2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz for Sale in Fairfield, CT
Crossovers and pickup trucks are the hottest-selling automotive segments, and the 2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz blends the most sought-after features of each. It has finally completed the long trip from concept vehicle (as seen at the 2015 North American International Auto Show in Detroit) to release. Yes, this compact utility vehicle with a versatile cargo bed is now on the sales floor. Hyundai refers to it as a Sport Adventure Vehicle, but you can call it what you like. It’s rugged, practical, and smooth-riding, thanks to its unibody construction. It was designed in California with lots of consumer input: Hyundai’s R&D people surveyed outdoor enthusiasts to find out where they’d drive such a vehicle and what they’d want from it in terms of cargo space, capabilities, and the like. That said, it’s appropriate that it bears the name of Northern California’s most memorable surfing town.
Like all Hyundais, 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 and tire rotations).
Trims and Powertrains
The Santa Cruz is made in SE, SEL, SEL Premium, and Limited trim levels. The SE and SEL come with a 191 hp and 181 lb.-ft. of torque 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that’s mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. Those who want more oomph can opt for the SEL Premium and Limited, which get a turbocharged 2.5-liter four-cylinder (281 hp and 311 lb.-ft. of torque) married to an eight-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission with paddle shifters. All-wheel drive is standard with that setup, but the base powertrain can pair with either front-wheel drive or available 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 clocks in at 1,753 lb. in the 4.3-foot-long truck bed.
Standard and Available Features
Hyundai made sure to load up the debut Santa Cruz with a fine mix of amenities. The base SE offers plenty of convenient utility solutions thanks to its versatile cargo bed, which consists of underbed and sidewall storage compartments and heavy-duty cargo D-rings. It even has a multifunctional tailgate that can be controlled remotely, plus pre-wiring for a trailer, remote keyless entry, dual USB ports, and a 12-volt power outlet. The SEL adds more: heated side mirrors, proximity entry, remote and push-button ignition, a power driver’s seat, and heated front seats. It’s also eligible for the Activity Package, which enhances the bed with an integrated tonneau cover, a 115V power inverter, heavy-duty LED lights, and adjustable tie-down cleats. The other contents of the Activity Package are a sunroof, roof rails, sliding and defogging rear glass, LED interior lights, a wireless phone charger, and a 10.25-inch digital gauge cluster. Those items are all standard in the SEL Premium, along with LED headlights, Digital Key (allows you to start the Santa Cruz using your smartphone), two-zone automatic climate control, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, and an auto-dimming rearview mirror with HomeLink. The Limited is outfitted with rain-sensing wipers, leather upholstery, ventilated front seats, a heated steering wheel, and two second-row USB ports.
Enhanced Safety Systems
Safety is a paramount concern at Hyundai, and the Santa Cruz reflects that, with the SmartSense suite of active driver aids coming standard in each trim. In the SE, SmartSense includes forward collision-avoidance assist with pedestrian detection, automatic high beams, lane keeping assist, lane following assist, driver attention warning, and rear occupant alert. In the SEL and SEL Premium, it’s bolstered with blind-spot collision-avoidance assist, rear cross-traffic collision-avoidance assist, and safe exit warning. The Limited has the full spectrum of SmartSense technologies, adding a surround-view camera system, a blind-spot view monitor, and adaptive cruise control.
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.
Multimedia and Connectivity
For a base trim, the SE is rather well stocked, getting an infotainment system with an 8-inch touchscreen, wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and Bluetooth hands-free phone and audio streaming. The SEL and SEL Premium replace wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capability with the plug-in version, but they add SiriusXM satellite radio. At the top, the Limited gets a 10.25-inch touchscreen with navigation and a premium Bose sound system.
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