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2024 Hyundai Santa Cruz XRT One of a Kind

The Brilliance in this unique vehicle is how it combines the best of an SUV and an open bed sleek truck.

Embarking on a thrilling journey around town in Fort Lauderdale, Miami, and along the pristine beaches, I recently had the pleasure of test-driving the 2024 Hyundai Santa Cruz XRT. This small truck, with its spirited attitude and stylish design, proved to be an exciting companion as I navigated through the vibrant streets and coastal landscapes of these bustling Florida cities.

Taking the Santa Cruz XRT for a spin around town revealed its impressive performance that goes beyond mere commuting. The sporty and responsive drive, coupled with the engaging experience of utilizing paddle shifters, added an element of fun to my urban exploration.

The standard 191-horsepower four-cylinder engine, while suitable for daily errands, truly came into its own during these excursions. However, the real showstopper was the optional 281-horsepower turbocharged four-cylinder, which not only provided improved acceleration but also instilled a heightened sense of confidence as I effortlessly maneuvered through diverse terrains.

One of the standout moments occurred when I loaded up the back of the Santa Cruz with various items, putting its functionality to the test.

The XRT Model, in particular, showcased its versatility and practicality, seamlessly accommodating my cargo while maintaining its stylish exterior. The retractable and lockable tonneau cover added an extra layer of convenience, ensuring the safety of my belongings during the ride.

As I cruised along the beach and down the Pacific Coast Highway, the Santa Cruz's carlike ride and handling characteristics truly shone. The light steering effort and superior ride quality made it easy to navigate, offering a delightful driving experience along the scenic coastal routes. The 2024 Santa Cruz proved to be more than just a compact pickup; it embodied a sense of adventure and agility that enhanced my overall journey.

The XRT trim, introduced for 2024, further impressed me with its all-wheel drive, adaptive cruise control, and exclusive styling tweaks. Having previously tested the first version of the Santa Cruz in its namesake location, the XRT Model stood out as a refined and enhanced version, adding a layer of sophistication to the driving experience.

Exploring the Santa Cruz's features while on location and down the beach along the Pacific Coast Highway highlighted its modern style and upscale interior. The infotainment systems, with quick touch reactions, accompanied my travels seamlessly. The bed, though the smallest among pickups, became a practical space with its retractable tonneau cover, sidewall storage bins, and various tie-down points.

The journey in the 2024 Hyundai Santa Cruz XRT was not only about performance but also about the overall experience of coastal drives, city explorations, and practical usage. Loaded with safety features, stylish design, and reliable performance, the Santa Cruz left a lasting impression as a versatile and exciting companion on my travels through Fort Lauderdale, Miami, and along the scenic beach routes of the Pacific Coast Highway. Whether cruising through city streets, packing up for a beach day, or enjoying the agility on coastal drives, the Santa Cruz XRT delivered a compelling and exhilarating driving experience.

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