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2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz vs. 2022 Nissan Frontier Review

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2022 Hyundai
Santa Cruz

MSRP*: $23,990 to $39,720
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2022 Nissan
Frontier

MSRP*: $27,840 to $37,240
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MPG - City 19 - 21 MPG 17 - 18 MPG
MPG - Hwy 26 - 27 MPG 22 - 24 MPG
Seating Capacity 5 seats 4 - 5 seats
Cargo Space 27.0 ft3 40.1 - 49.6 ft3
Engine 191-hp, 2.5-liter, 4 Cylinder Engine (Gasoline Fuel), 277-hp, 2.5-liter, 4 Cylinder Engine (Gasoline Fuel) 310-hp, 3.8-liter, V6 Cylinder Engine (Gasoline Fuel)
Transmission 8-Speed A/T 9-Speed A/T
Drivetrain All Wheel Drive, Front Wheel Drive Four Wheel Drive, Rear Wheel Drive
Horsepower 191 - 277 hp 310 hp
Towing Capacity 3,500 - 5,000 lbs 2,844 - 6,720 lbs
Exterior Length 195.7 in 210.2 - 224.1 in
Exterior Width 75.0 in 73.0 in
Leg Room Front 41.4 in
Rear 36.5 in
Front 42.3 in
Rear 26.2 - 33.2 in
Head Room Front 40.7 in
Rear 40.1 in
Front 39.9 in
Rear 36.6 - 38.6 in

*MSRP and Invoice prices displayed are for educational purposes only, do not reflect the actual selling price of a particular vehicle, and do not include applicable gas taxes or destination charges.

Comparison Review

Comfort
Passengers in the extended cab will be able to stretch out a lot more with the Hyundai Santa Cruz than the Nissan Frontier. As far as headroom and legroom go, there's not much difference between the Hyundai Santa Cruz and the Nissan Frontier.

Convenience
You'll be making about the same number of stops at the gas station with the Hyundai Santa Cruz as you will with the Nissan Frontier, as they can travel a similar number of miles on a tank of gas.

Cost
There are a lot of factors to consider when calculating the overall cost of a vehicle. The main consideration is Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP). When looking only at MSRP, the Hyundai Santa Cruz will have less of an impact on your bank account than the Nissan Frontier.

Dimensions
Since the Hyundai Santa Cruz is much wider than the Nissan Frontier, finding a wide enough spot in a parking lot may be a bit more challenging. If you go with the Hyundai Santa Cruz, you'll have a much easier time finding a large enough space to park than you will with the Nissan Frontier.

Handling
The Hyundai Santa Cruz has a smaller turning radius than the Nissan Frontier, allowing you to more easily get in and out of tight spots.

Performance
In terms of towing capacity, the Nissan Frontier is clearly the choice over the Hyundai Santa Cruz for pulling heavy loads. When it comes to horsepower, the Hyundai Santa Cruz is clearly outclassed by the Nissan Frontier.

Powertrain
The Hyundai Santa Cruz offers much less torque than the Nissan Frontier, which generally means that it won't feel as fast or powerful.

Utility
In terms of seating, you'll be able to fit the same number of people in the Hyundai Santa Cruz as you will the Nissan Frontier. The Nissan Frontier has a lot more cargo capacity for hauling lumber or gardening supplies than the Hyundai Santa Cruz.