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 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.