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Is the 2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz Truck Good as a Car?

The 2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz compact pickup truck/sport adventure vehicle parked near a lighthouse

The Hyundai Santa Cruz was one of the most anticipated new trucks of 2022. It is known to be based on a unibody car chassis. So, is it as good as a car as a truck? Well, what makes a good car? Good cars are safe, affordable, economical, reliable and comfortable. When you factor all that in, the Santa Cruz is a good, if long, car. It’s just a car with the world’s largest trunk if you want to see it that way. Or could it be a great daily driver?

Is the 2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz safe?

The 2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz compact pickup/sports adventure vehicle parked near a lighthouse

2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz | Hyundai Motor America

The IIHS says the 2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz is a Top Safety Pick. The only places the Santa Cruz fall short are the headlamps and the LATCH mechanism of the child seat. The headlights don’t illuminate corners as well as they could, according to IIHS. The Santa Cruz gets an acceptable rating for its LATCH mechanism, but was caught sitting too low in the seat. Furthermore, it has good ratings for all the crash tests that IIHS does.