2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz or 2022 Hyundai Tucson: Who has the better towing capacity?

February 1st, 2022 by

2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz Towing Capacity

The 2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz is a peculiar vehicle. It’s neither a truck nor a compact SUV, and it’s not even both. It’s a “sports adventure vehicle,” and it’s this unique form factor that makes it even more appealing and exciting for drivers in Southern Wisconsin. But is the Hyundai Santa Cruz just a pickup truck version of the Hyundai Tucson, or does it have any other special powers of its own? Most importantly, does it offer more towing capacity than the 2022 Tucson? At Boucher Hyundai of Janesville in Janesville, WI, let’s find out just that.

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2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz vs. 2022 Hyundai Tucson Performance

As you may have guessed by the way it looks, the 2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz is based on the same platform and shares some of its underpinnings with the 2022 Hyundai Tucson. Both have the same base engines – a 2.5-liter inline-4 cylinder – but while the Tucson makes 187 horsepower and 178 pound-feet of torque, the Santa Cruz has been tweaked to produce 191 hp and 181 pound-feet of torque. And while the 2022 Tucson offers the same engine across the board, Santa Cruz offers a 281-hp, 2.5-liter “turbo” engine on the higher SEL Premium and Limited trim levels, which produce an incredible 311 pound-feet of torque. Besides, the 2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz offers standard HTRAC All-Wheel Drive on its higher trims, while it’s available as optional on the 2022 Hyundai Tucson.

Also Read: 2022 Hyundai Tucson Cargo Capacity and Passenger Space Dimensions

2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz vs. 2022 Hyundai Tucson Towing Capacity

Thanks to its better power and torque figures and standard HTRAC All-Wheel Drive, the 2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz offers an impressive towing capacity of up to 3,500 pounds, which is 1,500 pounds more than what the 2022 Hyundai Tucson can manage to tow. And it’s pretty understandable why. More torque means better acceleration, better traction, and better pulling power, and when you combine all this with Hyundai’s HTRAC All-Wheel Drive, it’s a complete no-brainer.

Moreover, with its incredible towing capacity, you can not only tow a small trailer, an RV, a fishing boat but also carry up to 1,532 pounds of payload on the cargo bed at the back of the 2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz.

Test Drive the 2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz or 2022 Hyundai Tucson in Janesville, WI

If you’re impressed with the 2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz’s “towability,” then check it out in our online inventory or contact us and schedule a test drive to put its brawn to the test. You can also compare it with the 2022 Hyundai Tucson or any other 2022 Hyundai vehicle and determine which one better suits your lifestyle.