Will People Buy This? | 2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz Ultimate AWD Full Tour & Review

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1m Oct 25, 2021

2021 is looking up to be the year of the small pickup trucks, like this 2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz Ultimate. We get behind the wheel to see if there's actually a market for this in Canada.

This has been a strange year for everyone, but one thing we've noticed the most was the change to traditional new car announcements. With yearly Auto Shows being put on hold, manufacturers have been doing their own thing when it comes to announcing new vehicles, like this 2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz compact pickup truck. Without the usual Auto Shows, a vehicle like this has only been accessible online from photos and videos, but we're finally behind the wheel of it to see what it really has to offer.

The Hyundai Santa Cruz is built on the same crossover platform that the new 2022 Hyundai Tucson is made on, which we reviewed earlier this year. With a similar front-end design, the Santa Cruz is meant to offer customers more choice for their vehicles, offering similar interior space an comfort to a compact crossover, with the flexibility of a pickup truck bed on the back. One of the unique selling features of the Santa Cruz is the standard, built-in retractable tonneau cover. The bed floor is higher than the new Ford Maverick, and the tonneau cover mechanism takes up some usable bed depth, but for many buyers this won't be an issue.

We go over all the important technical information about this small pickup truck including the features and options found on this Ultimate trim, how it compares to the Hyundai Tucson, and how it stacks up against the Ford Maverick. We discuss fuel economy, along with our overall impressions of how this vehicle performs on the road.

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