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Deciding upon your next adventure can be exciting when the Ford Maverick and Hyundai Santa Cruz are your options. Both vehicles offer tough, high-performance engines, along with the amenities that you’ve come to expect from a high caliber take on this type of vehicle. At Five Star Ford Dallas, we’ve written this Ford Maverick vs. Hyundai Santa Cruz comparison for our friends in and around Dallas, Plano, and Richardson, TX.

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Ford Maverick vs. Hyundai Santa Cruz: Power & Performance

Ford Maverick vs. Hyundai Santa CruzThe Ford Maverick comes running out the gate with a 2-engine option. For this comparison, we’ll be using the second 2.0L choice. The Maverick’s 2.0L EcoBoost® engine is fit with an 8-speed automatic transmission, a 16.5 gallon gas tank, and a rotary gear shift dial. In terms of power output, the 2.0L EcoBoost® makes sure you know it is the strongest option with 250 horsepower and 277 lb-ft of torque.

In comparison, the Hyundai Santa Cruz comes standard with a single engine option of a 2.5L DOHC 16-valve Inline 4-cylinder with a fuel system that includes either or both Gasoline Direct Injection and Multi-Port Injection. The transmission is similar to the Maverick’s, with it being an 8-speed automatic with SHIFTRONIC®.  As for the power outputs, it can reach 191 horsepower and 181 lb-ft of torque.

Ford Maverick vs. Hyundai Santa Cruz: Towing

Ford Maverick TowingBeing able to haul your stuff for work or recreation is important, and the higher the max towing capacity is, the better off you are. Looking at the Ford Maverick, when equipped with the 4K Tow Package, its maximum towing capacity is a healthy 4,000 pounds.

Compare that to the Hyundai Santa Cruz, with trailer brakes installed and no additional packages, its maximum towing capacity is 3,500 pounds. At first glance a five-hundred-pound difference doesn’t seem too incredible, and you’d be right, at first. Because when you begin to haul items or trailers in this weight category, that extra five hundred pounds can be the make it our break it factor for towing that object.

Ford Maverick vs. Hyundai Santa Cruz: Interior Dimensions

Ford Maverick TowingMaking sure you and your passengers enjoy a comfortable ride is of keen importance. Wanting the adventure to go smoothly over hazardous terrain or quick darts through traffic, your passengers should not be feeling it much as they are locked into a comfort zone designed for them. Here, we’ll compare the inside row specs, see who has the legroom to really stretch out.

The Ford Maverick

  • Headroom (with moonroof): 38 inches/ 39.5 inches
  • Headroom: 40.3 inches/39.5 inches
  • Legroom: 42.8 inches/36.9 inches
  • Shoulder Room: 57.3 inches/55.6 inches
  • Hip Room: 55.4 inches/54.1 inches

The Hyundai Santa Cruz

  • Headroom: 40.7 inches / 40.1 inches
  • Legroom: 41.4 inches / 36.5 inches
  • Shoulder Room: 57.6 inches / 56.1 inches
  • Hip Room: 54.5 inches / 53.5 inches

Upon closer inspection, the Ford Maverick has the overall better usage of space for its cabin than the Hyundai Santa Cruz.

Ford Maverick vs. Hyundai Santa Cruz: The Verdict

Now that our friends and family in Dallas and surrounding areas of Plano, and Richardson, Texas, have read our Ford Maverick vs. Hyundai Santa Cruz comparison, we think you’ll agree that the Ford Maverick is the superior vehicle by offering more space, and power. The next step moving forward is to schedule your own Maverick test drive at Five Star Dallas, today!