The All-New 2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz

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The all-new 2021 Hyundai Santa Cruz won both the Best Pickup Truck Award and Best New Product. As the latter award suggests, this pickup truck is new on the scene. In fact, it's already making quite a splash in the few months it's been on the market. Ready to learn more about this compact truck? This article is your guide to the 2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz, so read on to find out more!

A Vehicle Overview

This truck comes standard with a 2.5L 4-cylinder engine and an 8-speed automatic transmission that's capable of 191 HP. The upper trims come with a turbocharged 2.5L 4-cylinder engine and a dual-clutch 8-speed automatic transmission capable of 281 HP. While the Santa Cruz is a compact truck, it's bigger on the inside. This vehicle seats 5 people and even those in the back will be able to stretch out.

In the back, you've got a 4-foot bed that can hold just shy of 1,800 pounds. Even better is, there's an under-bed compartment that gives you some extra storage space! Because this is a smaller pickup, you'll enjoy better fuel economy. The standard base engine gets 21 MPG in the city and 27 MPG on the highway, while the turbocharged one gets you 19 MPG in the city and 27 MPG on the highway. This truck is more fuel-efficient than others in its class!

Your Hyundai Santa Cruz Trim Choices

You'll get 4 amazing trim options with the all-new 2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz: SE, SEL, SEL Premium, and Limited. The SE and SEL trims get the base engine, while the SEL Premium and Limited trims get the turbocharged one. Here are all the details of each trim!


You might be used to disappointing base trims, but that won't be the case with the SE for the all-new 2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz. This trim option comes standard with cloth upholstery, 18-inch alloy wheels, halogen headlights, keyless entry, and load-leveling rear shocks, all of which will help you conquer the road. As for the infotainment system, it comes with a generous 8-inch touchscreen, HD radio, 2 USB ports, and Bluetooth. In addition, it has wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.

Also, it comes packed with safety features. Hyundai's given the SE trim automatic high-beam headlights, pedestrian detection, driver attention alert, lane keep assist, rear seat alert, automatic emergency braking, forward collision warning, and a rearview camera.

Standout features

  • Advanced infotainment system: the large screen and its wireless features are convenient and safe
  • Full suite of safety features: these all work together to decrease accidents and keep you safe in case of emergencies


Next up is the SEL trim for the all-new 2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz. On top of all the standard features that come with the SE model, you'll also get heated front seats, a power-adjustable driver's seat, satellite radio, push-button start, and remote start. The SEL trim also gives you 2 additional safety features: rear cross-traffic alert and blind spot monitoring.

If these features aren't enough for you, then you'll be pleased to know you can add the Activity package. This package adds roof rails, a sunroof, a sliding rear window, a tonneau cover, LED bed lighting, a 10.2-inch digital instrument cluster, a 120V household-style power outlet, and wireless device charging.

Standout features

  • Heated front seats: you and your front passenger will feel nice and cozy
  • Blindspot monitoring: eliminate the fear of hitting other cars you can't see

SEL Premium

Starting with this trim, you'll get the turbocharged 2.5L 4-cylinder engine. It comes standard with all-wheel drive, which will feel amazing on the road. If you want front-wheel drive, you'll have to wait until early 2022 when Hyundai comes out with this option. You'll also benefit from a digital key, dual-zone automatic climate control, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, and shift paddles.

Standout features

  • Digital key: use your smartphone to operate the locks and to start the engine
  • Shift paddles: manually shift the gears by conveniently using your thumbs


The last option is the Limited. This trim has the turbocharged engine, which allows for more power for the adventurous types. Also, you'll get to appreciate the fantastic leather upholstery and feel its coolness against you. You'll also gain with this trim option 20-inch wheels, ambient interior lighting, and ventilated front seats. In the back, you'll get USB ports and air vents.

The infotainment system gets a larger 10.2-inch touchscreen, as well as an 8-speaker Bose sound system. You'll also enjoy navigation and wired Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. You'll also get some extra safety features, such as a surround-view parking camera system, adaptive cruise control with lane centering, and a blind spot camera.

Standout features

  • Leather upholstery: everyone will know you're driving a classy truck when they see the upholstery
  • Surround-view parking camera system: don't worry about scratches and dents when maneuvering into tight spaces

Come Test Drive the All-New 2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz

If you're planning on buying a truck, then the award winning all-new 2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz should be on your short list. You can't go wrong with buying a Hyundai, especially one that's received so many awards and good reviews. The only thing left to do now is to check it out for yourself at Hamilton Hyundai. Contact us now and we can schedule you a test drive in this outstanding pickup truck. If you're interested in more of Hyundai's top models, be sure to check out our research hub!