2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz: Small truck, inaccurate fuel economy | Mini Auto

The arrival of Hyundai's stylish and fun compact pickup is fast approaching, and we can't wait to get behind the wheel for a test drive. After the all-new 2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz broke its lid this past spring, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has finally released a fuel economy estimate for it. So what kind of mpg can you expect from a Santa Cruz pickup?

That depends on which engine you choose from the first two engine options of the Hyundai pickup. The standard engine is a 2.5-liter I-4, making a modest 191 hp and 181 lb-ft. For buyers who want more performance from their Santa Cruz, an optional 2.5-liter turbocharged I-4 producing 281 hp and 311 lb-ft will be available. An eight-speed automatic is mated to the base engine, while the upgrade comes with an eight-speed dual-clutch automatic. Front-wheel drive is standard; however, customers can also opt for the HTRAC all-wheel drive system.
Oddly enough, the base-engined Santa Cruz (2.5-litre) with all-wheel drive produces the best fuel economy in the lineup with an estimated EPA of 21 mpg in the city, 27 mpg on the highway and 23 mpg combined. Choosing the front-wheel drive model yields the same 21 mpg city and 23 mpg combined, but for some reason the highway number drops 1 mpg to 26 mpg. (Typically, two-wheel drive versions of new cars are more fuel efficient than their all-wheel drive versions, thanks to lower weight and less drag.) Normalcy returns to the estimate. When it comes to fuel economy, the optional turbocharged engine, (with all-wheel drive) drops the Santa Cruz's mpg rating to 19 mpg in the city and 22 mpg combined, while somehow somehow still maintains the 27 mpg highway of the best base engine.
So, how does the Santa Cruz's fuel economy compare to the larger midsize pickup? No wonder it's more effective than most of its larger alternatives. The top-selling Toyota Tacoma's highest estimated EPA rating is 20/23/21 mpg (city/hwy/combined), and that's with rear-wheel drive and the 2.7-liter four-cylinder engine. Overload. Go for the more powerful V-6 and 4WD, and those numbers will drop. The 2021 Honda Ridgeline gets all-wheel drive only, and the 3.5-liter V-6 (powertrain option only) gets an EPA rating of 18/24/21 mpg. Ford's Ranger, which also has a turbocharged 2.3-liter four-cylinder engine option, comes closest to Hyundai among aspirated trucks at 21/26/23 mpg in rear-wheel drive guise.
In any case, recalling the days of the Subaru Baja, the 2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz will lead the way in small pickups and will go on sale this summer. Now we know it'll still be among the most fuel-efficient pickups you can buy — at least until we know Ford's upcoming Maverick (which, like the Hyundai, is a sedan). true compact load) will offer any obvious hybrid powertrain.
Chevrolet Colorado is equipped with an expensive diesel engine option and rear-wheel drive for better fuel economy on the highway with an estimated EPA of 30 mpg; Its combined 20 mpg and 23 mpg city ratings are still at the top among trucks but on par with the Hyundai. So in a nutshell, the Santa Cruz offers better fuel economy than the Tacoma and Ridgeline; The Ranger is in the same ballpark, and the Colorado diesel beats it on the highway. Zoom in even further, and the Santa Cruz's 22-23 mpg combined is solid, if beaten by some (much larger) full-size rig like the Ford F-150 PowerBoost Hybrid (25 mpg), as well. like the diesel-powered Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra (26-27 mpg). Did we expect better? Probably, due to Hyundai's small size and small engine. 2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz Fuel economy Santa Cruz 2.5L FWD: 21/26/23 mpg (city/hwy/combined) Santa Cruz 2.5L AWD: 21/27/23 mpg (city / hwy / combined)
Santa Cruz turbo 2.5L AWD: 19/27/22 mpg (city/hwy/combined)
2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz: Small truck, inaccurate fuel economy | Mini Auto 2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz: Small truck, inaccurate fuel economy | Mini Auto Reviewed by Góc chia sẻ 'Of Nhân on June 06, 2021 Rating: 5

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