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Old 09-23-2021, 01:04 PM   #1
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hyundai santa cruz



Test drove a top of the line model (ultimate) recently and was impressed. It rode better and was more comfortable/quiet than either the tundra or ridgeline we have in the family. Driving manners were taut. Power was decent, couldn't boot it since it just came off the truck. Really got me thnking but can't buy a first year model.

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Old 09-23-2021, 01:16 PM   #2
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I really like this thing. Could totally see getting one in a couple of years and relegating my 86 to summer/track car status.
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Test drove a top of the line model (ultimate) recently and was impressed. It rode better and was more comfortable/quiet than either the tundra or ridgeline we have in the family. Driving manners were taut. Power was decent, couldn't boot it since it just came off the truck. Really got me thnking but can't buy a first year model.
Why you cant buy first year model?
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Why you cant buy first year model?
issues usually arise in the first year
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Old 09-28-2021, 04:34 PM   #5
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Why you cant buy first year model?
Could be issues. Any company will learn from a first year model, update and redesign suspect parts. Smart money buys near the end of a model run. Been watching the forums closely. So far, one down with transmission failure, one with all dash warning lights on.
https://www.santacruzforums.com/forums/
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Could be issues. Any company will learn from a first year model, update and redesign suspect parts. Smart money buys near the end of a model run. Been watching the forums closely. So far, one down with transmission failure, one with all dash warning lights on.
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Cool info. If price is right, i would pull the trigger for one. Tacomas are overpriced, lets see the new Frontier how much dealerships wants...
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Those are nice. If I wasn't so in love with my Tacoma I would consider one.
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Cool info. If price is right, i would pull the trigger for one. Tacomas are overpriced, lets see the new Frontier how much dealerships wants...
new taco's are inline with market averages. it's the #toyotareliability that kicks used models up to insane valuations

i'd trust hyundai before i'd be ready to trust nissan to get things right.

quite literally everything about nissan's vehicles just looks like designers gave up to me. if someone found a message formed into a plastic stamping with "save me" in a nissan, i wouldn't be shocked.
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Saw the new frontier at a dealer today. Nice looking truck but direct injection (alone) is a deal breaker for me. Don't want to be dealing with carbon build up in 50k miles. No one around here does walnut blasting and spray in cleaners don't do squat. Add in no tilt steering. Was watching those forums too.
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Taco, santa cruz and frontier are priced out within a few grand in these parts. The dealers are low on inventory and what comes in is sold before it its the floor. Test drove a tacoma, on road liked the cruz better. Besides, my tundra has soured me on toyota.
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can't get a frontier with long bed and heated seats. useless piece of garbage.
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Rather have a Ford Maverick with Hybrid... but alas neither of these can tow my race car in the future.
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Rather have a Ford Maverick with Hybrid... but alas neither of these can tow my race car in the future.
You need a lighter race car. Formula Ford? You'd have to step up to the bigger engine to tow a regular car, but a single seat racer + trailer can be done under 2500 lbs.

I figure that, if I'm willing to tow my track car, I should get a proper race car.
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Santa Cruz looks like it would be nice if you're driving to Home Depot to grab a few plants, brush trees, etc. Test drove a 2020 Tacoma OR and liked it a lot but I couldn't find myself to get it dirty lol. Passed word onto my BIL and he bought it.

Until something hits my button, I'll keep driving/offroading my 2003 Taco.
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I ordered at Santa Cruz Limited in Nov. Hyundai says it built and awaiting shipment. It should be at the dealer in early May. Another test drive confirmed what I originally thought: quiet, comfortable with impressive handling. Only thing I wasn't impressed with is the power or lack there of. But with gas at nearly $2 a liter ($6 a gallon US) it has to be economy over performance.
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