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2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz vs. 2021 RAM 1500 Classic Review

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2022 Hyundai
Santa Cruz

MSRP*: $23,990 to $39,720
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2021 RAM
1500 Classic

MSRP*: $29,510 to $46,150
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MPG - City 19 - 21 MPG 15 - 17 MPG
MPG - Hwy 26 - 27 MPG 21 - 25 MPG
Seating Capacity 5 seats 2 - 6 seats
Cargo Space 27.0 ft3 50.3 - 74.7 ft3
Engine 191-hp, 2.5-liter, 4 Cylinder Engine (Gasoline Fuel), 277-hp, 2.5-liter, 4 Cylinder Engine (Gasoline Fuel) 305-hp, 3.6-liter, V6 Cylinder Engine (Gasoline Fuel), 395-hp, 5.7-liter, 8 Cylinder Engine (Gasoline Fuel)
Transmission 8-Speed A/T 8-Speed A/T
Drivetrain All Wheel Drive, Front Wheel Drive Four Wheel Drive, Rear Wheel Drive
Horsepower 191 - 277 hp 305 - 395 hp
Towing Capacity 3,500 - 5,000 lbs 4,350 - 8,240 lbs
Exterior Length 195.7 in 209.0 - 237.9 in
Exterior Width 75.0 in 79.4 in
Leg Room Front 41.4 in
Rear 36.5 in
Front 41.0 in
Rear 34.7 - 40.3 in
Head Room Front 40.7 in
Rear 40.1 in
Front 39.9 - 41.0 in
Rear 39.7 - 39.9 in
Overall Safety Rating** Info not available ****
Frontal Crash Rating** Info not available ****
Side Crash Rating** Info not available *****

**Vehicle crash and safety data is provided by NHTSA, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The NHTSA testing was established by Congress to reduce highway deaths and injuries.

*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 RAM 1500 Classic. As far as headroom and legroom go, there's not much difference between the Hyundai Santa Cruz and the RAM 1500 Classic.

Convenience
With the RAM 1500 Classic you will definitely be making fewer stops at the gas station than with the Hyundai Santa Cruz, due to its tank size and fuel economy.

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). Clearly, the Hyundai Santa Cruz is a better financial choice over the RAM 1500 Classic, when considering MSRP.

Dimensions
Since the Hyundai Santa Cruz is much slimmer than the RAM 1500 Classic, it'll be much easier to find a wide enough space in a crowded parking lot. 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 RAM 1500 Classic.

Handling
The Hyundai Santa Cruz has a significantly smaller turning radius than the RAM 1500 Classic, allowing you to more easily maneuver in and out of tight spots.

Performance
In terms of towing capacity, the RAM 1500 Classic 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 RAM 1500 Classic.

Powertrain
The Hyundai Santa Cruz offers much less torque than the RAM 1500 Classic, 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 RAM 1500 Classic. The RAM 1500 Classic has a lot more cargo capacity for hauling lumber or gardening supplies than the Hyundai Santa Cruz.