Where did you hear it would manually operated?That pathetic manually operated slider is worse than nothing IMO. Who is ever going to climb back there to open it, and for what? If it were at least even with the tonneau cover, but its not. Whoever approved this design needs a smack to the back of the head and a lump of coal for xmas. The dropping rear glass would have been perfect and a solution for the lack of a fancy dropping midgate. /rantoff
Where did you hear it would manually operated?
The Santa Cruz doesn't incorporate every trick in the book, though. Unlike the Baja and the Chevrolet Avalanche, there's no mid-gate to increase the bed length, nor does the rear window roll down. You can stick longer items through the optional sliding rear window as on larger pickups, but it's a manual slider, not powered.
I was OK with it UNTIL I saw it. At first I was thinking it would be a third of the rear glass in the center that slides out of the way, even with the tonneau level, so you could strap down long smaller items like PVC pipes from home depot or whatever to go into the cab to give you some length flexibility. So you wouldn't use it all the time, but it could give you flexibility now and then... but nope.If that proves to be true, that’s quite unfortunate... and likely to change with a mid-cycle refresh.
Having a window you can’t operate from the driver seat is about as bad as the knobless/buttonless center stack.
On the flip side, knowing myself I'd leave the rear window open and forget to close it as soon as i get out of the car. hahahaSliding the rear window open and venting the sunroof offers fantastic airflow through the cabin. Hard to do if you can’t reach the window... I know myself too well, no way I remember to crack it before starting a drive