Took a trip from Illinois to Maine & Vermont. The Santa Cruz limited was joy to drive. It was very comfortable for a 10 hour day driving. All of the extra features worked great. I liked the lane assist and the collision avoidance system. I kept forgetting when I had it on cruise and it wouldn’t catch up with a car in front of me. I had it set for 4 car lengths. For me it had all of the power I would need to manage the mountains we went through. Gas mpg was from 25 to 30 mpg on the trip with an average of 27.4. I know some members believe in the old school way of measuring mpg, but for me this is just fine. On the miles left before empty it would change based on the current mpg, so this was working for me. Cooling seats were nice also. I found for my use Apple CarPlay and google maps worked the best. We also had AAA trip tik, they matched up very good, except for a couple of exit numbers, but we did good. So overall the vehicle handled great.
Now to a couple of issues, we knew the cover on the back was not water proof, so I bought a small tarp to cover our luggage, it worked great until the last night and we didn’t think it was supposed to rain, so we didn’t cover our luggage, so you can guess how things were after a thunderstorm. Live and learn I guess. Final issue was a little shutter in the transmission when going from a low speed to a higher speed in the mountains, only happened 2 or 3 times on the whole trip, I will report it to my Hyundai dealer just in case.
I am going to get the oil changed after this trip, but what do you think about changing transmission fluid also? Of course this would be an out of pocket for the oil and transmission since it is not on their schedule.
Overall this was a great trip in the Santa Cruz, had a lot of people giving me a thumbs up for the vehicle and even some taking pictures as they pass me. Ours was the only Santa Cruz we seen on the whole trip.