2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz vs. Its Competition

2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz
Robert Duffer Robert Duffer Senior Editor

The bed on the 2022 Santa Cruz passes for a small pickup truck, but since it’s based on the Hyundai Tucson, its nearest competitors are adventure-ready crossovers such as the Subaru Outback.

It doesn’t have the off-road bona fides of the Jeep Gladiator, or the truck pedigree of the Ford Maverick that comes standard as a hybrid.

Like the Santa Cruz, the Honda Ridgeline shares a unibody crossover platform with the larger Pilot that makes it ideal for light-duty truck needs and every-day driving duties.

The redesigned Frontier is bigger than the Santa Cruz, but rides rougher.

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Quick Specs
6.4
Putting the fun in functional, the 2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz combines the utility of a truck with the ride quality of a crossover.
7.0
The 2022 Ford Maverick recasts the pickup as a small, high-efficiency Swiss Army knife.
5.6
The redesigned 2022 Nissan Frontier is thoroughly modernized with big improvements in ride quality and technology.
7.0
The 2021 Honda Ridgeline is the just-right pickup most users really need.
4.8
The 2021 Jeep Gladiator, for better or worse, is a Wrangler with a bed. Nothing else will satisfy those who seek exactly that, but competitors are more comfortable and more affordable.
6.8
The 2021 Subaru Outback hangs on to its remarkably rugged stance as it grows more refined than ever.
MSRP From     
$23,990$19,995$27,840$36,490$34,960$26,795
Gas Mileage     
19 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 29 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 23 MPG Hwy23 MPG City / 33 MPG Hwy
Engine     
Regular Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded V-6Regular Unleaded V-6Regular Unleaded V-6Regular Unleaded H-4
EPA Class     
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/ASmall SUV 4WD
Style Name     
SE FWDXL AWD SuperCrewKing Cab 4x2 S AutomaticSport AWD80th Anniversary 4x4 *Ltd Avail*CVT
Drivetrain     
Front Wheel DriveAll Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveAll Wheel DriveFour Wheel DriveAll Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
554555
Passenger Doors     
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style     
Crew CabSuperCrewKing CabCrew CabCrew CabSport Utility
Transmission     
Automatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODManual w/ODCVT w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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