Motor Trend released their comparison test between the Maverick and Santa Cruz.

They gave the edge to the Maverick. The pros they listed were: value for money, clever interior and looking the part as a pickup.

Second Place: 2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz
  • Refined, high-quality interior and attractive exterior
  • Smooth, robust turbocharged engine
  • Sturdy and lockable roll-up tonneau cover
  • Stepping up to the turbo is quite expensive
  • Doesn't truck as well as it lifestyles
  • Capacitive controls can frustrate
First Place: 2022 Ford Maverick Lariat FX4
  • Exceptional value for money
  • Interior is wildly creative and clever
  • Looks the part of a pickup
  • Engine feels a bit weaker than its rating
  • Upper trims can get fairly expensive
  • Lariat interior isn't a substantial upgrade