2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz vs. 2022 Honda Ridgeline

Did you know that the 2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz just became the fastest-selling new vehicle in America? While that's a feat in and of itself, it doesn’t really explain how this unorthodox small pickup beat the Honda Ridgeline on its way to becoming the best new truck in the country.

What makes the revolutionary Santa Cruz such a better choice than the Ridgeline? Dive into this “Santa Cruz vs. Ridgeline” comparison to find out.

5 Big Reasons Why Santa Cruz Beats Ridgeline

5. Better Price

For many people, what matters most in their small truck purchase is dollars and cents. In this respect, the new Hyundai Santa Cruz is far and away better than the Ridgeline. With an MSRP of $23,990, the 2022 Santa Cruz SE is not only cheaper than Honda’s Ridgeline, but it’s also one of the most affordable compact pickup trucks on the market. Even at the top of the range (Santa Cruz Limited), Hyundai’s little truck is nearly comparable in price to the basic Ridgeline Sport.

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4. Better Trunk

For years, the Honda Ridgeline was the versatile small truck thanks in large part to its lockable in-bed trunk. Unfortunately, that trunk is on the small side, offering just 7.3 cubic feet of space. While it’s still practical in a pinch, you’d need an aftermarket truck accessory to secure and protect larger, more expensive items in Ridgeline’s bed.

Hyundai Santa Cruz offers that same practicality with its own little hidden truck trunk. Santa Cruz’s trunk is fully lockable and can hold about 2 large backpacks. It’s even got a drain plug, just like Ridgeline’s, which enables it to be used as a mobile cooler – a perfect truck feature for tailgating. Unlike Ridgeline, Santa Cruz also features sidewall storage compartments for smaller items.

Camping With 2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz
What makes Santa Cruz really different than Ridgeline is its open-bed layout and available lockable tonneau cover. This cover, which is optional on SEL and standard on SEL Premium and Limited models, turns the truck bed into an enormous – 52.1 inches long and 53.9 inches wide, give or take – trunk. 

3. Better Value for Towing

2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz Pulling Camper
For the price point, the Santa Cruz truck is a far better investment than the Ridgeline. That value increases exponentially if you frequent Miami Beach with your jet skis in tow. That’s because both the Ridgeline and Santa Cruz, when properly equipped, can haul a max of 5,000 pounds on their hitches. You’re paying about $1 per towing pound less by choosing the Santa Cruz over the Ridgeline.2. Better Performance.

The 2022 Santa Cruz is equipped with a base 191-hp 2.5L 4-cylinder that makes 181 lb-ft of torque and returns up to 21 city/27 highway mpg. Of course, Hyundai understands that different people need trucks for different reasons, which is why they put a beefier 281-hp Turbo-4 in the Santa Cruz SEL Premium and Limited models. This Turbo engine makes 311 lb-ft of torque and returns 19 city/27 highway mpg. More power and more fuel economy make the Santa Cruz a Ridgeline-destroyer.

1. Better Warranty & Coverage

When it comes to “Hyundai vs. Honda,” the debate ends right here. That’s because Hyundai undisputedly offers America’s Best Warranty: A 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain limited warranty. Additionally, every new Santa Cruz also includes a 5-year/60,000-mile new vehicle limited warranty, 5 years/unlimited miles of emergency roadside assistance, and complimentary routine maintenance for the first 3 years/36,000 miles.

2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz For Sale in Miami, FL
What is Honda Ridgeline’s warranty? Just your basic, run-of-the-mill coverage: A 3-year/36,000-mile limited new vehicle warranty, 5-year/60,000-mile powertrain limited warranty and only 3 years of roadside assistance.

The Choice is Obvious.

If you’re in the market for a small truck for tailgating or to get some weekend “honey-do” work done, the all-new Hyundai Santa Cruz is the smart pick. It’s incredibly affordable, has an incredible warranty, gets great gas mileage, and does just about everything Ridgeline can do.

Looking for a new truck in Miami? Head to Braman Hyundai, your South Florida Hyundai dealership. We’ve got excellent finance and lease deals on the new 2022 Santa Cruz right now. Call us at (786) 623-4261 or visit us at 2001 NE 2nd Ave in Miami before all our Santa Cruz trucks sell out!

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