2023 Hyundai Santa Cruz vs. Its Competition

2023 Hyundai Santa Cruz image
Andrew Ganz Andrew Ganz Senior Editor

Though it may seem like the Santa Cruz’s most natural rival, the Ford Maverick charts a somewhat different course with its bargain-basement pricing and high-mpg hybrid powertrain.

The Nissan Frontier’s recent refresh gave it a decent infotainment system and a slick V-6 engine, though it still rides and drives like the truck that it is.

Slightly more sophisticated is the Toyota Tacoma, which can actually be a good value considering its impressive resale.

If you’re on the fence about a pickup, the Subaru Outback offers plenty of cargo space and a nicer overall driving experience, and Hyundai’s own Santa Fe comes in frugal hybrid versions.

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Quick Specs
6.3
The 2023 Hyundai Santa Cruz is a well thought-out small pickup for those on the fence about just how much utility they really need.
7.0
The 2022 Ford Maverick recasts the pickup as a small, high-efficiency Swiss Army knife.
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The 2022 Honda Ridgeline splits the difference between crossover SUV and pickup truck.
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The redesigned 2022 Nissan Frontier is thoroughly modernized with big improvements in ride quality and technology.
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The 2022 Subaru Outback doubles down on rugged credibility with the Wilderness edition.
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For off-road enthusiasts, the 2022 Toyota Tacoma’s popularity is easy to justify, especially in off-roady TRD forms.
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Detailed Spec Comparison
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