Hyundai Santa Cruz 2024

Our 2024 review is coming soon. Below is our 2023 model year review.

The Santa Cruz is, with the high-power turbo four, all wheel drive, a full active safety suite,  moulded composite bed liner and a factory-installed tonneau cover, is a very upscale vehicle. Initially, the only powertrain will be Hyundai’s new turbocharged 2.5L four, hooked up to an eight-speed. dual-clutch, automated manual transmission, sending power to all wheels. However, other markets offer a normally-aspirated 2.5L engine and front-wheel drive variant, which has not migrated to Canada yet.

The Santa Cruz is fronted by a design that reflects a direct link to the Hyundai Tucson. The rest of the vehicle is curvy, stylish, and unique. It is surprising Hyundai has chosen this path as pickup buyers, even those buying a unibody pickup, generally seek very conservative styling. Honda’s first Ridgeline, which eschewed traditional pickup styling cues for an “out there” design, was rejected by the marketplace, leading Honda to adopt very conventional styling for the second-generation of its pickup.

The Santa Cruz is equipped with a moulded bed liner that contains a covered compartment with a conventional household electrical receptacle as well as a Honda-Ridgeline-like covered bin under the cargo floor. The cargo bed, which is only four feet long, is covered with a multi-segment, retractable, roller-blind-like  tonneau cover made up of solid segments. Like the Ford Maverick, the tailgate can be locked at an angle to act as the last perch for long items, like 4×8 sheets of plywood, the forward end of which rest on the flat surfaces above the wheel wells. The cabin is fronted by the dashboard from the Tucson. It looks good, but the total touchscreen nature of its operation is impractical while driving. The rest of the cabin is very nicely done. Rear seat legroom looks like it is going to be tight.

Unlike Ford, which offers a wide variety of models on the Maverick, unibody pickup, Hyundai only offers premium and hyper-expensive versions of the Santa Cruz. The sole powertrain offered is a 290 horsepower 2.5L turbo four sending power to all wheels via an eight-speed, dual-clutch automated manual transmission. Though well equipped, the base Preferred trim is priced more than $40,000. The Trend trim, which adds leather seating, a Bose-branded audio system, a sunroof, a power driver’s seat, active cruise control and a number of other comfort and convenience equipment, is reasonable value. The Ultimate trim includes L.E.D. headlights, ventilated front seats, a TFT gauge package, L.E.D. headlamps, wireless cellphone charging, rain-sense wipers, a 360 degree camera system, auto dim rearview mirror and side steps, and is good value.

The Santa Cruz should be reliable during the warranty period. Unproven engine and transmission.,

Last update: September 9, 2023


  • Engine

    2.5L-V6 (280 HP)
  • Transmissions

  • Fuel consumption

    City: 12.1L/100 km Road: 8.7L/100 km
  • Drive Layout

    All-wheel drive
  • Body Style

    Compact Pickup
  • Country of Origin




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