Through various tests, experts from “Edmunds” have determined that the Hyundai Santa Cruz is the better pickup overall, but that doesn’t mean the Ford Maverick is a bad car.
The small pickup truck segment is an exciting focus in the US market today thanks to the launch of Ford Maverick and Hyundai Santa Cruz. While these two unibody pickups may not be able to carry as much as a larger chassis, the theoretical compensation is the same dynamism and efficiency. like a touring car. But which is the best choice of these two names?
The YouTube channel “Edmunds” put them through a series of tests to find out which tiny pickup truck is more worth your money, choosing models that offer comparable power and performance. That means they have skipped the Maverick Hybrid with a very fuel-efficient front-wheel drive system that Hyundai currently does not have an answer to. Instead, both test models are equipped with a 4-cylinder turbocharged engine combined with AWD drive system.
Maverick’s 2.0-liter engine produces only 250 hp and 375 Nm of torque compared to 275 hp and 420 Nm of torque of the 2.5-liter engine in the Santa Cruz. But the Hyundai’s 160 kg heavier weight than its rival makes it not really an advantage in a drag race. As a result, the pair recorded almost identical numbers when performing the 0-96 km/h acceleration, with the Ford winning by being just 1/10th of a second faster than the opponent.
The big surprise is that the Hyundai’s weight and larger cylinder capacity didn’t create much of a negative effect in real-world fuel economy testing. In fact, while the Maverick achieved 8.7 liters per 100 km on a test run of more than 190 km, beating the officially rated 9.4 l/100 km, the Santa Cruz recorded 8.1 impressive liter/100 km compared to the figure of 10.7 l/100 km from the EPA.
Regarding the ability of a pickup, the Hyundai Santa Cruz has one more victory with a towing capacity of 2,268 kg compared to 1,814 kg of the Ford Maverick, but the American car “hit back” with an optional trailer brake package, heavy larger trunk load, and lower loading space. In other words, they bring different benefits depending on the needs of the user.
But while on the road, Travis Langness of “Edmunds” noticed that the Maverick was quite “wobbly” and did not provide an enjoyable driving experience. Simply put, it drives like a pickup truck. In contrast, the Santa Cruz has won praise for its more passenger-car-like dynamics, smoother ride, sharper steering, and even quieter cabin. Langness thinks it’s more like an SUV with the rear cutout than a regular pickup truck, a statement that’s literally not wrong.
In the end, the Hyundai Santa Cruz received Edmunds’ overall vote based on it being a better pickup, despite the fact that it starts at a higher price and offers less appealing equipment than its predecessor. Standard Ford Maverick.