Hyundai Santa Cruz: Best Pickup Truck By NWAPA
The debate continues whether you call the 2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz a pickup truck or our Sport Adventure Vehicle. What if more than one can be true?
According to the Northwest Automotive Press Association, you are all correct. In fact, the Santa Cruz won the 2021 best pickup truck award from the media members of the NWAPA in a recent driving event.
The Santa Cruz on the merits of straddling multiple segments by breaking new ground. It does so with a bold yet sophisticated design, a choice of efficient powertrain options, a flexible open bed for gear, cutting-edge connectivity, and an available highly maneuverable all-wheel drive platform.
The NWAPA tested their vehicles using these criteria. The on-road evaluation venue included portions that tested acceleration, handling, braking, rear-view cameras, and more. The heart of the on-road testing took place on a special track, complete with elevation changes, sharp corners, and sweeping curves – creating the type of conditions drivers encounter on the road every day.
The vehicles were also evaluated on an off-road course that simulated rough Forest Service roads that northwest drivers often encounter on weekend adventures. Plenty of loose dirt, deep ruts, steep climbs, and dramatic descents formed the second day’s route, challenging each vehicle’s four- or all-wheel drive systems. The venue allowed the vehicles to showcase state-of-the-art technologies, including 360-degree cameras, hill descent controls, and state-of-the-art traction management systems.
The Hyundai Santa Cruz commanded all of the above with flying colors. One drive will tell you. Take out on a gravel road by your farm and it will perform like a farm hand. Become the tailgate magnet when you travel for a Minnesota Vikings game – don’t forget to fill the in-bed cargo compartment with your favorite beverages! Bring the family for some fun on a fall color road trip!