SUVs and Trucks Compete at Pacific Northwest Mudfest

© Perry Stern, Automotive Content Experience© Perry Stern, Automotive Content Experience
Best Pickup Truck — 2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz Limited
Price as tested: $41,100
Hyundai’s first attempt at a pickup, the Santa Cruz boasts a unique design the helps this truck stand out from practically any other vehicle on the road. Featuring a spacious cabin with the latest high-tech comfort and safety features, the Santa Cruz has a proper truck bed — albeit a rather short one — with useful tiedowns, a water-tight storage space in the bed floor and a hard lockable tonneau cover to protect the cargo. It may not have the capability of larger trucks in the category, but the Santa Cruz offers great performance and is a lot of fun to drive. Santa Cruz’s HTRAC AWD features an electronic variable-torque-split clutch with active torque control between front and rear axles, which helps it easily deal with rougher terrain and also helped Santa Cruz best the competition for the second year in a row.

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