One thing fascinating about that video is that Doug reveals the hidden storage compartment (aka secret mattress cooler) but it surely does not look sufficiently big for a full sized spare tire, which is pretty vital for one thing that may haul a load, then a compact spare may not minimize it however with the storage compartment the place it’s (it is placement excluding with the ability to put the tire underneath the mattress on the rear), does it have NO choice for a spare tire storage in any respect moreover IN the mattress?
Moreover when you have a pickup with a mattress cowl, why do you want a secret mattress cooler anyway? In case you have the mattress stuffed with cargo you may’t get to it and for those who do not, you may put the cooler within the mattress.
Hate the triangle patterns all around the plastics, guess the Hyundai engineers have by no means tried to element a automobile and needed to go in three separate instructions for each group of triangles to wash across the ridges on either side. Ugh.
If I did not need one thing full sized, I would nonetheless somewhat a physique on body truck, as a result of residing within the rust belt the place unibody autos aren’t a good selection to haul hundreds in as soon as some rust will get onto the suspension mounts areas.
You possibly can religiously apply undercoating goop to gradual that down however what proprietor who selected the Santa Cruz over an everyday pickup, is probably going to do this? Plus there is a security issue to do it on strut towers (frequent rust out space on unibodies) as a result of the goop could drip down onto the tire and compromise traction. The Santa Cruz could have some form of rear subframe that eliminates this subject in that one space however not the rear of the unibody body, nor the place that subframe attaches to it.
IMO the competitors makes it irrelevant, Ford Maverick for those who can settle for one thing unibody that is cheaper or Toyota Tacoma pretty close to this value level in order for you an throughout higher, actual truck which is more likely to have much better resale worth, although most likely somewhat worse trip high quality.