Ford Maverick vs Hyundai Santa Cruz

2022 Ford Maverick vs. Hyundai Santa Cruz | Dundee, IL

A compact truck gives you all the brawn and power in a smaller package, what could be better? If you’re living in a city or you need light-duty towing abilities, the 2022 Ford Maverick or the 2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz are great choices for your next truck. To help you learn more about what these compact trucks have to offer, our team at Spirit Ford in Dundee, MI, has put together this head-to-head comparison. If you’re already familiar with these options and you’d like to get a more in-depth look, see our full Ford Maverick review.

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The starting MSRP for the 2022 Ford Maverick is $20,995 and the starting MSRP for the Hyundai Santa Cruz is $24,440.

2022 Ford Maverick vs. Hyundai Santa Cruz Exterior Features

These compact trucks may not take up as much space on the road, but they’re still going to make heads turn. The Hyundai Santa Cruz has a similar body style to an SUV, but with a truck bed attached and includes trailer pre-wiring for easy hookup as well as an integrated tonneau cover for easy storage. The Ford Maverick has a more typical truck build, with a rounder body style. The Maverick utilizes every inch of the exterior with the tailgate extending to fold completely flat to use as a workstation or locking in a mid-position for extra lifting support. It also includes LED lighting in the bed so you can take on any project, day or night.

2022 Ford Maverick exterior on grassy hill

2022 Ford Maverick vs. Hyundai Santa Cruz Interior Design & Technology

Enjoy comfortable seating, intuitive tech, and a fresh design throughout the 2022 Ford Maverick and the 2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz. You’ll have hands-free connectivity in both trucks with Bluetooth®, Apple CarPlay®, and Android Auto™ compatibility and an 8 inch touchscreen. Both trucks offer soothing ambient lighting and a comfortable eight-way power driver’s seat, with added lumbar support in the Ford Maverick. The Santa Cruz is outfitted with stain and odor-reducing cloth and a leather-wrapped steering wheel, while the Maverick is trimmed with ActiveX™ sport material and a leather-wrapped steering wheel.

2022 Ford Maverick interior front side

2022 Ford Maverick vs. Hyundai Santa Cruz Specs & Fuel Economy

You’ll get roaring power from both of these impressive compact trucks. You can choose from two different engine options with the Ford Maverick, a 2-liter EcoBoost® gas engine and a 2.5-liter hybrid. The Hyundai Santa Cruz also offers two engine options, an inline four-cylinder engine as well as a turbo version, each paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission with Shiftronic®. See how these four engines stack up against each other.

Model Ford Maverick Hyundai Santa Cruz
Engine 2.0L EcoBoost 2.5L Hybrid 2.5L inline 4-cylinder turbo 2.5L inline 4-cylinder
Transmission 8-speed automatic Electronic CVT 8-speed automatic 8-speed automatic
Drivetrain FWD/AWD FWD FWD/AWD FWD/AWD
Horsepower 250 HP 191 HP 281 HP 191 HP
Torque 277 lb.-ft. 155 lb.-ft. 311 lb.-ft. 181 lb.-ft.
MPG 23 city/30 hwy 42 city/33 hwy 19 city/27 hwy 21 city/27 hwy

2022 Ford Maverick vs. Hyundai Santa Cruz Towing Capacity

These compact trucks can tow an impressive amount and will haul lightweight toys or gear you want to bring on your adventure. When properly equipped with a 4K Towing Package, the Ford Maverick can achieve its max towing capacity, while the Hyundai Santa Cruz achieves its maximum when outfitted with all-wheel drive (AWD).

Maximum Towing Capacity:
Ford Maverick: 4,000 lbs.
Hyundai Santa Cruz: 5,000 lbs.

2022 Ford Maverick vs. Hyundai Santa Cruz Bed Size & Dimensions

The spacious bed of each model will leave you with plenty of room for all of your tools or gear for a beach day. The Ford Maverick features Flexbed™ technology that lets you add dividers to separate the bed however you need, as well as including under-seat storage and up to ten cargo tie downs. The Santa Cruz also offers ample storage with sidewall storage compartments and an under-bed storage compartment.

Model Ford Maverick Hyundai Santa Cruz
Seats Five Five
Lift-in Height 30.1 in. 19. 2 in.
Exposed Cargo Width 53.3 in. 42.7 in.
Cargo Volume 33.3 cu.-ft. 27 cu.-ft.
2022 Ford Maverick exterior at waterfront towing boat

2022 Ford Maverick vs. Hyundai Santa Cruz Accessories

Personalize your truck by adding the accessories that matter to you. If you’re an avid outdoorsman or you haul your materials for work, there are add-ons that can make your life easier.

2022 Ford Maverick
  • Yakima roof mounted cargo basket
  • Yakima kayak carrier with locks
  • Yakima bike carrier with locks
  • Rear seat covers
  • Coverking black neosupreme front
  • First aid kit
  • Mini fridge and freezer
2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz
  • Roll up tonneau cover
  • Bed liner
  • Bed extender
  • Trunk net
  • Sliding bed divider
  • Towing kit
  • Interior lighting kit
  • Headrest tablet holder


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