2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz

MSRP $23,990 - $39,720

Ranked #2 in Compact Pickup-truck

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2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: December 21, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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Introducing Hyundai’s first-ever entrant into the pickup segment, the 2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz. This all-new vehicle is a twist of everything that you can name- a sports sedan, crossover, SUV, and pickup truck. Let’s call it a compact pickup truck for our sake, as evident by its open box on its back. Hyundai claims that the Santa Cruz might appeal to a wide flavor of the audience, including the likes of adventure seekers, outdoor enthusiasts, and commercial drivers.

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Pros

Practical storage options

Impressive towing capacity

Easy to drive in the town

Cons

Inefficient engine

Small bed size

Lacks in off-road department

What's New?

Hyundai’s first pickup truck 

First entrant into the recently revived compact pickup segment

Two efficient powertrains borrowed from the Hyundai Tucson

New cutting-edge tech and safety suite


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Features

vehicle bio

base price

$23990

bodystyle

4dr Crew Cab

passenger capacity

5

drivetrain

front wheel drive

engine type

displacement

152 cu.in.

horsepower

191 hp @ 6100 rpm

torque

181 lb.-ft. @ 4000 rpm

transmission

8-Speed Automatic

chassis

suspension front

Strut

suspension rear

Multi-Link

brake rotors (f/r)

12.8/12.8 in.

dimensions

wheelbase

118.3 in.

length

195.7 in.

width

75 in.

height

66.7 in.

curb weight

3704 lbs.

ground clearance

8.6 in.

capacity

cargo volume

27 cu ft.

payload capacity

1753 lbs.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

21/23/21 mpg

highway range

460.2 mi.

warranty

roadside assistance

No


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Trims

SE$23,990 onwards

  • 60/40-Split rear seats
  • 8-Inch touchscreen
  • Android Auto
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Composite cargo bed
  • Lane keeping assist

SEL$27,190 onwards

  • Heated Front Seats
  • Heated mirrors
  • Lockable cargo bed storage bin
  • Proximity keyless entry
  • Push-Button start

SEL Premium$35,680 onwards

  • Digital key capability
  • Dual-Zone automatic climate control
  • Leather-Wrapped steering wheel
  • Led headlights

Limited$39,720 onwards

  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Bose premium sound system
  • Leather upholstery
  • Rear-seat USB ports
  • Ventilated front seats

Colors and Styles

2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz in Anthracite Gray color
Anthracite Gray

Vehicle images are guides only and may not reflect the model's exact specifications/features– exact specifications/features should be confirmed with the seller.

Ratings

Pricing and Features

8.0

Engine and Performance

8.0

Fuel Economy

8.0

Interior

8.0

Exterior

8.0

Safety

8.0

Competition

7.5

7.9

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

7.9

Overall Rating


For this, the Santa Cruz has everything on board that helps it to distinguish itself among the rest of its segment. Desirable traits include all-wheel drive, an efficient powertrain lineup, state-of-the-art interiors, a full-fledged safety suite, and Hyundai’s excellent after-sales services. In a nutshell, the Santa Cruz is a stellar compact alternative to other unibody pickups in its segments like the Honda Ridgeline and the Jeep Gladiator. Can the 2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz unravel the right winning formula to emerge as the leader of its new segment?


8.0/10
Engine and Performance

8.0/10
Fuel Economy

8.0/10
Interior

8.0/10
Exterior

8.0/10
Safety


2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz Features

The first-ever compact pickup truck or pickup truck from Hyundai is being offered with plenty of pride. Set to be released in 2021, Hyundai has already begun accepting reservations. Moreover, the reservations are trim-specific, with the Korean manufacturer releasing information on the four trims the 2022 Santa Cruz will be sold in.

Trims

SE

SEL

SEL Premium

Limited

MSRP 

$25,000

$27,500

$33,295

$38,000

Features

3500 lbs towing capacity and 1748 lbs payload capacity

In addition to/replacing features in the SE trim:

In addition to/replacing features in the SEL trim:

In addition to/replacing features in the SEL Premium trim:

 

8” touchscreen

Optional 10.25” digital information cluster 

Wet Dual Clutch automatic transmission

10.25” touchscreen

 

4.3 feet long composite molded bed

Blindspot collision avoidance assist

LED headlights

Premium Bose audio system

 

Android Auto and Apple CarPlay support

8-way power-adjustable heated driver seat with lumbar support

Two-zone automatic climate control

Heated and Ventilated leather seats

 

The removable storage bin under 2nd seating row

Heated rear side view mirrors 

Hyundai Digital Key

Blind-spot view monitor

 

Analog instrument cluster

Bluelink Connected Car System

Leather-wrapped steering wheel and gear shifter

Dark Chrome exterior accents

We Recommend

Since the pricing of the Hyundai Santa Cruz has not been finalized yet, it is hard to suggest a trim to buy. Nevertheless, judging by the specs, comfort, conveniences, and features on offer, the highest trim, or Limited trim, looks like a valuable purchase. Not only do you get robust mechanicals that Hyundai has claimed to be robust, but you also get plenty of technology that isn’t often found in a pickup, including a premium audio system, larger touchscreen, and blind-spot view monitor. If priced right, the Limited variant deserves a look if not an outright purchase.

