2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz for Sale in Fairfield, CT
Crossovers and pickup trucks are without a doubt the hottest-selling automotive segments, and the 2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz blends the best features of both. After being introduced as a concept vehicle in 2015 at Detroit’s North American International Auto Show, this SUV with a cargo bed is finally rolling onto the sales floor. You can call it what you wish (a cross-truck, perhaps?), but Hyundai refers to it as a Sport Adventure Vehicle. It’s rugged and practical, yet it rides smoothly and is built for comfort using unibody construction. It was designed in California using heavy input from a consumer demographic of outdoor enthusiasts surveyed by Hyundai R&D folks as to where they would drive such a vehicle and what they’d need it to carry. That said, it’s appropriate that it bears the name of Northern California’s most delightful and eclectic surfing town.
Like all Hyundai models, the Santa Cruz is loaded with advanced technology and other must-have features. It’s also covered by exceptional warranties – including 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain coverage and comes with 3 years/36,000 miles of complimentary scheduled maintenance (oil/filter changes, tire rotations, and multipoint inspections). Below, we share all the information we have on this innovative and versatile set of wheels.
Trims and Powertrains
The Santa Cruz is made in SE, SEL, SEL Premium, and Limited trim levels, with a choice of powertrains. The base engine, a 190-horsepower (180 lb.-ft. of torque) 2.5-liter four-cylinder is mated to a hydraulic eight-speed automatic transmission. Those who want more oomph can go for the turbocharged 275 hp (310 lb.-ft. of torque) 2.5-liter four-cylinder, which gets an eight-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission with paddle shifters. All-wheel drive is standard with that powertrain, but the base powertrain comes with either the standard front-wheel drive or optional AWD. A Santa Cruz with the base engine can tow up to 3,500 pounds, which rises to a 5,000-pound max with the higher-output engine. Maximum payload falls just shy of 1,750 lb. in the 4.3-foot-long truck bed, which can be fully outfitted with a retractable/locking tonneau cover, a remote-controlled tailgate, lockable under-bed storage, corner bump steps, heavy-duty cargo D-rings, super-tough LED bed lights, adjustable tie-down cleats, and a 115V power inverter.
For some potential buyers, the Santa Cruz is all about aesthetics: this is a nice-looking – and unique – vehicle. Beyond its unique look with a 4.3-foot bed attached to a crossover body, it looks the part with ruggedized features, including skid plates and well-clad wheel arches. Its eye-catching arrangement of lighting is led by the hidden lights around the grille. The standard wheel size is 18 inches, with 20-inchers available.
Some of the cabin’s standard and available highlights are an 8-inch standard infotainment touchscreen (with a 10-inch-plus upgrade for some trims), hidden underseat storage, wireless smartphone integration, heated front seats, dual-zone auto climate control, wireless device charging, and Hyundai Digital Key, which allows you to, among other things, start the Santa Cruz using your phone. The top-of-the-line Limited gets as standard leather seats (ventilated in the front row), a 10.25-inch infotainment touchscreen, navigation, a Bose sound system, and a heated leather-wrapped steering wheel.
Safety and Technology
As a safety-minded automaker, Hyundai packs its vehicles with advanced active safety technology, and the Santa Cruz is no different. All trims will get a version of the Hyundai SmartSense technology package, the base version of which includes forward collision-avoidance assist with pedestrian and cyclist detection, lane keeping assist, and driver attention warning. The SEL and higher also get blind-spot collision-avoidance assist, and the Limited gets a blind-spot monitor. Other available features include safe exit assist, highway driving assist, and a surround-view monitor.