Starting with what powers the new Santa Cruz, Hyundai offers a choice of two engines that can be configured with the standard front-wheel-drive setup in lower trim levels or all-wheel-drive. The Santa Cruz is used in 4 particular trim levels, SE, SEL, SEL Premium, and Limited, where the SE and SEL trims get the base engine, a 2.5-liter naturally aspirated 4-cylinder with 191 horsepower and 181 pound-feet of torque. Moving to the SEL Premium or my test cars Limited trim youll get the preferred powertrain, a 281 horsepower and 311 pound-feet of torque turbocharged 2.5-liter 4-cylinder, which gets mated to an 8-speed damp dual-clutch automated transmission in place of the lower trims standard 8-speed automatic transmission.
Within the Santa Cruz is a superior theme to the control panel with several soft-touch surfaces and the 2 10.3-inch screens, one being the digital gauge cluster and the other being the infotainment touchscreen housing an user-friendly interface paired with USB-wired Apple CarPlay and Android Auto combination. Here, the major concern, as I said in my recent Tucson evaluation, are the touch-capacitive radio and HVAC buttons which can be an interruption, specifically when you need to repeatedly press the volume button or take your eyes off the roadway to ensure youre pressing the best location on a glossy flat surface. A volume knob would do marvels to surpass the interface even if the other touch-capacitive buttons were left in location.
My top-trimmed Santa Cruz Limited AWD test car comes to a rate of $41,100 consisting of an inland freight and handling charge of $1,185. Buyers should keep in mind that a base Santa Cruz SE FWD begins at simply $23,990 prior to any choices or fees however is void of the more effective engine and a long list of preferable features discovered on the extremely preferable Santa Cruz Limited that you see here.
Honda showed that there is a viable market for a unibody “truck”, if you will, with the Ridgeline. Hyundai has actually set out to not only mesmerize that market however to redefine it in some way by developing off an excellent platform from the new Tucson– but do it with design and a little bit of capable flare. Theres something to be stated about a little truck even if you bring up beside a “normal” truck and witness its towering stature beside the little Santa Cruz. Not whatever needs to be inefficient and huge if your trucking responsibilities are fairly small and you do not require to tow anything over 5,000 pounds, which is the max rating for the Santa Cruz Limited if you equip it with the optional $450 towing drawback and integrate tailer brakes on those heavy loads. Otherwise, the Santa Cruz is limited to 3,500 pounds for the front-wheel-drive SE and SEL non-turbo trims.
It was one of the finest riding cars in its price variety this year that Ive knowledgeable, which is unexpected due to the fact that the Santa Cruz is rather of a misnomer, a vehicle that sports a truck-like bed in the back and the almost identical percentages and looks of the Hyundai Tucson compact crossover, which it is based on.
In spite of being the quickest bed in truck history, the Santa Cruz bed is quite charming and adds a brand-new level of versatility for those who want a bit more ruggedness for their Crossover Utility Vehicle (CUV).
If youre ever sitting up front and trying to find the distinctions in the Santa Cruz and Tucson, youre going to be limited to looking at the climate controls recirculating air button, which has a Santa Cruz-truck summary icon instead of the CUV outline of the Tucson. Hyundais embark on a new section, one thats been helmed by the Honda Ridgeline for over 15 years, looks to have smooth sailing on the horizon as onlookers and inquiring minds took many pictures of my Santa Cruz and even pled to ask me consistently what exactly I was driving. With the new Ford Maverick on its way to set sail targeting the exact same audience, there looks to be a large market that the Santa Cruz is bound to capture.
The dual-clutch transmission matched with the excited turbocharged engine are a great set to get the Santa Cruz and its 4,100 pounds up to speed striking 60 mph in 7.5 seconds. Power comes on strong from the turbocharged engine and out on the roadway when youre cruising above 25 miles per hour the transmission does well to sort out the proper gearing. Due to the nature of the dual-clutch transmission and its slipping of its clutch for initial gear engagement, sluggish speeds below 20 mph when youre in traffic can be a bit lumpy in power delivery and somewhat upsetting through strong deceleration. Overall, the Santa Cruz Limited has plenty of grunt power and feels as if it would not have any problem hauling a couple thousand pounds but might be taxed a bit creeping up to its 5,000-pound limitation.
Fuel economy for the Santa Cruz Limited, which only comes with the H-TRAC all-wheel-drive system, is 19 mpg city, 27 mpg highway, and 22 mpg combined. Those numbers are achievable in the rear world but tend to quickly decrease when you struck about 75 mph on the highway or interstate for the highway figure. When you drive at or below 65 miles per hour, youll quickly strike 27 mpg without anything in the bed or towing.
Again, siting up front you tend to forget the type aspect of the Santa Cruz even if it has 20-inch wheels that might firm up the ride a bit over the basic 18-inch wheels and greater profile tires. 661 pounds is declared to be the max cargo load for the short 4-foot bed of the Santa Cruz, which in the Limited trim comes with a distinct lockable moving tonneau cover and in-bed trunk. Regardless of being the fastest bed in truck history, the Santa Cruz bed is rather charming and includes a brand-new level of versatility for those who desire a bit more durability for their Crossover Utility Vehicle (CUV).
Mentioning CUV, the Santa Cruz is being dubbed a Sports Adventure Vehicle (SAV), which we can concur on provided you have good technique, breakover, and departure angles. However, the constraints of off-roading start and end with the tires, which are not going to do much on loose surfaces as they are Michelin Primacy all-season rubber developed for the road.
The interior of the brand-new Santa Cruz is an inviting area that nearly imitates that of the new Tucson with a good quantity of room in advance. If youre ever staying up front and attempting to discover the distinctions in the Santa Cruz and Tucson, youre going to be restricted to looking at the climate controls recirculating air button, which has a Santa Cruz-truck summary icon rather of the CUV overview of the Tucson. Otherwise, the main difference starts in the rear seating area that is rather brief on leg space, less than the Honda Ridgeline from my observation. The back seats, despite the fact that they are plenty large, are compromised in leg room over the Tucson CUV due to the Santa Cruz having the truck bed in the back.
Hyundais embark on a new sector, one thats been helmed by the Honda Ridgeline for over 15 years, seeks to have smooth sailing on the horizon as observers and inquiring minds took many images of my Santa Cruz and even asked to ask me repeatedly exactly what I was driving. With the new Ford Maverick on its way to set sail targeting the same audience, there looks to be a large market that the Santa Cruz is bound to catch. With a long list of features and the compliant car-like mindset that carries out decently, the Santa Cruz is an uniquely wrapped inexpensive package that is a winner in my book for Hyundai.
This week, the all-new Hyundai Santa Cruz has actually graced my garage and taken me for a ride that was not at all what I expected it to be. It was one of the best riding cars in its cost variety this year that Ive experienced, which is surprising because the Santa Cruz is somewhat of a misnomer, an automobile that sports a truck-like bed in the back and the nearly similar proportions and looks of the Hyundai Tucson compact crossover, which it is based on.
The all-new Hyundai Santa Cruz is something different, quite unique in being an unexpected offering from the Hyundai brand, but one to technically take on the likings of the Honda Ridgeline.
Other highlights found in the Santa Cruz Limited, which is packed up with several desirable features and functions, are the heated and aerated front seats, heated guiding wheel, wireless phone charger, 360-degree electronic camera system, blind-spot view monitors (display screens live picture of your blind area in the gauge cluster when signaling), and the suite of innovative security features (lane keeping assist, lane following assist, highway driving assist, blind-spot accident avoidance help, forward collision-avoidance assist, rear cross-traffic collision avoidance assist, and navigation based wise cruise control).