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I liked the original concept version of the Santa Cruz, but there's a few things about the actual production model that just turned me off. The use of a DCT is one of them. They're not well suited to some driving conditions, and I'm just old school when it comes to transmissions; I know how a regular auto will respond to our typical winter conditions on my commute to and from work.
 

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$3990 more is not bad at all . And the Santa Cruz is definitely something to check out once it hits the dealers lots .
It’s a much sharper looking truck inside and out .

Not IMO, it looks like a car!

I'm on record not loving the Maverick's looks, but it beats the tar off the Santa Cruz. IMHO and all that.

Basically I kinda dislike the unibody " Truck/car" look, and the Santa Cruz swings much more that way than even the Maverick. The Mav still looks trucklike enough to be acceptable in my book.
 

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I liked the original concept version of the Santa Cruz, but there's a few things about the actual production model that just turned me off. The use of a DCT is one of them. They're not well suited to some driving conditions, and I'm just old school when it comes to transmissions; I know how a regular auto will respond to our typical winter conditions on my commute to and from work.
How does a DCT drive differently in winter? The DCT in our Audi is completely indistinguishable from a traditional automatic in all seasons. We lived where we would regularly get ice and snow.
 

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I realize that looks are subjective, but I think if you like the look of the Santa Cruz then maybe you didn't really want a truck in the first place. Because the SC looks nothing like a truck, it looks like exactly what it is: a Tucson with a hole cut in the back.
The modern El Camino....if that's even possible.
 

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If I was in the market for a 2.0 Ecoboost truck with 4k tow and fx4, I'd definitely consider the Santa cruz. But the equivalent Santa Cruz to my ordered hybrid lariat lux with moonroof would cost a lot more and get much worse mpg
 

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If I was in the market for a 2.0 Ecoboost truck with 4k tow and fx4, I'd definitely consider the Santa cruz. But the equivalent Santa Cruz to my ordered hybrid lariat lux with moonroof would cost a lot more and get much worse mpg
This. The fuel economy isn't even in the same league. The Turbo in the Hyundai is a lot more money, too I think. I really can't even consider them in the same market segment the more I compare them. What good is a higher payload in the Hyundai if you can't put it in the bed?
 

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Now the ruckus begins. Brawl everybody..... The SUV trucklett (Maverick)vs The trucklett SUV(Santa Cruz). Which is better? To me they are not quite the same. I lean towards the Maverick, but like the looks of the SC. The front end is cool looking at night. I have seen one. From afar. I like the Maverick's >>>I'm a truck, kinda looks everywhere. But Ford dropped the ball with the color of the lariat interior. I finally got my dealer final paper work, everything is signed. My Maverick Lists for 33,335. 2.0, Fx4, Tow pk, pass,side tool box, drop in bed liner. So the SC is in the ball game!!!! I was hearing 16000 price differences.... scarey and that electronic dash of the SC is SCAREY! That is my main concern. I do not like my Challengers huge Screen at night!!! The glare is horrible. So FOLKS the battle is on!!!! Hurray! I also love the fact that the SC is made HERE! USA!
 

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I just went to price out a SC. It is 36k......THAT IS A NO GO! So the Maverick is my new choice. I really wanted to more compétitive pricing. I loved the fact the SC was made here. Why couldn't HYUNDAI bring the AWD option down one notch??????? So they didn't and Ford has won! Congrats FORD! 3k more for the awd is just two much>>>>I would just keep the Bronco I ordered.
 

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I realize that looks are subjective, but I think if you like the look of the Santa Cruz then maybe you didn't really want a truck in the first place. Because the SC looks nothing like a truck, it looks like exactly what it is: a Tucson with a hole cut in the back.
I like the look of the SC, and I want a truck. The two don't have to cancel each other out. I can appreciate the design of both the Maverick and the SC.
 

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I’m guessing that the SC’s base price is much lower than Hyundai wanted. Initial guesses for the SC price were at least $27K, so having to take $25K must be hurting them. They were really undercut by Ford’s hybrid announcement at a much lower price.
 

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I’m guessing that the SC’s base price is much lower than Hyundai wanted. Initial guesses for the SC price were at least $27K, so having to take $25K must be hurting them. They were really undercut by Ford’s hybrid announcement at a much lower price.
They definitely did not plan to go as low as they did, but had no choice and even now are still out of the ballpark with their pretend truck.
 

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Now the ruckus begins. Brawl everybody..... The SUV trucklett (Maverick)vs The trucklett SUV(Santa Cruz). Which is better? To me they are not quite the same. I lean towards the Maverick, but like the looks of the SC. The front end is cool looking at night. I have seen one. From afar. I like the Maverick's >>>I'm a truck, kinda looks everywhere. But Ford dropped the ball with the color of the lariat interior. I finally got my dealer final paper work, everything is signed. My Maverick Lists for 33,335. 2.0, Fx4, Tow pk, pass,side tool box, drop in bed liner. So the SC is in the ball game!!!! I was hearing 16000 price differences.... scarey and that electronic dash of the SC is SCAREY! That is my main concern. I do not like my Challengers huge Screen at night!!! The glare is horrible. So FOLKS the battle is on!!!! Hurray! I also love the fact that the SC is made HERE! USA!
I know nothing about truck beds other then the 2nd gen Ridgeline I had for a while had a composite bed material. Can there be issues down the road doing a drop in bedliner as opposed to a sprayed bed in the Mav I wonder?
 

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I know nothing about truck beds other then the 2nd gen Ridgeline I had for a while had a composite bed material. Can there be issues down the road doing a drop in bedliner as opposed to a sprayed bed in the Mav I wonder?
Drop in bedliners get water and debris trapped under them, also they chafe the paint is spots. All this eventually causes rust. I had a drop in bedliner in an F150 for several years and it was a mess under there.
 

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Drop in bedliners get water and debris trapped under them, also they chafe the paint is spots. All this eventually causes rust. I had a drop in bedliner in an F150 for several years and it was a mess under there.
If you have a drop in bed liner you should be flushing out the sand and debris from under it twice a year . My truck bed looked great after 20 years by doing this .
And if I had one of todays Aluminum beds in a F150 . I would be putting a 3/4” rubber mat in it from Tractor Supply and then a bed liner just to protect it from all the dents that they suffer from .
 

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If I was in the market for a 2.0 Ecoboost truck with 4k tow and fx4, I'd definitely consider the Santa cruz. But the equivalent Santa Cruz to my ordered hybrid lariat lux with moonroof would cost a lot more and get much worse mpg
I am going to have to disagree here.

I am getting the described Mav in your post and went to check out the SC Pricing. If you want the 2.5T better engine option & AWD on the SC, you are looking at almost $36k before destination fees.

My Mav is running me around 31.5k. If the price of the SC was 32-33k instead, we could have a conversation but it seems the SC is just overpriced in comparison.
 

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I am going to have to disagree here.

I am getting the described Mav in your post and went to check out the SC Pricing. If you want the 2.5T better engine option & AWD on the SC, you are looking at almost $36k before destination fees.

My Mav is running me around 31.5k. If the price of the SC was 32-33k instead, we could have a conversation but it seems the SC is just overpriced in comparison.
But feature wise and towing wise that SC SEL Premium you are comparing is a lot more loaded vehicle. 1k higher towing, a lot more features than the XLT. Heck it has more than the Lariat other than the Active X seats.
 
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