2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz for Sale in Hyannis, MA
In the late 1950s it was the Ford Ranchero and the Chevrolet El Camino, and then the ‘70s brought the Cadillac Mirage and the Subaru Brat, followed by the Dodge Rampage a few years later. Those vehicles – all of them cars with truck beds – answered the call for drivers wanting the utility of a pickup combined with the comfort and easy driving of a car. Today, at the height of the crossover craze, Hyundai has responded with a version for the 21st-century: the Santa Cruz. It’s a crossover, yes, but it also has that handy bed in the back, making it useful, versatile, and just plain fun to own.
The 2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz is named for one of northern California’s most memorable destinations, a surfing town with a lively boardwalk full of carnival rides and other amusements. This pickup-crossover mashup was revealed as a concept vehicle at the 2015 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, but it’s made it through production, all the way to the showroom floor. Let’s go over everything we know about it at the moment.
Trims, Powertrain, and Fuel Economy
Hyundai makes its all-new Sport Adventure Vehicle (as they like to call it) in four trim levels: SE, SEL, SEL Premium, and Limited. The base powertrain is a 2.5-liter four-cylinder (190 horsepower and 180 lb.-ft. of torque) with a hydraulic eight-speed automatic transmission. The available upgrade is a turbocharged 2.5-liter four-cylinder (275 hp and 310 lb.-ft. of torque) with an eight-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission and paddle shifters. The latter comes in conjunction with standard all-wheel drive, but the smaller powertrain can be ordered with either AWD or front-wheel drive.
Since the Santa Cruz has pickup truck DNA, it has a payload stat: it can carry just under 1,750 pounds in its bed, which is 4.3 feet long. It can tow as well: versions with the smaller powertrain can pull up to 3,500 pounds, while those with the larger engine can handle as much as 5,000 lb. The bed can be customized with quite a few helpful accessories, including a remote-locking tailgate, a retractable tonneau cover and under-bed storage (both also lockable), corner bump steps, cargo D-rings, heavy-duty LED bed lights, adjustable tie-down cleats, and a 115-volt power inverter.
While there are a couple of unibody pickup trucks out there, it’s been a while since the automotive world has seen anything remotely close to the examples mentioned in this page’s introduction. This blended type of vehicle definitely has its following, and people are excited about the Santa Cruz’s release. But it’s not just attractive – it’s rugged as well, with features for off-roading (skid plates and wheel-arch cladding, to name a couple). The grille obscures lighting that reveals itself in the fascia after dark, and wheels up to 20 inches are available.
The interior has everything needed for an extended adventure, with a fully outfitted infotainment system, wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, wireless device charging, heated front seats, auto climate control (dual-zone), hidden underseat storage, and Hyundai Digital Key, which allows you to start the vehicle using your phone (among other functions). The Limited is loaded, getting leather seats that are ventilated in the front row, a 10.25-inch infotainment system with navigation and a Bose stereo, and a heated leather-wrapped steering wheel.
Technology and Safety
Like every other Hyundai, the Santa Cruz will be equipped with lots of advanced driver-assist technology. Every trim will have the Hyundai SmartSense suite containing lane keeping assist, forward collision-avoidance assist with pedestrian and cyclist detection, and driver attention warning. Blind-spot collision-avoidance assist is added at the SEL level, and the loaded Limited will also have blind-spot monitoring. Safe exit assist, highway driving assist, and a surround-view monitor will also be offered.
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