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The 2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz made one incredible move by making its debut before the 2022 Ford Maverick. As a result, the Hyundai Santa Cruz is the first new compact truck to enter the scene. However, critics are trying to find a few things Hyundai could have spent more time on. 

The 2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz has a few drawbacks to consider 

A gray-green 2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz parked on a paved road in the desert
2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz | Hyundai

According to MarketWatch, the 2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz has a few potential drawbacks to consider. However, there are a few great features to celebrate as well. The first disappointment involves the price. 

We still don’t know how much the Hyundai Santa Cruz costs. It’s expected to begin at around $25,000. Meanwhile, we already know that the 2022 Ford Maverick has an MSRP of $19,995. Also, the larger Honda ridgeline starts at about $36,490. It’s difficult to judge the value of the Santa Cruz without knowing the price. 

What critics like about the Santa Cruz 

The 2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz driving down a road in the desert.
2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz | Hyundai

The MarketWatch team praises the 2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz for being extremely capable. It can tow up to 5,000 lbs and carry a payload of up to 1,785 lbs when properly equipped. It can be equipped with AWD too. 

Plus, the truck bed makes perfect use of its space with underfloor storage, a retractable locking tonneau cover, with tie-downs, and cleats. There are two storage cubbies in the sides of the bed, and you can use them to create a two-tier shelf and take advantage of the outlets. Also, the integrated bumper steps make access easy. 

The Hyundai Santa Cruz is expected to be comfortable and convenient. It has a unibody suspension for a smoother ride, and it’s the perfect size for maneuvering around tight areas. It should have the same interior refinement as the Santa Fe and Palisade. 

A few standard features include forward collision avoidance, lane-keeping assistance, and driver attention warning. It’s a little too early to find Santa Cruz problems, but we will keep you updated as more information is released.

Potential Santa Cruz drawbacks 

For a smaller truck, the 2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz isn’t exactly fuel-efficient. It has two engine options. The 2.5-liter inline-four provides 190 hp and 180 lb-ft of torque. It gets an EPA-estimated 21 mpg in the city and up to 27 mpg on the highway. 

The turbocharged 2.5-liter inline-four engine pumps out 275 hp and 310 lb-ft of torque. It gets an EPA-estimated 19 mpg in the city and up to 27 mpg on the highway. The 2022 Ford Maverick flexes with a 2.5-liter inline-four electric engine with 191 hp and 155 lb-ft of torque that provides an EPA-estimated 40 mpg. 

However, this engine can’t be paired with all-wheel drive. But the Maverick’s 2.0-liter turbo inline-four engine with 250 hp and 277 lb-ft of torque gets an EPA-estimated 23 mpg in the city and up to 31 mpg on the highway. 

The MarketWatch team then noted that the Santa Cruz has a small bed. But it is a compact truck. The bed is about 52.1 inches long, which is over 10 inches less than the Ridgeline. But it can still hold 4×8 plywood sheets. 

They then mentioned that blind-spot monitoring and rear-cross traffic alert don’t come standard. But a full list of the standard features hasn’t been released yet. Perhaps the base model lacks these features to provide a competitive price against the Maverick. 


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