2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz for Sale in Fairfield, CT

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2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz vs. 2022 Honda Ridgeline

Rugged body-on-frame pickup trucks captivate a lot of attention, but for those who don’t require such serious brawn in their daily lives, a crossover-inspired unibody-constructed option might be more inviting. With their agreeable ride quality that’s suited to everyday driving, they’re a great choice for so many drivers. Although this class has long been dominated by the Honda Ridgeline, Hyundai just introduced the 2022 Santa Cruz (dubbed a “sport adventure vehicle”) to give it a good run for its money. Let’s examine this new rivalry in more detail.

Pricing and Warranty Coverage

Despite being in the same vehicle class, the Santa Cruz and Ridgeline are not that close on the pricing spectrum: the Santa Cruz starts at $24,140 and the Ridgeline at $37,640. That said, it would only be fair to compare similarly priced versions of these two models, and so we’ll be sizing up the Santa Cruz SEL Premium (MSRP: $35,830) with the Ridgeline Sport (MSRP: $37,640). No matter which Santa Cruz trim you opt for, though, it gets a better warranty all around, with a basic new vehicle limited warranty that lasts for 5 years/60,000 miles, and a powertrain warranty of 10 years/100,000 miles. The the Ridgeline’s new vehicle limited warranty caps at 3 years/36,000 miles, and its powertrain coverage lapses at 5 years/60,000 miles.

What’s more, the ’22 Santa Cruz also has an advantage over the Ridgeline with its standard 3-year/36,000-mile complimentary maintenance plan, which takes care of routine oil and filter changes and tire changes at no out-of-pocket cost. If you’re eyeing the Ridgeline, then you may be disappointed to learn that it doesn’t come with any complimentary maintenance.

Performance

The Santa Cruz SEL Premium and Ridgeline Sport are nearly neck-and-neck in terms of horsepower. The SEL Premium’s turbocharged 2.5-liter four-cylinder makes 281 hp and the Sport’s 3.5-liter V6 produces 280 hp. Where the Santa Cruz has the substantial advantage, though, is with its torque output (311 lb.-ft. vs. 262 lb.-ft.), which is equally – if not more – important in determining a vehicle’s vigor since it refers to its sprinting ability. Both models are equal when it comes to towing, with a maximum capacity of 5,000 lb. The ’22 Santa Cruz, though, has a higher payload capacity: up to 1,753 lb. compared to the Ridgeline’s 1,583 lb.

Sought-After Amenities

Even though the Santa Cruz SEL Premium is less expensive than the Ridgeline Sport, it comes with more standard features. They both have LED headlights and a highly functional cargo bed, but the SEL Premium also has Digital Key (a class-exclusive smartphone-based keyless entry system), a remote-opening tailgate, a self-leveling rear suspension, an integrated cargo tonneau cover, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, a sunroof, roof rails, a 115-volt power outlet, LED bed lights, a wireless phone charger, wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and a 10.25-inch digital gauge cluster. Not only that, but the SEL Premium is also equipped with blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert. While most of those features are available for the Ridgeline, buyers must pay extra for them.

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