Hyundai Santa Cruz a Car? No, it’s a Sport Adventure Truck

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SANTA CRUZ, CA – Is it a four-seat sedan with a small truck bed? Or is it a small pickup that drives like a car? To Hyundai, which has dubbed its all-new Santa Cruz a sport adventure pickup, it’s both.

The Santa Cruz represents Hyundai’s entry into the North American pickup market without going head-to-head with General Motors, Ford, Jeep or Toyota. Even the automaker’s Irvine, CA-based design teams occasionally refer to the Santa Cruz as a car, other times as a truck.

From the 20-in. tires to the tuned suspension and driver-assistance systems to the sloped D-pillar, locking tonneau

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Behind the Wheel of the All-New 2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz

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Hyundai, for its part, is calling the Santa Cruz a “sport adventure vehicle,” or SAV, and asserts that it’s establishing an entirely new class of vehicle. But when I see a bed, I can’t help but call something a truck. However, the Santa Cruz is smaller than the midsize pickup trucks currently on sale, so it might very well have the potential to dominate an entirely new market.

How does the Santa Cruz drive?

The Santa Cruz is currently available with two engines. The first is a non-turbocharged 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission. It puts out

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