The 2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz fuel economy numbers are officially out and posted to the EPA’s website. The Santa Cruz is the only current compact pickup with estimates made public. Expect to see information soon from the new Ford Maverick, as they plan to shake up the market with their hybrid option. The hybrid variation will most likely have better numbers in comparison to the non-hybrid Santa Cruz. The trucks are in the same class, but it’s still a bit like comparing apples and oranges.
The Santa Cruz is not a hybrid, but offers two engine options for consumers. The base option is the naturally aspirated 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission and front-wheel drive. The fuel economy ratings on this engine are 21 mpg in the city, 26 mpg on the hwy and 23 mpg combined. Going against the grain, the all-wheel-drive option actually produces better fuel economy numbers with 27 mpg on the hwy (both city and combined stay the same). We don’t know the science behind this improvement, but at 27 mpg on the highway, the Santa Cruz is a great truck option.
The second option is the 2.5-liter turbo engine exclusively paired with an eight-speed dual-clutch transmission and all-wheel drive. You guess it, there is a drop in the fuel economy with figures coming in at 19 mpg in the city, but still 27 mpg on the hwy, giving you a combined total of 22 mpg. If you have a commute, it’s an viable option.
Looking at other competitors, the Honda Ridgeline comes in at 18/24/21 mpg. The Ford Ranger is pretty close to the Santa Cruz with 21/26/23 mpg. The Hyundai option does beat the base four-cylinder option for the Toyota Tacoma with 20/23/21 mpg and Chevrolet Colorado with 19/25/22 mpg. Overall, the Hyundai Santa Cruz is standing strong.
Pricing hasn’t been released yet, but Hyundai says you can expect the Santa Cruz to arrive at dealerships this summer.