Hyundai Santa Cruz Named Best Pickup of 2022 by Northwest Automotive Press Association

Hyundai Santa Cruz Named Best Pickup of 2022 by Northwest Automotive Press Association

“Receiving NWAPA’s Best Pickup Truck award for the second year in a row confirms that Santa Cruz is breaking new ground within the SUV, truck and crossover segments by offering a true Sport Adventure Vehicle unlike anything else in the US market,” said Ricky Lao, director of product planning, Hyundai Motor North America. “With its powerful and efficient powertrain options, a flexible open bed for gears, advanced technology and an agile four-wheel drive platform, Santa Cruz has created an entirely new segment that meets a wide range of buyer needs.”

NWAPA members spent two days evaluating 20 SUVs, crossover vehicles and pickups on specially prepared courses at Ridge Motorsports Park in Shelton, Washington† The first day of testing consisted of curbside courses designed to allow evaluation of acceleration, braking, handling and handling. The second day focused on off-road performance, with challenges to evaluate traction, ground clearance, chassis articulation and the latest off-road technology.

NWAPA ( is a professional organization of automotive journalists and media members from across the Pacific Northwest and Southwestern Canada† Founded in 1991, NWAPA includes 45 voting members representing newspapers, magazines, radio stations, media groups and the Internet.

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