2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz Engine and Performance

8.0/10

The 2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz is expected to offer two engine choices- a regular 2.5-liter inline-4 and a turbocharged variant of the same engine. This standard setup will pump out around 190 hp and 180 lb-ft of torque. Those who feel this engine may be a bit underpowered for the compact pickup also have the turbocharged inline-4 option at their disposal. This engine will be capable of a power output of 275 horses and 310 twisties. 

An 8-speed automatic gearbox by SHIFTRONIC is mated to both the engines, although the turbocharged variant comes with a wet dual-clutch setup. Power is sent to all the wheels through Hyundai’s excellent HTRAC all-wheel-drive setup. The Santa Cruz is rated at a towing capacity of 3500 pounds with the base engine, which can be extended up to 5000 pounds with the correct equipment and the turbo inline-4 engine.

Models

2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz (Expected)

2022 Ford Maverick

2022 Honda Ridgeline

2022 Jeep Gladiator

Base MSRP

$25000-$35000

$25000

$17,750

$33545

Engine

2.5-liter GDI MPI Inline-4

1.5-liter Turbo Inline-3 

3.5-liter V-6

3.6-liter V-6

Transmission

8-Speed SHIFTRONIC Automatic

8-Speed Automatic

9-Speed Automatic

6-Speed Manual/ 8-Speed automatic

Horsepower

190 hp

181 hp @ 6000 rpm

280 hp @ 6000 rpm

285 hp @ 6400 rpm

Torque

180 lb.-ft.

190 lb.-ft. @ 300- rpm

262 lb.-ft. @ 4700 rpm

260 lb.-ft. @ 3600 rpm

0-60 (Sec)

NA

NA

NA

7.9

Quarter Mile (Sec)

NA

NA

NA

16.1

Bigger rivals like the Honda Ridgeline and the Jeep Gladiator have a clear edge over the Hyundai Santa Cruz in terms of performance. Still, for a pickup its size, the base inline-4 engine seems adequate for daily purposes. However, this engine may run out of breath while towing. This is where the turbo 4-cylinder engine comes in as the savior, with its towing capacity capped at a similar figure to the Honda Ridgeline.

How does the 2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz Handle?

The Hyundai Santa Cruz has the advantage over its midsize rivals like the Gladiator and the Ridgeline thanks to its compact size. Theoretically, that should mean better maneuverability in tight city roads. The pickup has a tight curb-to-curb turning radius of 20 feet, which should genuinely be a gamechanger for its segment. We will quote in further detail once we get behind the steering wheel of a 2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz.

2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz Fuel Economy

8.0/10

The exact fuel economy figures of the 2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz aren’t yet disclosed either by Hyundai or the EPA. However, we expect the fuel economy figures to be in close range to most of its rivals. Until then stay tuned as we update this section with the real-world fuel economy figures once we get a hand on them.

Models

2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz (Expected)

2022 Ford Maverick

2022 Honda Ridgeline

2022 Jeep Gladiator

MPG (city)

NA

NA

18

17

MPG (highway)

NA

NA

24

22

MPG (combined)

NA

NA

21

19

Fuel tank capacity (gallons)

NA

NA

19.5

22

Range (city/highway) (miles)

NA

NA

NA

374/484

Since the fuel economy figures aren’t released, there is no scope for comparing the compact pickup truck with other rivals. We expect the MPG numbers of the Santa Cruz to be on par with most of its rivals, as it makes the use of a four-pot with the added advantage of forced induction, which should perform more efficiently than naturally aspirated V6 engines.

2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz Interior

8.0/10

Hyundai has a knack for creating attractive high-end cabins for all their vehicles even at a budget price tag. The 2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz’s cabin strikes all the right notes in terms of elegance and comfort. Even in terms of interior quality, the Santa Cruz will feature top-notch material and tech that you would find in costlier vehicles. As of now, not a lot can be said about the exact interior dimensions of the Santa Cruz. 

However, we do know that this compact pickup will be a 4-door model, which may be equivalent to a passenger seating of 5. Hyundai customers are also demanding a regular cab variant, so that may also be a possibility. The front seats will be heated and ventilated, and the driver’s seat will offer 8-way power with lumbar support. Leather seating surfaces and a power sunroof can also be equipped by paying extra. In terms of rear legroom, the Santa Cruz may suffer to some extent owing to its shorter wheelbase.

Models

2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz (Expected)

2022 Ford Maverick

2022 Honda Ridgeline

2022 Jeep Gladiator

Passenger Capacity

5

5

5

5

Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in.)

NA

NA

40.1/62/40.9

42.8/55.7/41.2

Second (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in.)

