When the Hyundai Santa Cruz finally made its world debut this year, it wasn’t exactly the first unibody truck in North America. Honda sells its own ladderless truck, the Ridgeline, and it has been on the market since the mid-2000s.
That’s why when the Santa Cruz hit the scene, people compared the first non-commercial Hyundai pickup to the Honda truck. This is despite the fact that the Honda is bigger and heavier, which became evident with the match presented in this article.
For this drag race, a top-tier Santa Cruz took on a Honda Ridgeline to see which performed best to rule a straight-line race. Both monohull trucks come with similar engine outputs, but obviously one is significantly heavier and there are substantial differences with their powertrain setups.
The Santa Cruz is powered by a 2.5-liter turbocharged gasoline engine that produces 281 horsepower (210 kilowatts) and 311 pound-feet (422 Newton-meters) of torque. It weighs around 4,000 pounds.
The Ridgeline, meanwhile, is powered by a naturally aspirated gasoline V6 engine that produces almost the same number of horsepower but less torque of 262 lb-ft (355 Nm). More importantly, the Honda truck is also about 400 lbs heavier.
Numbers at the bottom, it looks like a classic NA V6 vs. turbo i4 clash, but in a pickup form. The Honda has a huge drawback in weight, while the Santa Cruz has the torque advantage but has to deal with a torque lag.
That said, which one do you think won the drag race above? Does the winner have the same advantage even with the rolling start race? Find out by watching the video at the top of this page and give us your feedback in the comments section below.