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2022 Ford Maverick 2.0L Sips Gas Better Than 2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz

Official EPA fuel economy ratings for the 2022 Ford Maverick 2.0L EcoBoost I-4 were just revealed, and while they’re not going to top the outstanding numbers we expect to see from the base hybrid Maverick, they’re impressive nonetheless. Perhaps more importantly, the 2022 Ford Maverick 2.0L EcoBoost fuel economy numbers are better than the compact pickup’s chief rival (for now) – the Hyundai Santa Cruz.

2022 Ford Maverick vs. 2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz EPA Ratings
City Highway Combined
2022 Ford Maverick 2.0L EcoBoost I-4 FWD 23 MPG 30 MPG 26 MPG
2022 Ford Maverick 2.0L EcoBoost I-4 AWD 22 MPG 29 MPG 25 MPG
2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz 2.5L I-4 FWD 21 MPG 26 MPG 23 MPG
2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz 2.5L I-4 AWD 21 MPG 27 MPG 23 MPG
2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz 2.5L Turbo I-4 AWD 19 MPG 27 MPG 22 MPG

The 2022 Maverick EcoBoost trumps the Santa Cruz across the board in terms of fuel economy, regardless of configuration. These results are notable for a number of reasons as well. For starters, the Maverick is roughly four inches longer than the Santa Cruz and is far less expensive.

The cheapest 2.0L-powered Maverick retails for $21,080, while the least expensive Santa Cruz 2.5L Turbo costs $28,690 (both prices are without delivery and destination charges), as that engine is not available with base SE trim, while the EcoBoost is available with all Maverick trims. Hyundai’s naturally-aspirated 2.5L engine is mated to a traditional eight-speed automatic transmission – just like the Maverick, while the turbocharged 2.5L models come equipped with an eight-speed dual-clutch gearbox.

In the Maverick, the 2.0L EcoBoost is rated to produce 250 horsepower and 277 pound-feet of torque, and when equipped with the optional 4K Tow Package, the EcoBoost-powered Maverick can tow up to 4,000 pounds. The Santa Cruz’s base 2.5 produces 191 horsepower and 181 pound-feet of torque, while the turbo 2.5 cranks out 281 horses and 311 pound-feet of torque.

The EPA should release fuel economy figures for the base hybrid soon, and we’ll be sure and report back as soon as those are revealed.

We’ll have more on the Maverick very soon, so be sure and subscribe to Ford Authority for more Ford Maverick news and 24/7 Ford news coverage.

Brett's lost track of all the Fords he's owned over the years and how much he's spent modifying them, but his current money pits include an S550 Mustang and 13th gen F-150.

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  1. Roy Chile’s

    I would buy the Maverick 2.0 over anything Hyundai has to offer for 3 reasons 1. The 2.0 is proven and more reliable 2. It can be upgraded with parts from the Focus ST 3. Hyundai motors are famous for blowing up

  2. James

    Why would Hyundai want there truck to loose 1000 towing capacity to match maverick awd an put an 8″touchscreen to remove santa cruises 10+ touch screen with handfree voice commands standard 2 miles to the gallon whats that about 3.00 per tank im one of the first to order a maverick xlt for 1500.00 more i could be driving the santa cruz but I’m cheap period now when the mav comes in if my dora gets magically changed an prices don’t stay as signed ill be all over social media reddit mav truck club this sight straight on the ford site an Facebook bound for my local area that doesn’t have another dealer for ford for miles telling the straight truth.has anyone else noticed another truck maker that is already on the market with all the orange highlights clashing in the cab ford someone else already has that

  3. charles tate

    i think cruise control should be available with 2.0 engine on xl models


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