2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz for Sale in Springfield, MA
Hyundai is gearing up to release their highly anticipated 2022 Santa Cruz, a brand-new model that represents the best parts of a crossover and pickup truck. This rugged “Sport Adventure Vehicle,” as Hyundai prefers to categorize it, has finally come to fruition after being introduced as a concept vehicle at the 2015 North America Auto Show in Detroit. This California-designed model brings with it a choice of two hearty powertrains, a practical cargo bed, and a slew of the latest technology. The units are being built in Montgomery, Alabama, and will be on dealer lots later this summer, ready for their eager buyers. For now, let’s roll through everything we know about this intriguingly versatile vehicle.
What Is It?
The 2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz is an all-new adventure vehicle that looks like an SUV but has an open bed like a pickup truck. It will come in SE, SEL, SEL Premium, and Limited trim levels, with the usual progressing list of standard features. According to Hyundai researchers, car shoppers wanted a vehicle that could not just excel in a variety of driving situations but could also accommodate what they needed to carry. While the truck bed is its most obvious feature, the Santa Cruz’s unibody construction is also high on its list of attributes, providing nimble handling and a comfortable ride.
Powertrain, Interior and Exterior
The 2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz offers two powertrain options. The base is a 2.5-liter four-cylinder that will make about 190 hp and 180 lb.-ft. of torque; it gets a hydraulic eight-speed automatic transmission. The upgrade is a turbocharged 2.5-liter four-cylinder that will produce around 275 hp and 310 lb.-ft. of torque and be paired to an eight-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission and all-wheel drivetrain. With the dual-clutch, steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters will be supplied to give the driver control of the shifting. The towing capacity with the standard 2.5-liter engine is 3,500 lb.; with the turbocharged 2.5-liter, it’s 5,000 lb. Payload is rated at just under 1,800 lb.
One thing’s for certain: the ’22 Santa Cruz catches the eye. There’s no denying the attention-getting grille with its hidden lighting signature, sharp daytime running lights, and a lower front fascia skid plate. The side profile shows off sleek lines and standard 18-inch wheels (20-inch wheels are optional) with prominent wheel arches that are clad for durability off the pavement. In the rear, the Santa Cruz’s unique horizontal “T” lighting signature adds edginess and personality. The 4.3-foot-long open bed has been well designed, using consumer input, with a remote activated tailgate, lockable under-bed storage, integrated corner bump steps, a retractable and lockable tonneau cover, heavy-duty cargo D-rings, ruggedized LED bed lights, adjustable tie-down cleats, and an in-bed 115-volt power inverter.
While the exterior of the 2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz is undeniably tough, the inside is refined, with touches that we’d even call elegant. There’s an 8-inch infotainment touchscreen, wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and a hidden storage area under the rear seats. The SEL adds Proximity Key with push-button start, a heated power-adjustable driver’s seat, exterior mirrors with integrated turn signals, and BlueLink connected car services. The SEL Premium comes with LED headlights, Hyundai Digital Key, dual-zone automatic climate control, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, and an auto-dimming rearview mirror with HomeLink. The top-end Limited receives a 10.25-inch infotainment touchscreen, integrated navigation, an eight-speaker Bose audio system, ventilated front seats, leather upholstery, and a heated leather-wrapped steering wheel. Other available features that haven’t been designated to a specific trim yet include a wireless smartphone charge pad, a sunroof, and a 10.25-in. digital gauge cluster.
Safety and Technology
As it does with all of its vehicles, Hyundai will infuse the Santa Cruz with a variety of advanced safety features. The Hyundai SmartSense technology suite includes standard forward collision-avoidance assist with pedestrian and cyclist detection, lane keeping assist, and driver attention warning. Blind-spot collision-avoidance assist is added at the SEL trim level, and the Limited gets a blind-spot view monitor. Some of the other available technologies are safe exit assist, highway driving assist, and a surround-view camera system.