Ford Maverick vs. Hyundai Santa Cruz

  • Hyundai Santa Cruz tows more
  • Ford Maverick offers FLEXBED system
  • $4,000 price difference is a factor

The 2022 model year brings us two trucks meant to revitalize the compact truck segment. The Hyundai Santa Cruz is a first for the Korean brand, while the Ford Maverick comes from a familiar truck brand. These two compact models make us wonder if they have what it takes to truly be trucks in the market where these vehicles are larger than ever. Let’s take a look.

2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz 2022 Ford Maverick
price range $23,990 to $39,720 $19,995 to $37,000
engine options 2.5-liter four-cylinder/2.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder 2.5-liter Atkinson four-cylinder + 94-kW battery pack/2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder
horsepower 191 horsepower/281 horsepower 191 horsepower/250 horsepower
torque 181 lb.ft. / 311 lb.ft. 155 lb.ft. / 277 lb.ft.
transmission 8-speed automatic/8-speed dual clutch automatic Electronic CVT/8-speed automatic
MPG rating 21/27 AWD, 21/26 FWD | 19/27AWD 42/33 (FWD only) | 23/30 FWD, 22/29 AWD
Data Source Kelley Blue Book

How much can these trucks tow?

The Ford Maverick offers two powertrains that tow either 2,000 pounds or 4,000 pounds, respectively. This sounds like plenty of towing capacity until you see what the Hyundai Santa Cruz brings to the table. The Santa Cruz gives you 3,500 pounds of towing for the base powertrain and 5,000 pounds for the turbocharged version.

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