The Hyundai Santa Cruz is the best truck… in the world

It’s official

Hyundai has tried every trick in the book to make the Santa Cruz more relevant. They’ve even driven it to Santa Cruz, California. I guess that’s a bit like driving the best-looking Alfa of the last twenty years to the design district in Milan (yup, it’s called ‘Brera’).

I’m not sure it worked in terms of sales (too early to say even though Hyundai is bullish on that front) but the Santa Cruz has just won an important award: it was officially named ‘the best truck in the world’, according to the WAPA.

The Santa Cruz is built in the U.S., at the Hyundai plant in Montgomery, Alabama, and the Washington Automotive Press Association awarded the Santa Cruz (out of 20 new vehicles) thanks to its “innovative design and versatility”.

I’m not complaining, I like the Santa Cruz. It’s a breath of fresh (ICE-powered) air in the truck world. It is available with two powertrain options: a 2.5 L 4-cylinder engine, with or without a turbocharger, putting out 191 hp / 181 lb-ft and 281 hp / 311 lb-ft respectively.

Prices start at just $23,990 and that, these days, is a bargain.

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Comments (25)

  • It's a Hyundai, they need to offer a base model for under 20k. As SN P said you can get a Maverick for less and I'd rather a Ford than a Hyundai. 🤔

      1 month ago
  • Ummm....no. I'll happily hang onto my superduty, thanks.

      1 month ago
  • If I wanted a small truck I would get a Ford Ranger, Toyota Tacoma or a Chevy Colorado. I’ll pass with Hyundai, owned one… never again. At least yhe three I listed are reliable but why get a small truck. Get an F250 or Chevy 2500… hell even a Ram 2500

      1 month ago
  • Please pass me a Raptor or a TRX over that thing

      1 month ago
  • That would be the F-150, my friend.

      1 month ago
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