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2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz: Remixing the pickup truck

Hyundai combines a bit of pickup truck capability with a healthy dose of SUV drivability to great effect.

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Hyundai's new Santa Cruz remixes the small crossover platform with the bed of a pickup truck.

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Based on the same unibody platform as the Tucson, front-wheel drive is standard. HTRAC all-wheel drive is available as an option.

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With just a 4-foot bed, the Santa Cruz isn't targeted at traditional truck shoppers.

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Rather this "sport adventure vehicle," to use Hyundai's marketing speak, is aimed at SUV shoppers looking for a touch more utility.

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The gas-damped tailgate drops slowly with a tug of the handle or remotely via the key fob.

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A 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine makes 191 horsepower in the base configuration. An optional turbocharged upgrade boosts output to 281 hp.

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An optional factory-installed tonneau cover is a must-get option, adding much needed security to the bed when not hauling bulky items. This is especially crucial since there is no dedicated trunk or hatch.

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The Santa Cruz's bed isn't too tall to reach into, but standard bumper steps help all the same.

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Yes, the bed is on the short side, but there's plenty of footprint for most hobbyist hauling and errand running.

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Check out our first drive review for more details and impressions.

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