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Took home my new SEL premium yesterday!
I parked it kinda next to my buddy’s full size single cab Chevy 2500. I found the Santa Cruz to be a lot larger in person than I had imagined from videos and photos. Think more like a Ridgeline than a Baja or very close in size to my wife’s Subaru Forester . I did however trade up from a Mazda cx3 so it feels large with lots of space to me.
 

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We all seem to want a cabin for 4 people and a bed, so there is only so small a truck can be. Newer pickups are much larger than older ones like your friends Chevy - even a 2500.

The shots from the back show how much more compact the SC is than a traditional pickup. My 10 year old Tundra looks small compared to the current crop of 1/2 tons.

Thanks for posting the comparison pics - those are the first that I have seen and provide a nice size comparison with more traditional pickups.
 

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The current crop of half ton trucks is absurdly and unnecessarily large. Probably the last full size that made sense was the 2012 Silverado.
So true. A normal person can't reach over the side of the bed to get something out, and the mfrs have to invent tricky steps and handles to get in the bed! I think pickups have lost a lot of their basic utility because of their mammoth size.

I just hope there's enough buyers to keep the Santa Cruz afloat.
 
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