NA

NA

38.8/61.5/36.7

42.8/55.7/38.3

Cargo Capacity (cubic feet)

NA

NA

33.9

35.5

The 2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz features a 4.3-foot composite-molded bed, which is the shortest bed in its segment. Cargo figures are not known yet, but we hope this bed will be deep in terms of volume. Hyundai also offers convenient features within the cargo bed like a lockable tonneau cover and an in-trunk bed. The standout interior features include:

  • Leather seating surfaces
  • Power sunroof
  • Digital gauge cluster
  • Driver’s seat with 8-way power and lumbar support

2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz: Infotainment and Connectivity

Hyundai offers an 8-inch touchscreen or a bigger 10.25-inch one as a source of entertainment. However, the Korean brand leaves some questions to be asked by omitting physical controls for the infotainment and HVAC systems. Nevertheless, the Santa Cruz places emphasis on wireless connections, by offering wireless charging and wireless pairing for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. 

An 8-speaker Bose audio system is also available to play your favorite tunes on a high note. Hyundai also offers its Blue Link services free of charge for 3 years, with which the users get remote access for their truck, a bunch of apps, and Amazon Alexa. In a nutshell, the most intelligent tech onboard the Santa Cruz include:

  • 10.25-inch High-resolution touchscreen
  • 10.25-inch digital gauge cluster
  • Hyundai Digital Key
  • Bose 8-speaker audios system with subwoofer
  • Wireless charging

2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz Exterior

8.0/10

The 2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz is a unique mashup of a crossover, SUV, pickup truck, and an ordinary sedan when you first catch a glimpse of it. This weird yet compelling vehicle can be designated to belong to the compact pickup class. With its compact size smaller than most so-called midsize pickups on the market today, the Santa Cruz will feel right at home in the heart of the urban jungle. With its HTRAC all-wheel-drive, the Santa Cruz also offers off-roading capabilities to make the wilderness its home. 

Moreover, Hyundai has also integrated some delectable eye candies and easter eggs into the exterior. For example, the DRLs stay hidden behind the jewel-shaped grille and are only visible when they glow up. The rear taillights have a subtle embossed motto with the words ‘Designed in California’. For fun facts, the Santa Cruz’s design was born out of Hyundai’s California design studio.

Models

2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz (Expected)

2022 Ford Maverick

2022 Honda Ridgeline

2022 Jeep Gladiator

Curb Weight (lbs.)

NA

NA

4255

4650

Length (in.)

195.7

NA

210.2

218

Width (in.)

75

NA

78.6

73.8

Height (in.)

66.7

NA

70.8

75

Ground Clearance (in.)

8.6

NA

7.9

10

Wheelbase (in.)

118.3

NA

125.2

137.3

Track Width (in.) F/R

NA

NA

NA

59.4/59.4

The 2021 Hyundai Santa Cruz has the shortest wheelbase in the segment. In terms of length, the Santa Cruz is almost 15 inches shorter than the Ridgeline and almost 22 inches shorter than the Jeep Gladiator. This compact size may be a blessing in disguise for better handling, although the Santa Cruz may offer lesser interior space in the rear. Exterior features of the 2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz include:

  • Dark Chrome accents (Limited trim)
  • LED headlight cluster integrated into the futuristic grille
  • 4.3 feet long composite molded open bed
  • Remote activated tailgate
  • Dual C-channel roof rails with adjustable tie-down cleats
  • Integrated rear bumper side-steps
  • Heavy-duty cargo D-rings and LED bed lights

2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz Safety

8.0/10

Every time a new car hits the streets, speculations arise and so do doubts, as to its quality, reliability, and even safety standards. Hyundai has already stressed on the safety offered by the Santa Cruz, having endowed the compact pickup with the Smart Sense safety suite offered in Hyundai vehicles, ranging from blind spot monitoring and assist, to adaptive stop & go cruise control. The 2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz pickup is based on the Hyundai Tucson platform, and the Tucson receives a rating of 5-stars(2020) from the NHTSA for occupant protection, which bodes well for the Santa Cruz. It also comes with necessities such as a reverse parking camera and multiple airbags

Important safety features in the 2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz include:

  • Blind-spot Collision Avoidance Assist and View Monitor
  • Forward Collision Avoidance Assist with Pedestrian Detection
  • Smart Cruise Control with Stop&Go
  • Rear Cross Traffic Collision Avoidance Assist
  • Lane Following Assist
  • Lane Keeping Assist
  • Highway Driving Assist
  • Driver Attention Warning
  • Rear Occupant Alert

2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz Final Verdict

Customers are eagerly awaiting the arrival of the 2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz, as this vehicle represents a whole new perspective on pickup trucks. This compact pickup truck is a boon for urban drivers to carry out their commercial purposes with quite an ease. Hyundai leaves no stone unturned while designing the Santa Cruz’s interiors and exteriors. 

The tech suite is also decent, although the absence of physical buttons is not a smart move. Nevertheless, the Santa Cruz also offers decent off-roading capabilities if you decide to venture into the wilderness and should be a great family proposition as well with its short cargo bed.