As consumer trends change, manufacturers like Hyundai are keeping up with what their customers want. The truck hasn’t been released yet but Hyundai can already claim something that no other truck manufacturer in the market can.
What’s special about the Hyundai Santa Cruz?
The Santa Cruz is a unibody pickup, which means the frame and body are connected in one single piece like an SUV. Most trucks are built "body-on-frame" where the body is attached to a skateboard-style frame.
Which types of drivers will like the Hyundai Santa Cruz?
The Santa Cruz is made to be more of a truck you take to outdoor activities than for transporting things. But it can still carry over 1,700 pounds. The appeal of a pickup truck is having storage in the back of the vehicle that you can use to carry big items.
You’ll still get that with the Santa Cruz, but you’ll be sacrificing space since the truck only has a 4-foot bed.
Typical pickup truck beds are around 6 to 8 feet long. You can still store and transport large items with the Santa Cruz, but not as much as you’d be able to with a midsize pickup or SUV.
Hyundai is counting on the smaller size to be a selling point for truck buyers who don't need as much storage capacity.
When can you buy the new truck?
The Santa Cruz isn't on the market yet, but the 2022 model year is expected to be available this summer. Hyundai is currently taking reservations for the new compact truck, which will come in SE, SEL, SEL Premium, and Limited trim options.
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