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Obviously a 2wd truck sitting this low to the ground. Pretty bland looking, slab sides, no wind splits or contours visible. I don’t see anything to make me want to buy one. Four doors also a big negative for me.
I don’t think that’s a 2wd truck. It’s car based, not body on frame, so it is inherently lower.

It may not be for you. But I’d wait until actual specifications are released before passing judgement.
 

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The Hyundai still looks like a Car/SUV. The Maverick is a truck and looks like it.
I mean, looks wise the Santa Cruz is leagues better looking. The Maverick looks really boring to be frank. Theres something super bland about the Maverick in that Area 51 sideshot we got and the leaked front end just looks bulky and blah when compared to the gorgeous Bronco Sport. I wish they just used that front end from the Bronco Sport, would have looked worlds better. To fix the wall of boring on the side maybe they can make a little fender flare kit. Just SOMETHING to break up the big flat wall of metal and give a bit of style.

I am also keeping an eye on the Santa Cruz but the bed shots so far give the edge to the Maverick. Plus the idea of a cheap fleet truck probably isnt even in the wheelhouse of Hyundai when it comes to a possible trim. Thats the primary reason Id go with the Maverick when directly compared. SLightly bigger bed, less options and cheaper/lower trims. If I wanted a cool looking vehicle it would go to the Santa Cruz and its literally not even a close competition.
 

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Also something no one else has said, I hope these drivers in the spy shots are like 4'10" because if they arent then that belt-line is LUDICROUSLY high. Thats a newer trend I just cant stand. More uncomfortable to hang your arm out of, harder to see out, makes the vehicle feel more cramped and tomb-like.

My stepsister got a Jeep Renegade somewhat recently and I was shocked at how high the belt line was on it. Same with my buddies Camaro. It literally makes the car feel like a coffin instead of a greenhouse.
 

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I mean, looks wise the Santa Cruz is leagues better looking. The Maverick looks really boring to be frank. Theres something super bland about the Maverick in that Area 51 sideshot we got and the leaked front end just looks bulky and blah when compared to the gorgeous Bronco Sport. I wish they just used that front end from the Bronco Sport, would have looked worlds better. To fix the wall of boring on the side maybe they can make a little fender flare kit. Just SOMETHING to break up the big flat wall of metal and give a bit of style.

I am also keeping an eye on the Santa Cruz but the bed shots so far give the edge to the Maverick. Plus the idea of a cheap fleet truck probably isnt even in the wheelhouse of Hyundai when it comes to a possible trim. Thats the primary reason Id go with the Maverick when directly compared. SLightly bigger bed, less options and cheaper/lower trims. If I wanted a cool looking vehicle it would go to the Santa Cruz and its literally not even a close competition.
Man to each their own, but I think the Santa Cruz is UGLY. The Maverick atleast looks like a truck. I wouldn’t be interested in the Santa Cruz for the look alone as it looks much more car like to me.
 
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You can thank crash regulations for the trend towards high belt lines. Glass doesn’t hold back much force during a side impact. Glass has to be traded for structure in order to make cars safe.
That and an increase in bedwall height to increase cargo capacity/volume, for trucks at least.

But, yes, crash regulations are a big part of it.
 

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I mean, looks wise the Santa Cruz is leagues better looking. The Maverick looks really boring to be frank. There's something super bland about the Maverick in that Area 51 side shot we got and the leaked front end just looks bulky and blah when compared to the gorgeous Bronco Sport. I wish they just used that front end from the Bronco Sport, would have looked worlds better. To fix the wall of boring on the side maybe they can make a little fender flare kit. Just SOMETHING to break up the big flat wall of metal and give a bit of style.

I am also keeping an eye on the Santa Cruz but the bed shots so far give the edge to the Maverick. Plus the idea of a cheap fleet truck probably isn't even in the wheelhouse of Hyundai when it comes to a possible trim. That's the primary reason Id go with the Maverick when directly compared. Slightly bigger bed, less options and cheaper/lower trims. If I wanted a cool looking vehicle it would go to the Santa Cruz and its literally not even a close competition.
Man to each their own, but I think the Santa Cruz is UGLY. The Maverick at least looks like a truck. I wouldn’t be interested in the Santa Cruz for the look alone as it looks much more car like to me.
This exact argument is the reason different models exist, why there are different options. Someone can get the Santa Cruz if they like it, or the Maverick if they like that instead, or probably any number of options in the future.
 

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That big flat wall of metal is exactly what fleets want for logos. You probably weren't around for the outrageous dealer-prep artwork of the 80's and early 90's.
 

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I personally like what I see from the Mav, and I don't think I would drive a Santa Cruz even they gave just gifted me one. That being said, to each their own and if the Cruz is your thing, go for it.
Sadly the Santa Cruz is going to 100% too fancy and expensive. They wont do any cheap fleet models and they gizmos are basically guaranteed to be fancier and cooler than what Ford offers. They always are with Hyundai honestly, past few years they've blown by Ford for that kinda stuff. But looks wise, its miles beyond the Maverick since it goes more the Ute route instead of amorphous looking brick route. I absolutely adore Utes and would prefer the look of that, especially for a "truck" with capabilities as low as this is going to have.

They're basically the same vehicle though, the people acting like the Maverick is more truck-ish just look silly. They're small CUV based crossover trucks. They're both just baby Honda Ridgelines. Gonna be great lifestyle trucklets but they wont replace a real truck for anyone that uses their vehicle for normal towing and hauling.
 
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