Hyundai is probably not the first name that comes to mind when thinking of a truck. However, the automaker has been on a roll lately, with winning nameplates in most of the industry's most competitive segments. So, we're not surprised that its first foray into the world of pickups was a hit. In fact, the Hyundai Santa Cruz has proven to be more of a home run, as models fly out of dealerships like a baseball leaving the stadium.

When Hyundai first unveiled the Santa Cruz last spring, it may have seemed like a gamble from a company that had never released pickup in its existence. But it paid off big time, as the compact pickup garnered rave reviews from critics and consumers alike. It was so popular that by the end of its first month on sale, the Santa Cruz had edged out the Chevrolet Corvette as the fast-selling vehicle in the country, according to's August report. On average, Santa Cruz models lingered on dealer lots fewer than eight days, compared to the Corvette's 8.6 days. Both models were selling three times faster than the national average of 26 days.

2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz Highlights

Pickup trucks offer excellent versatility that almost everyone can benefit from at some point or another. However, not everyone needs the immense power of a larger model, and the physical footprints of full-size (and even midsize) models aren't always practical for the average driver. The 2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz delivers many truck benefits—like an open bed, capable towing and hauling, and a higher vantage point— with more convenient and maneuverable space requirements. Here's a quick look at a few of the notable highlights.

  • Capability: The Santa Cruz's available 2.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder powerplant makes 281 horsepower and 311 pound-feet of torque, giving it a max tow rating of 5,000 pounds. And with payload capacities ranging from 1,568 to 1,906 pounds, the Santa Cruz rivals the hauling capability of many larger pickups.

  • Utility: The Santa Cruz enhances its versatility with handy truck bed amenities like an integrated tonneau cover and a lockable underfloor storage compartment with a drain. It also features six tie-down points, revolving D-rings, and adjustable C-channel rails and cleats for even more cargo flexibility.

  • Accommodations and Tech: The Hyundai Santa Cruz is a roomy and refined four-door crew cab with attractive styling, comfortable seating, quality materials, and well-integrated tech. The standard 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system features wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto for clutter-free smartphone integration. And all trims come standard with advanced driver aids like Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist with Pedestrian Detection, Lane Keeping Assist, and Lane Following Assist. Limited models come fully loaded with features like a 10.25-inch infotainment screen, a digital instrument cluster, Adaptive Cruise Control, and Hyundai's Highway Driving Assist semi-autonomous driving system.

Explore the 2022 Santa Cruz at Hyundai of Escondido, near San Marcos and Poway, CA

The 2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz is selling fast, but, fortunately, we've got more on the way here at Hyundai of Escondido. Please feel free to get in touch with us for more information about the Santa Cruz's available configurations, financing options, and the latest Hyundai incentives. And if you'd like to check out the all-new Santa Cruz for yourself, we welcome you to visit us for a test drive. We'd love to give you a tour.

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