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Hyundai Santa Cruz Pickup (2021)

Neoscore 10%NEX score 50%

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Product Overview

Hyundai Santa Cruz is a new "Sport Adventure Vehicle" that combines a crossover with the utility of a pickup truck. It is based on the Hyundai Tucson and therefore uses a unibody construction.
Powering the Santa Cruz is a choice of two 2.5L direct-injected petrol engines, one naturally aspirated and one turbocharged. They prioritize fuel efficiency and are paired with 8-speed transmissions in automatic and DCT guises respectively.
The base model is front-wheel drive, while other trim levels feature Hyundai's HTRAC all-wheel drive system that is able to send up to 50% of the power to the rear.
Inside, the Santa Cruz is rather similar to the Tucson, sharing with it most of the front and center consoles, though some controls of the vehicle's off-road features are added into the mix.

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Ratings

What we found**

Neoscore: 10% (not directly comparable across industries)
Pros
  • Basic offroad capabilities
Cons
  • FWD for a pickup truck
  • Basic suspension setup
  • Ugly

What external reviewers found***

NEX score: 50% (not directly comparable across industries)
Pros
  • Decent fuel economy
  • Comfortable to drive
  • Lots of tech features
Cons
  • Smaller towing capacity than conventional pickup trucks
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Specifications

Variants:
2.5
2.5 Turbo AWD

Capacity

Cargo Capacity
Bed Length 48.4" ~ 52.1", 101.9 sq.ft.
Engine Oil Capacity
5.2 L / 5.5 qt
Passengers
5

Chassis

Chassis Type
Unibody
Offroad | Approach Angle
17.5 deg
Offroad | Breakover Angle
18.6 deg
Offroad | Departure Angle
23.2 deg
Power Steering
Electric Steering
Suspension | Front
MacPherson strut
Suspension | Rear
Multi-link

Construction

Body Style
4-door Crossover
Platform
Hyundai-Kia N3

Dimensions

Ground Clearance
218 mm / 8.6 in
Size | Height
1694 mm / 66.7 in
Size | Length
4971 mm / 195.7 in
Size | Width
1905 mm / 75.0 in
Wheelbase
3005 mm / 118.3 in

Performance

2.5Towing Capacity
1588 kg / 3501 lbs (w/ brakes @ 12% gradient)
2.5 Turbo AWDTowing Capacity
2268 kg / 5000 lbs (w/ brakes @ 12% gradient)

Powertrain

2.5Drivetrain Layout
Front-engine (transverse), Front-wheel drive
2.5 Turbo AWDDrivetrain Layout
Front-engine (transverse), All-wheel drive
2.5Engine
G4KN
2.5 Turbo AWDEngine
G4KP
Engine | Bore
88.5 mm / 3.5 in
2.5Engine | Compression Ratio
13.0:1
2.5 Turbo AWDEngine | Compression Ratio
10.0:1
Engine | Displacement
2.5 L / 152.4 cu-in / 2497.0 cc
2.5Engine | Power
190.0 hp / 141.7 kW
2.5 Turbo AWDEngine | Power
275.0 hp / 205.1 kW
2.5Engine | Specific Output
76.1 hp/L / 1.2 hp/cu-in
2.5 Turbo AWDEngine | Specific Output
110.1 hp/L / 1.8 hp/cu-in
Engine | Stroke
101.5 mm / 4.0 in
2.5Engine | Torque
244 Nm / 180.0 lb-ft
2.5 Turbo AWDEngine | Torque
420 Nm / 309.8 lb-ft
2.5Engine | Type
Naturally-aspirated direct- and multi-port-injected petrol inline-4 DOHC engine with 4 values per cylinder
2.5 Turbo AWDEngine | Type
Turbocharged direct- and multi-port-injected petrol inline-4 DOHC engine with 4 values per cylinder
Transmission | Gears
8-speed
2.5Transmission | Type
Automatic
2.5 Turbo AWDTransmission | Type
Double clutch transmission (DCT)

Production

Availability
2021
Debut
2021-04
Made In
USA

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3rd-Party Review Videos

External Reviews

digitaltrends[1]

Sentiment Score 50%
Reviewers from digitaltrends have found the following***:
The Santa Cruz uses essentially the same HTRAC all-wheel-drive system as other Hyundai vehicles. It lacks the low range and locking differentials of dedicated off-roaders like the Jeep Gladiator. While the Santa Cruz is nicer to drive than these old-school trucks, its small bed and lower maximum towing capacity will limit your ability to do real truck stuff.
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Pros
  • Lots of tech features
  • Comfortable to drive
  • Decent fuel economy
Cons
  • Smaller towing capacity than conventional pickup trucks

User Reviews

References

1. ^ 2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz first drive: Finally, something new. [digitaltrends]. https://www.digitaltrends.com/cars/2022-hyundai-santa-cruz-review/. 2021-08-09. Retrieved 2021-08-12.

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