While many people can benefit from a truck's enhanced utility, not everyone wants to deal with the often imposing space requirements and high fuel consumption. That's why Hyundai introduced the Santa Cruz Sport Adventure Vehicle, a vehicle that delivers the open-bed usability of a pickup with the comfort and driving dynamics of a crossover.

The Santa Cruz exhibits fairly unique packaging. And while it's not the only compact pickup available, it boasts many appealing advantages. Here's a quick look at how it compares in key areas to its currently only class competitor, the Ford Maverick.

2023 Hyundai Santa Cruz vs. Ford Maverick: Performance

While both models have standard 191-horsepower 2.5-liter engines, the Santa Cruz can tow 3,500 pounds in its base configuration while the Maverick tops out at 2,00 pounds. Looking for something with more internal motivation? Both models offer available turbocharged mills. However, the Santa Cruz SEL Premium and Limited models (281 hp, 311 lb-ft) can tow up to 5,000 pounds when properly equipped. The Ford Maverick's optional 2.0-liter turbo-four makes less power (250 hp, 277 lb-ft) and maxes out at a 4,000-pound tow rating.

2023 Hyundai Santa Cruz vs. Ford Maverick: Interior

The Hyundai Santa Cruz is impressively refined, with attractive cabin details, roomy passenger space, and seats that provide long-distance comfort. While comfortable, the Ford Maverick's cabin isn't as classy or accommodating. The Santa Cruz also offers several amenities that are unavailable in the Maverick. Examples include ventilated front seats, 10.25-inch infotainment and gauge cluster displays, phone-as-a-key capability, leather upholstery, and a 360-degree camera.

2023 Hyundai Santa Cruz vs. Ford Maverick: Safety Tech

Both models come standard with forward collision mitigation. However, the Santa Cruz's base tier also equips Lane Keeping Assist, Lane Following Assist, and Driver Attention Warning. Stepping up one trim level adds Blind-Spot and Rear Cross-Traffic Collision-Avoidance Assist. These features aren't standard in any Maverick trim.

Test-Drive the 2023 Hyundai Santa Cruz near Red Bank and West Long Branch

Get in touch with Circle Hyundai for more information on the 2023 Santa Cruz and its available features, financing opportunities, and reservation options. If you'd like to see firsthand what makes the Santa Cruz a great pick for your next daily drive, we welcome you to visit our Shrewsbury Hyundai dealership, where you can try it for yourself. We'll be happy to set you up with a test drive.

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