2022 Nissan Frontier vs. 2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz

The 2022 Nissan Frontier has more features and interior space, but is it enough to convince you to buy it instead of the new 2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz? When it comes to equipment and features, these two cars are identical, but as you will see, the Nissan Frontier has a few subtle benefits that set it apart. Continue reading to learn more about the 2022 Nissan Frontier today.
2022 Nissan Frontier vs. 2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz

Design & Style

The gauges on the Nissan Frontier feature an oil pressure monitor and a temperature gauge, which might save your engine! ‘Idiot lights’ frequently do not warn you until damage has been done. The Hyundai Santa Cruz lacks an oil pressure gauge.

For the back passengers, the Nissan Frontier Crew Cab includes a standard center foldable armrest. A center armrest makes rear passengers more comfortable and can act as a barrier between children. The Hyundai Santa Cruz lacks a central armrest in the back seat.

Technology & Safety

The Nissan Frontier comes standard with driver and front passenger knee airbags, which are located low on the dashboard. These airbags assist block the driver and front passenger from slipping beneath their seatbelts or the primary frontal airbags during a crash, keeping them better positioned for optimal protection. Knee airbags also block the legs from collapsing on the dashboard, avoiding knee and leg injuries in the event of a significant frontal crash. Knee airbags are not available on the Hyundai Santa Cruz.


The Nissan Frontier sports bigger tires than the Santa Cruz for increased traction (265/70R16 vs. 245/60R18). The Nissan Frontier’s wheels contain six lugs for increased strength, longer wheel bearing life, and reduced rotor warping. Each wheel of the Hyundai Santa Cruz has only 5 lugs.

The Frontier comes fitted with a simple tire fill mechanism. When filling the tires, the vehicle’s inbuilt tire pressure sensors monitor the pressure as the tires fill and alert the driver when the tires are properly inflated. The Santa Cruz does not have tire inflation that is monitored by the car.

The Nissan Frontier boasts a standard full-size spare tire, so a flat tire won’t ruin your day or vacation. The Hyundai Santa Cruz lacks a full-size spare, forcing you to rely on a temporary spare, limiting range and speed before replacement.

The Bottom Line

While they look to be extremely similar, both of these vehicles are ideal trucking vehicles. There are almost 29 percent more Nissan dealers than Hyundai dealers, making it simpler to get servicing under the Frontier’s warranty. If you want a little more power and safety, the Nissan Frontier is the way to go. In the long term, you will not be disappointed.

Ready to Schedule a 2022 Nissan Frontier Test Drive Today?

If you want to experience the luxurious package that the 2022 Nissan Frontier provides, come test drive it with us at Nissan of Stockton. We are located at E Hammer Ln in Stockton and happily service California automobile purchasers. Visit our store now or call us ahead of time to schedule a 2022 Nissan Frontier test drive.

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