U.S. Department of Energy has published official fuel economy data for the Hyundai Santa Cruz.
As far as we can see, miles per gallon figures in the city, on the highway, and combined are close when it comes to fuel mileage, regardless of the powertrain the pickup uses.
With a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder naturally aspirated engine good for 190 hp/142 kW and 180 lb.-ft., the Santa Cruz consumes 21/26/23 mpg (city/hwy/combined), when comes with front-wheel drive.
With the same engine but all-wheel drive, fuel consumption is 21/27/23 mpg: slightly more on the highway, but the same in other cycles.
When the truck is powered by a 2.5L turbo-four making 275 hp/205 kW and 310 lb.-ft. of torque, and with AWD, fuel economy lowers to 19 mpg in the city, remains the same – 27 mpg – on the highway, and reaches 22 mpg combined.
All the numbers are for regular gasoline fuel.
To see how good the Hyundai Santa Cruz is in terms of fuel economy, let’s compare it with rivals.
The Honda Ridgeline’s EPA fuel economy is 18/24/21 mpg. The most fuel-efficient 2021 Ford Ranger 2WD 4 cyl, 2.3 L, Automatic (S10) has 21/26/23 mpg. Other versions of the Ranger are less efficient. For example, the Ranger Tremor’s fuel consumption is 19/19/19 mpg.
EPA fuel economy of the 2020 Jeep Gladiator 4WD 3.6 L, 6 cyl is 17/22/19 for the vehicle with the automatic transmission, and 16/23/19 mpg for the manual version.
Well, the Hyundai Santa Cruz is a solid offering for those who value fuel economy. Besides, it has other advantages. Its sales will begin is late summer of 2021.