2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz fuel economy numbers are out
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The fuel economy of the Hyundai Santa Cruz 2022 is officially published and published on the EPA website. Since this is the only “compact” pickup with fuel consumption estimates, we expected excellent numbers. Of course, Ford will soon get into the ring with its Maverick and cause a sensation with a supposed hybrid option (according to the truck emblem in the Ford teaser).
The Santa Cruz is not a hybrid, however. There are two engine variants available. A 2.5-liter four-cylinder with naturally aspirated engine is the basic option and is combined with an eight-speed automatic and front-wheel drive. This model achieves 21 mpg in the city, 26 mpg on the highway and 23 mpg combined. According to zero standards, the all-wheel drive version improves the values of the front driver. Fuel economy on the highway is up to 27 mpg, while the city and the combined numbers are taken over by the front-wheel drive pickup truck. We're not sure why the four-wheel drive Santa Cruz gets better fuel economy, as two-wheel and four-wheel drive cars usually do the opposite. Regardless, the difference is so small that the EPA estimates that choosing one over the other will not affect your annual fuel costs.
If you want more power, you'll have to upgrade to the optional 2.5-liter turbo option, which is only combined with an eight-speed dual-clutch transmission and all-wheel drive. This model sees a drop in city mileage to 19 mpg. The fuel economy on the highway, however, is equal to the 27 mpg of the naturally aspirated model. You lose 1 mpg combined from the base truck as the turbo model comes in at 22 mpg combined.
We still don't know what the Ford Maverick's fuel economy will be, but the suggestion of a hybrid option makes us think it will surely beat the Santa Cruz. The Santa Cruz has the advantage over medium-sized pickups (in most cases). The Honda Ridgeline is the only other unibody competitor, and it comes in at 18/24/21 mpg. That is a small but considerable gain. Ford nibbles on the heels of the Santa Cruz with a two-wheel drive Ranger rated 21/26/23 mpg. Of course, with its 2.3-liter four-cylinder and body-on-frame construction, the Ranger is much more powerful than the Hyundai. The Santa Cruz, however, beats the base four-cylinder versions of the Toyota Tacoma (20/23/21 mpg) and the Chevrolet Colorado (19/25/22 mpg).
If you want a Santa Cruz, Hyundai says the little pickup will go on sale this summer. The price has not yet been determined.
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