced driver-assistance systems pick an SEL model or higher for standard forward-collision braking, lane-keeping assist, lane-following assist, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert and rear-seat occupancy alert.
The 2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz starts at $25,365 including $1,225 for destination but this fully loaded Limited tester comes in at a whopping $41,540.
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