2025 Hyundai Santa Cruz XRT
2025 Hyundai Santa Cruz XRT

Hyundai revealed two updated vehicles at this week’s New York Auto Show. For 2025, the compact Tucson and the mechanically related Santa Cruz compact pickup truck both receive updated exterior and interior trim, as well as a dose of additional off-road capability.

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In addition to updated trim and a larger touchscreen, Tucson’s XRT off-road oriented model receives a modified front-end designed to allow for a more generous approach angle, which is helpful on more rugged trails. Also new for the XRT are functional from tow hooks and larger tires.

2025 Hyundai Tucson Calligraphy
2025 Hyundai Tucson Calligraphy

The Tucson returns for 2025 with the same 187-horsepower base engine, as well as available hybrid and plug-in hybrid drivetrains.

In addition to styling updates, Hyundai adds an XRT trim level to the Santa Cruz lineup for the first time. The new off-road oriented trim level mirrors that on the Tucson, but will enjoy more power.

Santa Cruz SE and SEL trim levels come standard with a 191-horsepower engine. Night, XRT, and Limited trim levels are powered by a 281-horsepower turbocharged engine.

No word yet on Tucson or Santa Cruz pricing, which will be announced closer to the vehicles’ launch early this summer.

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CG Says:

Already offered on the brand’s Palisade and Santa Fe crossovers, the XRT off-road themed trim level seems to us like a perfect way to expand the Tucson and Santa Cruz lineups. Though not designed for serious off-road work, the XRT trim level nicely blends rugged appearance with a modicum of additional utility, in a package that will almost certainly appeal to American consumers.

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