Almost Unfair: Why the 2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz beats the 2022 Ford Maverick

The new 2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz pickup at Perry Hyundai in Nacogdoches, TX gives you so much more for your money than the new Ford Maverick, a direct comparison doesn't seem totally fair. But since you want to drive away with the best short-bed pickup you can buy, this isn't about what's fair to the Ford Maverick. This is about what's fair to you. So let's park these two trucks side-by-side and see which one comes out on top.

The 2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz
The 2022 Ford Maverick

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Both the 2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz pickup and the Ford Maverick offer two choices in engines. Unfortunately for the folks at Ford, the Hyundai Santa Cruz wins when you compare their top engines: The Santa Cruz is powered by a turbocharged four-cylinder with more horsepower. In addition, the Santa Cruz can tow 5,000 pounds all over Carthage or Center TX, while the under-powered Ford Maverick can tow only 4,000 pounds.


Once again, the Hyundai compact pickup gets an easy win with its interior. Hyundai puts upscale, well-designed interiors inside even economical models like the Santa Cruz. Ford Maverick designers chose to use more basic materials and design, apparently in hopes of cutting costs. Unfortunately for Ford, the interior comes off looking cheap, while the Santa Cruz looks downright luxurious wherever you take it in Henderson or Rusk TX.


You undoubtedly want to use your phone's most helpful apps, but you don't want to risk your life doing it. The 2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz gives you smartphone integration for both Apple and Android, so you get safe, hands-free access to your phone's apps, just by using your voice. You can keep your hands on the wheel and your eyes on the road. The Santa Cruz has wireless phone charging standard while the Maverick makes you pay extra for it.


The 2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz has a compact cargo bed that's 4.34 feet long, and there are some very handy features built in. The Santa Cruz gives you a practical tonneau cover to protect cargo and it's lockable to help secure it. The Santa Cruz also has a built-in trunk to provide more storage and even more security. The Ford Maverick doesn't have a built-in trunk but maybe that was another way Ford tried to make the price cheaper.


To give you a better view of your interior controls, the new Hyundai Santa Cruz has an 8-inch touchscreen on its most basic model. The Santa Cruz also offers a more generous 10.2-inch touchscreen with its higher trims. Once again, perhaps to cut more corners, the Ford Maverick doesn't even offer a bigger screen. The Santa Cruz does offer a premium sound option: Bose audio with the fun of eight awesome speakers.


Most carmakers don't put themselves at much risk when they write their warranty coverage, offering only average protection. Is it possible they're worried their quality won't hold up and they'll have to pay for big warranty claims? Note that Hyundai protects the Santa Cruz and all Hyundai models with the best powertrain warranty in America: 10 years or 100,000 miles. Guess which company isn't worried about its own quality: Ford or Hyundai?

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You will soon be able to view our new inventory and find your favorite new 2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz pickup. While you're waiting, find out about our reassuring Hyundai Shopper Assurance program. Contact us any time about the coming 2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz and take a very convincing test drive at Perry Hyundai in Nacogdoches, TX.

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    Nacogdoches, TX 75964

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