Hyundai is bringing a pickup truck to the states and it won’t compete against anything that you were already shopping for. I will save my ridicule of the Honda Ridgeline given the fact that anyone I know who owns one absolutely loves it. And so far the Ridgeline has competed in a unibody pickup class of its own. Back in 2015 Hyundai revealed they were going to release an SUV without an enclosed cargo area of their own.
As Car and Driver works their way through “25 Cars Worth Waiting For”, they recently landed on the Hyundai Santa Cruz. Hyundai has confirmed production and that the Santa Cruz will be built along the Santa Fe in their Alabama plant. The Hyundai truck buyer probably won’t be looking for massive towing capacity or even massive power, so I would expect Ridgeline-esque specifications rather than Ford F-350 capacities. That means an inline 4-cylinder and a tow rating at 5,000lbs or under.
The now 5 year old concept still looks great. The muscular features and modern bling give it great REI parking lot appeal without screaming soccer mom. At a starting price around $25,000, an outdoorsy urbanite that needs a bed to throw bikes and snowboards in could do much worse. If you’re a wannabe truck owner that doesn’t actually want to own a truck, you now have choices. What a time to be alive.
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