I drove 2 of America’s smallest pickup trucks. Here’s how the Ford Maverick and Hyundai Santa Cruz stack up.

Ford Maverick (left) and Hyundai Santa Cruz.

Small pickup trucks have arrived. The Ford Maverick and Hyundai Santa Cruz are both new for 2022. 
Both pickups aim to offer truck capability in a compact, low-cost package. 
We drove both models and compared them across price, bed size, driving experience, and more. 

The Ford Maverick and Hyundai Santa Cruz have arrived. Brand-new for the 2022 model year, both aim to do essentially the same thing: offer pickup capability in a cheaper, smaller package. 

But which one should you buy?

The 2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz Limited.

I tested both vehicles and can confirm they’re both great options for people who like the idea of a pickup, but want something that’s easier to drive and park than your standard, bulky truck. 

Still, they each bring something different to the table. Here’s how the Hyundai and Ford compare:

Price

The 2022 Ford Maverick XL.

The Maverick wins on price, with a starting MSRP of $19,995. For that low outlay, however, you don’t get basic comforts like cruise control and power mirrors. The Santa Cruz, by comparison, starts at around $24,000 and comes with more standard features, including lane keeping and wireless Apple CarPlay. 

If you want an all-wheel-drive, turbocharged Santa Cruz, you need to choose an upper trim level and pay around $36,000. The same can be had on the Maverick for roughly $23,000. 

The 2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz Limited.

Size

The trucks are nearly identical in size: The Hyundai is 196 inches long, while the Maverick comes in at 200. 

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Both are compact enough that they’re fairly easy to toss around city streets or parallel park.

The 2022 Maverick XL.

Powertrain and driving experience

The Maverick is your best bet for fuel economy. Its standard hybrid powertrain delivers 37 mpg combined, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. The …read more

Source:: Businessinsider

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