Talking Cars 343: Hyundai Santa Cruz Test Results

Plus, we discuss how first-year reliability data speaks to long-term dependability

We discuss our final test results of the 2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz. First, how does this new “trucklet” from Hyundai stack up overall as a vehicle and secondly as a truck? Are both the bed and the cabin a touch too small, or does the Santa Cruz strike just the right balance? Are a small SUV-like ride, access, and fuel economy combined with just enough utility for someone who loves the outdoors or a gardener a winning combination? 

See our complete Hyundai Santa Cruz road test.

Audience question:
Is CR’s reliability data based on the first year only or is it a good indicator of longer-term dependability as well? And specifically, can you help to explain the better reliability score for the most recent redesign of the Chevrolet Trailblazer vs. the lower score for the Toyota RAV4 when Toyota is traditionally a super-reliable brand?  

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"Talking Cars" panelists: Jon Linkov, Jen Stockburger, and Alex Knizek.

Photo: Consumer Reports Photo: Consumer Reports

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Jen Stockburger

I never anticipated that engineering, the auto industry, and a few hundred tire changes and child seat installations would have brought me here: director of day-to-day operations at Consumer Reports' fabulous 327-acre Auto Test Center. The bonus is that the track's location in rural Connecticut leaves me close enough to home to also enjoy my children and husband while still squeezing in time for gardening, riding horses, and hunting for antiques.