2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz vs. Ford Maverick:

In Compact Pickups, Maverick Doesn't Quite Measure Up

The new 2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz pickup at Dave Hallman Hyundai in Erie, PA is attracting a lot of attention as the perfect balance of small pickup capability with attractive style and an affordable price tag. Meanwhile, Ford is introducing a smaller pickup known as the Maverick that has what appear to be some similar characteristics. As a compact pickup buyer, you deserve to know about the pros and cons of each, so let's do an overall comparison.

The 2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz
The 2022 Ford Maverick


Base engines for the new Hyundai Santa Cruz and the Maverick both have 181 horsepower, but the Santa Cruz uses a potent four-cylinder gas-powered engine with about 20% more torque than the Maverick's hybrid. The Santa Cruz delivers 181 lb-ft of torque while the Maverick gets only 151 lb-ft. Then the Santa Cruz simply crushes the Maverick with 75% more towing capacity: 3,500 lb. for Santa Cruz vs. only 2,000 lb. for the poor Ford Maverick.


This is another easy win for the Hyundai Santa Cruz. Hyundai has made a habit of putting high-quality, upscale materials in the inside of its vehicles. The feeling can be almost luxurious, as you'll see in the new Hyundai Santa Cruz. The makers of the Ford Maverick seem to have decided on using lower-grade materials, possibly in the hope of saving money. Unfortunately for the Ford Maverick, the interior is dominated by cheap, hard plastics.

Cargo Bed

The cargo beds are about the same length. The 2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz gives you a compact bed that's 4.3 ft long vs. the Maverick's 4.5 ft. But the Santa Cruz wins again with practical touches the Maverick doesn't have. One is a tonneau cover that protects cargo and is lockable so your valuables are more secure. The Santa Cruz also has a built-in trunk that gives you even more storage and more security. The Maverick simply doesn't have a trunk.


The new 2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz at Dave Hallman Hyundai, not far from Fairview and Edinboro PA, has valuable standard safety features the makers of the Maverick decided not to include. One is a Driver Attention Warning system that keeps an eye on your driving patterns and alerts you if it detects signs of driver fatigue or drowsiness. A system to help you stay in your lane is standard on the Santa Cruz but costs extra on the Maverick.

One other enormous Hyundai advantage: America's best warranty

One of the biggest reasons you can be confident in the quality of any Hyundai vehicle you buy, including the exciting new Santa Cruz pickup, is because it's backed by the best warranty in America. Every Hyundai powertrain comes with a 10-year/100,000-mile limited warranty. That's amazing peace of mind on the most expensive components on a car. You also get a 5-year/60,000-mile bumper-to-bumper comprehensive warranty.

In addition, new Hyundai buyers in North East and McKean PA get other reassuring Hyundai coverage, including a 7-year/Unlimited miles anti-perforation warranty and 24-hour roadside assistance for 5 years or unlimited miles. Ask us about complete details and note how confident Hyundai has to be in the quality of every vehicle to offer warranties this strong.

Find out about Hyundai Shopper Assurance

Every Hyundai model comes with an assurance package of support services like complimentary maintenance for up to three years to give you an exceptional ownership experience. Explore our new 2022 Santa Cruz trucks for sale and schedule a test drive soon. And find out how you can even custom-order your new Hyundai at Dave Hallman Hyundai in Erie, PA.

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