June 8

2023 Hyundai Santa Cruz: Overview


The 2023 innovatively designed and well-equipped extended-cab Hyundai Santa Cruz pickup truck has a remarkably unique look for its class. If you’re looking for a vehicle that’s as ready for adventure as you are, read below as our truck experts at Huffines Hyundai in McKinney, Texas, lay out an overview of the 2023 Santa Cruz’s capabilities, features, and options.

Trim Levels, Core Features, and Capacity Statistics

The sleek 2023 Hyundai Santa Cruz is available in five trim levels: the SE, SEL, Night, SEL Premium, and Limited. The SE and SEL trim levels come with standard front-wheel or optional all-wheel drive. The trim levels above them are all-wheel drive only. Two engine and transmission pairings are available for this pickup. The first is a 2.5-liter four-cylinder granting 191 horsepower and 181 lb-ft of torque tied to an eight-speed automatic transmission. 

The second variant is a turbocharged version of the first with an eight-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission generating 281 horsepower and 311 lb-ft of torque. The first engine gets 22 mpg in town and 26 mpg on the open road, while the turbocharged one gets 19 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway.

This pickup truck can tow up to 3,500 pounds with the first engine option and up to 5,000 pounds with the turbocharged engine. The base engine allows the Santa Cruz to carry up to 1,568 pounds of cargo. The turbocharged version increases that number to 1,749 pounds. The bed area can carry up to 27 cubic feet of cargo. Without the turbocharger, the engine takes this pickup from zero to 60 in 9.1 seconds. 

The supercharged engine cuts that down to an impressive 6 seconds. Although the Santa Cruz doesn’t have an off-road rating, its independent multi-link strut suspension system makes for an incredibly smooth ride, even at full weight and towing capacity.

Exterior Styling, Features, and Options

The 2023 Hyundai Santa Cruz has a unique, high-class look that sets it apart. Its front end curves up fiercely around a grille that almost looks armored. The bumper is hefty, resting just under large fog light units. The cabin of the vehicle appears comparable to a sedan. 

The bed end of the truck is of a smooth metropolitan style that leaves traditional boxy design trends behind entirely. Standard exterior features include deeply tinted glass, a rear step bumper, a rear window defroster unit, a lip spoiler, automatic high-beam headlights, a crank-down spare tire, and 18-inch alloy wheels.

The 2023 Hyundai Santa Cruz’s exterior options include 20-inch versions of the alloy wheels, an express-open-and-close tilting and sliding glass sunroof, a hard tonneau cover, integrated storage bays, automatic on-and-off projector-beam LED versions of the headlights, a dark chrome grille, roof rack rails, and heated side-view mirrors with integrated turn signals. Rain-detecting windshield wipers are also available, ensuring you can see clearly during the rainy season in McKinney.

Entertainment, Comfort, and Convenience Features and Options

The main console of the 2023 Hyundai Santa Cruz is available with a 10.25-inch color touch-screen infotainment system with onboard navigation capabilities. You can operate the radio and infotainment system using voice commands. The infotainment system comes with Bluetooth, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, and SiriusXM satellite radio program suites, while the navigation system features a live traffic flow and incident data feed. The 2023 Santa Cruz is available with a spectacularly clear-playing Bose premium eight-speaker sound system with a digital signal processor, a regular amplifier, and an integrated roof antenna.

Standard comfort features include manual air conditioning, an air filtration system, six-way adjustable bucket seats, one-touch up-and-down power windows, stain-resistant cloth upholstery, and a driver’s footrest. Optional comfort add-ons include a heated leather and metal-look steering wheel, leather upholstery, voice-activated dual-zone air conditioning, and a leather and metal-look gear shifter.

Standard convenience features in the 2023 Hyundai Santa Cruz include auto-locking doors, cruise control with steering wheel controls, a pair of 12-volt DC power outlets, a tilting and telescoping steering column, a day-night rearview mirror, a power fuel flap release, and fade-to-off interior lighting. Convenience options include a 120-volt AC power outlet, Bluelink Connected Car Service, smart device remote engine start, and distance-pacing stop-and-go cruise control.

Safety Features and Options

Many practical safety features are available for the 2023 Hyundai Santa Cruz, some standard, some optional, and many favorable for new or elderly drivers. Standard safety features include forward and rear collision mitigation, driver monitoring and alert, dual-stage front airbags, collision avoidance, lane departure warning, lane-keeping assistance, rear child safety locks, first- and second-row curtain airbags, forward pedestrian detection, lane-following assistance, a blind-spot alert, a tire-specific low-pressure warning system, and a backup camera.

Optional safety features include an enhanced version of the collision avoidance system capable of detecting cyclists, Bluelink Connected Emergency SOS and car service, and an aerial view camera system that can see from every side of the vehicle and displays its feeds on the infotainment screen.

Buy and Upgrade Your 2023 Santa Cruz at Huffines Hyundai

Huffines Hyundai of McKinney, Texas, has been serving the practical people of the Lone Star State and those beyond for many years. We want you to be able to get  the best deals we can offer, so we regularly have vehicle specials that may include the Hyundai Santa Cruz. Our deals usually span 36 months and involve affordable down payment requirements and monthly rates. Our showroom and finance center are open 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

Once you know which trim and feature setup suits you best, head to our service center. Our expertly trained service team can performance-tune the 2023 Santa Cruz and install upgrades, such as heavy-duty brake systems, cold air intakes, sound reduction features, and more. Our service center is open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday.

Feel free to contact us and set up a test drive of the spectacularly well-built 2023 Hyundai Santa Cruz. Our team members will gladly answer all your questions and help you search our expansive inventory for the version that suits you best.


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