We still can’t get over the fact that something like the Santa Cruz exists. It’s a quirky platform that looks like it started with a full head of hair before the barber’s hand slipped and shaved off the back by mistake. Nonetheless, sales numbers must have been good as the 2023 model year receives a Night Edition.

At first, we were not sure if the South Korean marque’s attempt at a compact pickup truck would receive a sequel. It is based on the Tucson’s unibody chassis design but dramatically drops the trunk for a short cargo bed instead. The second-generation units now have our attention courtesy of the blackout package.

You should know that the 2023 Santa Cruz Night Edition is purely a cosmetic upgrade. Fans of murdered-out modifications on their machines won’t find this an issue. The sleek stance of the vehicle looks even better in dark tones, but those who are after performance tweaks should consider the higher trim packages.

It appears Hyundai positions it in between the SEL Activity and SEL Premium. Under the hood is a turbocharged 2.5-liter inline-four good for 281 horsepower and 311 lb-ft of torque. An eight-speed transmission directs it to all four wheels. The 2023 Santa Cruz Night Edition touts a towing capacity of 5,000 pounds and can handle payloads of up to 1,906 pounds.

Hyundai retains the cozy cabin of the outgoing model, which means it’s replete with premium materials and style. Drivers face a digital instrument cluster, while an eight-inch infotainment system takes up the center of the dashboard. The 2023 Santa Cruz Night Edition will carry a $35,810 price tag.

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