Editors’ Picks: Top Cars We Drove in 2021

© Perry Stern, Automotive Content Experience© Perry Stern, Automotive Content Experience
2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz
Santa Cruz is available with two engine options: a 191-horsepower 2.5-liter 4-cylinder or a more powerful 2.5-liter turbocharged powerplant that bumps up to 281 horsepower and 311 lb-ft of torque, the latter of which gets paired with a quick-shifting 8-speed dual-clutch gearbox. The normally aspirated engine is rated at a 3,500-pound towing capacity, while the turbo AWD variant can tow up to 5,000 pounds. Inside, the Santa Cruz has a premium feeling thanks to lines that flow from the center of the dash and wrap around the cabin. On up-level trims, the integrated driver display and large center display give a distinctively high-tech vibe. With the benefits and drivability of a small crossover combined with the utility of an open pickup truck bed, the Santa Cruz offers a level of versatility difficult to match.

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