Hyundai Santa Cruz

Price $40,799 – $47,599
Fuel consumption 8.7 – 12.2 L/100km
The Car Guide rating 77%(view ratings)
The Santa Cruz combines the versatility of an open cargo bed with the comfort and handling of an SUV. For some reason, Hyundai still doesn’t want to call it a pickup. Customers don’t seem to care, as sales are surprisingly decent. The Santa Cruz is motivated exclusively by a turbocharged 2.5-litre four-cylinder engine producing 281 horsepower and towing up to 5,000 lbs. Too bad the cargo bed is just 4 feet and 3 inches long.

Detailed ratings

Global rating
The Car Guide rating 77%
Fuel economy 7/10
Reliability 6/10
Safety 8/10
Infotainment 8/10
Driving 7/10
Overall 8/10
Compact and mid-size pickup trucks
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What's new in 2024

Improved safety for all versions, 20-inch wheels (Trend package).


  • High-performance turbo engine
  • Drives like an SUV
  • Very effective braking
  • Passenger-friendly rear seats


  • Very short bed
  • Capricious tonneau cover in winter
  • Restricted rear visibility
  • Trouble with the dual clutch gearbox