Hyundai Santa Cruz - Consumer Reports

Hyundai Santa Cruz


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Based on the Tucson, the Santa Cruz melds a small SUV and a pickup truck into one vehicle. The base engine is a rather strained 2.5-liter four-cylinder, but up-level models come with a powerful turbo-four that makes this trucklet quick.
Front- and all-wheel-drive versions are available. The Santa Cruz drives like a car with responsive handling, a comfortable ride, and easy maneuverability. Rear visibility is hampered due to the small rear window and thick back pillars. Maximum tow capacity is 5,000 lb. with a payload of 1,400 lb., both commendable figures. The tiny bed measures just over four-feet long, but has a lockable under-bed trunk. Higher trims come with a handy tonneau cover. FCW and AEB with pedestrian and cyclist detection are standard. BSW and RCTW are optional.
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