2023 Hyundai Santa Cruz  RealSafeCars79Safety Rating

#9 of 2023 Pickups

#116 of all 2023 vehicles

The Santa Cruz, introduced by Hyundai in 2022, is a small pickup with seating up to 5. With optional all-wheel drive (AWD), it bypasses mud and snow with ease. Hyundai offers a 5-year, 60,000-mile basic warranty, and a 10-year, 100,000-mile powertrain warranty on its lineup.

The 2023 Hyundai Santa Cruz is average compared to all vehicles.

Comparison to all vehicles.  This plot shows RSC safety scores on the horizontal axis vs. the number of vehicles with each safety score (depicted by bar height and percentages at the bottom). Colors reflect vehicle safety, ranging from red (not that safe) to green (safer). For reference, a score of 0 implies a 0.15% chance of driver death (13% chance of driver injury) over 15 years, and a score of 100 reflects a 0.016% chance (1.4% chance of driver injury). The 2023 Hyundai Santa Cruz has a score of 79, implying a 0.043% chance of driver death (3.9% chance of injury). If equipped with optional advanced driver safety features, the chance of death falls to 0.037%, and the chance of injury falls to 3.3%.

We estimate that the 2023 Hyundai Santa Cruz has a vehicle lifetime fatality chance of 0.0432% and a vehicle lifetime injury chance of 4.9356%, meaning the average driver has a 0.0432% chance of dying in an accident if they drive the car under regular conditions for fifteen years, and a 4.9356% chance of being injured.

Compared to the average vehicle, the 2023 Hyundai Santa Cruz is 7% less likely to result in a fatal accident. Compared to other pickups, the 2023 Hyundai Santa Cruz is 19% less likely to result in a fatal accident.

2023 Hyundai Santa Cruz offers AEB optionally. With AEB, the vehicle lifetime fatality chance drops by 14%.

Active safety features can substantially reduce the risks of harm to vehicle occupants by preventing severe accidents. Active safety systems that are standard on the Hyundai Santa Cruz include: Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist with Pedestrian Detection (FDA-PED), Lane Departure Warning System, and Blind-Spot View Monitoring.

A safety feature that may make a vehicle safer, even if not at the forefront of technological advances, should still be considered. Optional side mirror turn signals can help when you don't see a vehicle in your blind spot, by alerting them to your intention to switch lanes, which allows the other driver to avoid an accident with you.

And it is less safe than many comparable cars.

9074M. Outlander SportHyundai Santa CruzKia SorentoKia CarnivalKia SportageHyundai Santa FeMazda CX-50Mitsubishi OutlanderHyundai TucsonChrysler VoyagerVolkswagen TiguanChevrolet BlazerComparison to similar models.  This plot compares the RSC rating of the 2023 Hyundai Santa Cruz with its main competition. Models are plotted on a scale from 74 to 90. The 2023 Hyundai Santa Cruz is less safe than the 2023 Kia Carnival, the 2023 Kia Sportage, the 2023 Hyundai Santa Fe, the 2023 Chevrolet Blazer, the 2023 Volkswagen Tiguan, the 2023 Chrysler Voyager, the 2023 Hyundai Tucson, the 2023 Mitsubishi Outlander, and the 2023 Mazda CX-50.

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