The 2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz is an all-new compact truck specially designed for city dwellers who can’t wait to get away from it all. Not your typical truck, Hyundai is calling the Santa Cruz an “adventure vehicle,” and it aims to set new standards in design and engineering, blending the maneuverable unibody underpinnings of the Tucson with an adventure-friendly truck bed.
With its truck-style features and city-friendly dimensions, the Santa Cruz slides into parallel parking spaces during the week and rolls onto secluded campsites on weekends. Ready for work or play, this all-new. multipurpose people-hauler does it all without compromise!
When you’re negotiating city traffic, the all-new 2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz is nimble and quick. Its 20-foot curb-to-curb turning circle will help you make all the U-turns that city life requires.
And the Santa Cruz has two adventure-ready powertrains. The entry-level 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine (190 horsepower, 180 pound-feet of torque) sends power to the front wheels via a quick-action eight-speed automatic transmission. For a little extra off-road action, you can add all-wheel drive to the base powertrain. The all-wheel-drive system includes selectable drive modes, so you can adjust traction levels to suit your current surroundings.
Want even more oomph? The Santa Cruz has you covered with its optional 2.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine (275 hp, 310 lb-ft). With this engine, you get faster highway merging action, as well as an upgraded version of the eight-speed automatic transmission. And adventurous drivers will also be happy to know that this engine upgrade can also be paired with optional all-wheel drive.
Instead of offering a dizzying range of cabins and bed sizes, the Santa Cruz keeps things simple and straightforward. What you see is what you get: a four-door crew cab that seats five passengers in roomy comfort.
Then there’s the 4.3-foot composite molded bed, joined to the cabin via a unibody chassis. It’s more than a place to put extra stuff, with a lockable tonneau cover that helps protect the gear you don’t want to leave in plain sight. There’s also a drainable underfloor storage compartment that can be used as a cooler. And what could be more at home at a tailgate party than a truck with its own built-in ice chest?