Santa Cruz Is AutoTrader’s Best Compact Truck of the Year

2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz | Toronto, ON

Last summer, the truck world was rocked to its core when the all-new Hyundai Santa Cruz was introduced. With its unique style and practical capability, the compact truck quickly became a favorite in the industry. So it’s no surprise that the Santa Cruz has been named the Best Compact Truck of the Year by AutoTrader.

AutoTrader Awards

More than 20 automotive journalists evaluated all 2022 model year vehicles for the 2022 AutoTrader Awards. The experts used 12 key criteria to assess each model before giving out a total of 30 awards across the industry. 

“The Hyundai Santa Cruz distinguished itself from its competitors with its functional capability, stand-out design and array of technology features,” said Jodi Lai, editor-in-chief at “We are excited to see automotive manufacturers continue to innovate and cater to the Canada’s most diverse consumer segment, and we are proud to be the entity that evaluates and recognizes their efforts while providing Canadians expert advice throughout their car-buying process.”

New Features

One of the highlights of the new Santa Cruz is its versatile bed with LED lighting, an integrated sliding and lockable tonneau cover, lockable under-bed waterproof storage compartment, and integrated rear bumper steps. This Sport Adventure Vehicle is also equipped with a 115-volt power outlet and an adjustable rail and cleat system with six tie-down points.

If you’d like to learn more about the award-winning Santa Cruz, contact our team or visit us at Downtown Hyundai in Toronto, Ontario.

2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz Trim Levels Revealed

2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz | Toronto, ON

The arrival of the all-new 2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz has been highly anticipated ever since it was announced in April. This Sport Adventure Vehicle is truly unique and blends the truck, SUV, and crossover segments into one capable and stylish model. Santa Cruz trim levels were recently announced and we’ve got the details.

Both trims — Preferred and Ultimate — are equipped with a 2.5-litre turbo engine and a wet-type eight-speed Dual Clutch Transmission with SHIFTRONIC® manual mode. Other standard features include a Drive Mode Select system, paddle shifters, multi-terrain control modes, and an HTRAC™ All-Wheel Drive system.


Even on the base trim, the 2022 Santa Cruz comes with a long list of standard features. Amenities include heated front seats; a heated, leather-wrapped steering wheel; and a leather-wrapped shift knob. Technology comes in the form of an 8-inch touch-screen display, Apple CarPlay®, Android Auto™, and Bluetooth®.

Exterior features for the Santa Cruz Preferred include LED lighting, a lockable under-bed storage compartment, heavy duty cargo D-rings, an integrated tonneau cover, integrated rear bumper side steps, and a multi-functional tailgate.

Standard advanced driver-assist systems for the Preferred include Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist with Pedestrian and Cyclist Detection, Lane Following and Lane Keeping Assist, Blind-Spot Collision-Avoidance Assist, and Rear Cross-Traffic Collision-Avoidance Assist.


Moving up to the Santa Cruz Ultimate adds more safety, technology, and convenience features. Leather seating, heated and ventilated front seats, and an eight-way power driver’s seat come standard. The exterior sports 20-inch alloy wheels.

This trim’s touch screen expands to 10.25 inches and comes with a navigation system. Other tech upgrades include a Bose® eight-speaker sound system and a wireless charging pad. Blind View Monitor, Surround View Monitor, and Highway Driving Assist are all standard for the Ultimate trim.

The 2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz will be available soon at Downtown Hyundai in Toronto, Ontario.

Hyundai Unveils New 2022 Santa Cruz Sport Adventure Vehicle

2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz | Toronto, ON

Hyundai is turning the automotive industry on its head. The carmaker recently unveiled its highly anticipated 2022 Santa Cruz, a Sport Adventure Vehicle that raises the bar in the SUV, truck, and crossover segments.

The Santa Cruz has a unique exterior design that straddles the line between SUV and pickup truck. From the front, this Hyundai has a wide, sculpted hood that is reminiscent of a rugged SUV. When you approach it from the rear, though, you will find a truck bed that provides versatility, allowing you to use the Santa Cruz for camping adventures, home improvement projects, and more.

Inside, a refined design contrasts with the rugged exterior. The Santa Cruz comes outfitted with innovative technologies like an edgeless 10-inch infotainment screen in the centre console. The front seats boast a dual-cockpit design, and the rear seats offer convenient storage compartments underneath.

Under the hood of the 2022 Santa Cruz, you can choose two powertrain options. The standard is a 2.5-litre four-cylinder engine that puts out over 190 horsepower and over 180 lb-ft of torque. A 2.5-litre turbocharged engine is also available, putting out over 275 horsepower and over 310 lb-ft of torque.

The Santa Cruz will also come available with HTRAC® all-wheel-drive capability. It can tow up to 5,000 pounds when properly equipped.

The 2022 Santa Cruz is coming soon, and we’ll be sure to stock this exciting new model for you right here at Downtown Hyundai in Toronto.