In some ways, the 2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz Tucson is a pickup model of the compact SUV. They share a typical platform, their faces are very comparable and their interiors are comparable from the entrance seat. The again of the entrance seats are fully totally different, and I am not simply speaking concerning the mattress.
It was fairly clear when sitting within the again seat of the Santa Cruz in the course of the first drive that it was too tight in comparison with the compact SUV norm, not to mention what you discover within the largest examples, together with the Tucson. The seatback is a bit too straight and the underside of the seat is simply too low. The specs say there’s extra head- and legroom than the Ford Maverick, however after testing them each, I do not assume it budges by way of real-world consolation and usefulness.
The legroom is successfully washable, however the seatback in Santa Cruz is way more easy than what you may discover within the Maverick (I took the photographs above at totally different angles, I assume you may must belief me right here). Then there’s the matter of accommodating a rear-facing youngster seat. In brief, the Maverick had extra room left for the entrance seat passenger. Even at 6-foot-3, I used to be fully snug with a pure seatback angle and house between my knees and the dashboard. In Santa Cruz, the seat was pushed too far ahead and my knees jammed towards the sprint. After all, it may have as a lot to do with Santa Cruz’s sprint design, which folds out and in of the cabin.
Now, this may not matter as a lot to the smaller entrance passenger, nevertheless it makes the distinction clear.
Now, as you may be aware, I’ve used totally different automobile seats. Within the Maverick I used my major automobile seat, the Britax Boulevard, whereas the Santa Cruz obtained the extra light-weight Graco Contender 65 I used in the course of the journey. Though they differ (a lot) in weight and performance, the space from entrance to again is sort of the identical. So, it might not be as scientific because it might be, however I consider within the conclusion.
Nevertheless, I’ll say that accessing and utilizing Santa Cruz’s LATCH anchors could not be simpler. Boulevard does not use LATCH, so a part of this again seat comparability simply must be labeled with a shrug emoji. For what it is value, the Ford Escape’s LATCH anchors had been straightforward sufficient to search out and use, even when not fairly nearly as good because the Santa Cruz.
Each seats additionally kind a bit, sadly, as an alternative of being cut up 60/40. It appears like there’s extra room down Santa Cruz, however Maverick’s two devoted areas will most likely do an excellent job of conserving issues in test.
Lastly, the Santa Cruz inside is not fairly as family-friendly as its Tucson sibling, and maybe not fairly as maverick.