Live Thread: One week with a 2024 Hyundai Santa Cruz XRT AWD

David S.
By David S. Wallens
Apr 18, 2024 | Hyundai, New Car Review, Santa Cruz, Live Thread, Hyundai Santa Cruz, XRT, Santa Cruz XRT

Photography by David S. Wallens

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Welcome to this week’s test vehicle, a 2024 Hyundai Santa Cruz XRT AWD. It’s another entrant in the latest generation of smaller pickups. This will be our second go-around with the Santa Cruz, as we drove a Santa Cruz Limited late last year.

Questions? Comments? Welcome to the thread.

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Comments
Colin Wood
Colin Wood Associate Editor
1/8/24 11:50 a.m.

Although I would probably opt for a Maverick if I were in the market, I can't help but turn my head every time I see one in traffic.

Whether or not that person is an active, outdoorsy type, it certainly projects that image.

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
1/8/24 11:51 a.m.

First, I am happy to see smaller pickups making a comeback. (I know some will counter that they never went away.) 

Not all of us are going to tow a fifth wheel. We simply need something that’s easy to live with that offers both clean and dirty storage. Nice to see Hyundai with an entry. 

 

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
1/8/24 11:55 a.m.

First impressions: It’s the Hyundai of smaller trucks. Roomy interior. Cool styling. I dig the grille. 

Easy to get in and out of. 

I do wish the lower cushions offered a bit more as they feel a bit flat. 

More to come but what would you like to know? 

Tom Suddard
Tom Suddard GRM+ Memberand Publisher
1/8/24 12:11 p.m.

Is this the one that's rated to tow 5000 lbs?

JG Pasterjak
JG Pasterjak Production/Art Director
1/8/24 12:31 p.m.

I really dig the one I had. Initially I was like "WTF I don't want a TRUCK in downtown San Francisco for three days" but the thing was nice and tidy to drive. It's like the best parts of a smallish car, with the utility of a small truck. It'd be a great only vehicle for a city type.

rob_lewis
rob_lewis UberDork
1/8/24 12:36 p.m.
Colin Wood said:

Although I would probably opt for a Maverick if I were in the market,

Same, I'd probably go for a Maverick, but this seems to be just slightly better with a roomier interior and more towing capacity.  Plus, they aren't as popular as the Maverick, which may be telling, so they're cheaper and not as likely to be "adjusted" in price.

I don't know what to ask.  I'd want one for just daily driving and weekend work truck stuff.  I guess does it do anything wrong?

-Rob

Tom1200
Tom1200 PowerDork
1/8/24 12:39 p.m.

We were shopping these for my wife. In the end we went with a Santa Fe.

I will say that I liked it a lot. If I had to have one vehicle to do it all a Santa Cruz would work well.

ChrisTropea
ChrisTropea Associate Editor
1/8/24 1:31 p.m.

I rode over to the Mecum auction with David on Saturday in this truck. From the passenger seat it had plenty of leg room and the seats were comfortable. One thing I did not like was the lack of physical buttons on the infotainment system. 

Keith Tanner
Keith Tanner GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
1/8/24 1:53 p.m.
Tom Suddard said:

Is this the one that's rated to tow 5000 lbs?

And can it still maintain the EPA rated fuel economy while doing it? ;)

Seriously, though - I saw one of these modified and it was the most sci-fi looking thing. I can't remember if it was lowered or slightly lifted, but I think it had a bit of poke on the tires. Looked crazy.

Keith Tanner
Keith Tanner GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
1/8/24 1:55 p.m.

Is the GRM version of this a Subaru Baja?

 

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