2023 Hyundai Santa Cruz: Engine Options, Specs, Trim Upgrades

With its versatile bed, good handling, and a high-quality interior, the 2023 Hyundai Santa Cruz is a worthy competitor to another popular compact pickup truck, the Ford Maverick. Find out what we know so far about the release date, price, specs, and features of the new 2023 Hyundai Santa Cruz.

When is the 2023 Hyundai Santa Cruz coming out?

Front angle view of light blue 2023 Hyundai Santa Cruz pickup truck, highlighting its release date and price
2023 Hyundai Santa Cruz | Hyundai

The new 2023 Hyundai Santa Cruz will likely be available in late Summer/early Fall 2022. It will be available at Hyundai dealerships throughout the United States and in select international markets. 

The Hyundai Santa Cruz is built at Hyundai’s plant in Montgomery, Alabama.

How much does the 2023 Hyundai Santa Cruz cost?

Pickup bed of 2023 Hyundai Santa Cruz, highlighting its release date and price
2023 Hyundai Santa Cruz | Hyundai

The price information is not yet available for the 2023 Hyundai Santa Cruz pickup truck. However, the 2023 Santa Cruz will likely cost slightly more than the 2022 Santa Cruz. The starting price of the 2022 Santa Cruz ranges from $24,440 MSRP for the 2.5L SE trim up to $40,170 MSRP for the 2.5T Limited trim.

2023 Santa Cruz specs: Engine options, gas mileage, and towing

Rear angle view of gray 2023 Hyundai Santa Cruz pickup truck, highlighting its release date and price
2023 Hyundai Santa Cruz | Hyundai

The new 2023 Hyundai Santa Cruz offers two engine options. The standard 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine for the pickup truck generates 191 horsepower and 181 lb-ft of torque, while the turbocharged 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine produces 281 horsepower and 311 lb-ft of torque.

Both engines are mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission, but the turbo engine features a dual-clutch version. Also, buyers of the Santa Cruz have a choice of either a front-wheel drive system or a traction-enhancing all-wheel drive system.

While the Santa Cruz won’t be confused for a big rig towing powerhouse, it has a respectable maximum towing capacity of 5,000 pounds. However, that’s for the turbocharged engine. With the weaker base engine, the Santa Cruz can tow only 3,500 pounds. On the efficiency front, the Santa Cruz gets an estimated gas mileage of up to 21 city/27 highway mpg.

What’s new for the 2023 Santa Cruz?

Seats in 2023 Hyundai Santa Cruz pickup truck, highlighting its release date and price
2023 Hyundai Santa Cruz | Hyundai

The 2023 Hyundai Santa Cruz is a carryover model. However, the compact pickup truck has some feature upgrades across the trim lineup. This includes a few driving assistance features that are now standard for all trims — blind-spot collision-avoidance assist, rear cross-traffic collision-avoidance assist, and safe exit warning. Also, the 10.25” navigation touchscreen display, which was previously only for the Limited trim, is now in the SEL Premium trim as well.

Additionally, the 2023 Santa Cruz adds a new NIGHT trim to the lineup. Furthermore, the new Santa Cruz offers two new exterior paint color options: Atlas White and California Sand.

What are the pickup truck competitors of the Hyundai Santa Cruz?

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The Hyundai Santa Cruz only has one competitor in the compact pickup truck segment: the Ford Maverick. However, the Santa Cruz also competes with midsize trucks, including the Honda Ridgeline, Toyota Tacoma, Ford Ranger, Chevy Colorado, GMC Canyon, Nissan Frontier, and Jeep Gladiator.

Also, for warranty coverage, the 2023 Santa Cruz has the backing of a 5-year/60,000-mile basic warranty and a 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty. Additionally, the Santa Cruz has a free maintenance plan, which is good for three years or 36,000 miles. 

As detailed earlier, the release date of the new 2023 Hyundai Santa Cruz compact pickup truck will likely be in late Summer/early Fall 2022. Also, the 2023 Santa Cruz will likely cost slightly more than the 2022 Santa Cruz, which has a starting base price of $24,440 MSRP.

This article was updated on 7/28/2022.

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