What is the Santa Cruz?
The Santa Cruz is Hyundai's trucklet-style alternative to the sea of crossover SUVs on our roadways these days. It's a unibody vehicle, meaning there's no ladder chassis (or frame) underneath the Santa Cruz. It also drives largely like its Hyundai Tucson SUV counterpart. So what's the appeal? Simply put: It's different. The Santa Cruz is fun to be in and better to drive than you'd expect, with a set of useful features that make day-to-day life with one altogether less boring.
We don't expect the formula to change much for 2024. The Santa Cruz first went on sale for the 2021 model year and we don't expect a face-lift of any kind until perhaps 2025. If anything, we expect Hyundai to pay more attention to its Tucson crossover for the 2024 model year and let those changes trickle over to the Santa Cruz a year later.