I saw it. I sat in it. And I really appreciate what Hyundai is looking to bring to the table with its new Santa Cruz truck. Hyundai gave me a chance to see the thing up close recently and I shot a video on it for Autotrader.

Here are the basic stats you’re going to want to know:

  • Base engine is a 2.5-liter inline four-cylinder making just over 190 horsepower and more than 180 lb-ft of torque. It’s paired with an 8-speed automatic.
  • The more enticing option is the 2.5-liter turbo four, which makes around 280 hp and over 310 lb-ft of torque. That engine is linked to an eight-speed dual-clutch gearbox.
  • Both engines can be had with the optional HTRAC all-wheel-drive system.
  • The smaller engine can tow 3,500 lbs
  • The turbo AWD Santa Cruz can handle 5,000 lbs.

It’s well laid out on the inside and the bed has some smart engineering despite coming in with not a ton of length. You have four feet of space with the tailgate up, or 5’8″ with it down. There’s also drainable under-bed storage and a retracting tonneau cover as well.

It’s a pretty cool compact truck that exists in a segment that really doesn’t exist here anymore. And you should be able to get a fully loaded version for a fair bit under $40,000, which is also good news. Now I want to see an N version with knobby tires and even more juice under the hood.