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I was the 2nd owner of a Subaru Baja in college and definitely took for granted the size, utility and rarity of this type of vehicle. After college, I took a job that required a lot of driving and living in an apartment complex with limited parking. So I did the natural thing and replaced it (@140k miles) with a more fuel friendly but similarly quarky Hyundai Veloster. I remember thinking the dealer lost their minds when they offered me $8k as a trade. Fast forward 10 years; now married with two small children, living in rural New Hampshire, the Veloster is gone in favor of a Hyundai Sonata 2.0T with a huge backseat to swallow equally huge kid seats.

I mention NH, because we don’t have trash pickup here and I cart everything to the transfer station myself; it sure would be nice to have that Baja back.

Maybe just maybe the maverick will have the right mix of utility, interior space, and car like efficiency to make real case for my next vehicle purchase.

While you may think I’d just wait for Hyundai to release the Santa Cruz. I’ve been less than impressed with the design direction they seem to be taking and seeing early concepts that look heavily based on the Tucson. I much prefer the pre-production designs on the Maverick that we’ve all been seeing the last few days. Needless to say Ford may convert me.
 

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Hey there.

I was the 2nd owner of a Subaru Baja in college and definitely took for granted the size, utility and rarity of this type of vehicle. After college, I took a job that required a lot of driving and living in an apartment complex with limited parking. So I did the natural thing and replaced it (@140k miles) with a more fuel friendly but similarly quarky Hyundai Veloster. I remember thinking the dealer lost their minds when they offered me $8k as a trade. Fast forward 10 years; now married with two small children, living in rural New Hampshire, the Veloster is gone in favor of a Hyundai Sonata 2.0T with a huge backseat to swallow equally huge kid seats.

I mention NH, because we don’t have trash pickup here and I cart everything to the transfer station myself; it sure would be nice to have that Baja back.

Maybe just maybe the maverick will have the right mix of utility, interior space, and car like efficiency to make real case for my next vehicle purchase.

While you may think I’d just wait for Hyundai to release the Santa Cruz. I’ve been less than impressed with the design direction they seem to be taking and seeing early concepts that look heavily based on the Tucson. I much prefer the pre-production designs on the Maverick that we’ve all been seeing the last few days. Needless to say Ford may convert me.
I remember seeing the Santa Cruz news and being interested but that truck has taken years to reach prototype stage let alone production that I'm not considering it anymore. I think the Maverick can deliver that versatility that all of us are looking for.

Would you want the 4 cylinder or 3 cylinder engine in your Maverick?
 

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Would you want the 4 cylinder or 3 cylinder engine in your Maverick?
Definitely AWD and a 4 cylinder. If the Escapes Titanium trim pricing model is any indication, I think the hybrid will be offered below the 2.0 “eco”boost.

So if it is less expensive initially and at the pump with minimal payload change I'll probably lean toward the Hybrid.

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It might come down to how poorly the CVT trans drives in the hybrid. How is it in the Escape hybrid?
 

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It might come down to how poorly the CVT trans drives in the hybrid. How is it in the Escape hybrid?
Agree. I've heard that Consumer Reports say that the Hybrid is definitely better than the 1.5L 3 cylinder, in the escape. I believe they've even gone on Record on their "Talking Cars" podcast to say that the base powertrain should've been the hybrid instead of the 3pot.
 

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Definitely AWD and a 4 cylinder. If the Escapes Titanium trim pricing model is any indication, I think the hybrid will be offered below the 2.0 “eco”boost.

So if it is less expensive initially and at the pump with minimal payload change I'll probably lean toward the Hybrid.

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If anything the hybrid could be an upgrade on performance like the F-150 hybrid is compared to the gas versions.
 

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While I've preferred the spy photos of the Maverick compared to the Hyundai Santa Cruz. Since all of Hyundai's spy shots have been covered with cladding.
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Per this article on Hyundai's Media Site, the Santa Cruz is scheduled to be revealed 4/15.
Hyundai Releases Teaser Sketch of Segment-Shattering Santa Cruz - Hyundai Newsroom

It will be interesting to see if this competes with where many of us have hoped Ford will position the Maverick, until I get hard specs on either vehicle I'm open to both.
 
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