I had a chance to see the maverick yesterday in person - it was a great little truck! It was the Lariat FX4 package.
As you can see from the photo - the maverick definitely looks taller than the outback (and looks like the roof is too!). The tall hood really sells the truck being a truck! When the engine bay was open, it did look like there was a solid 8"+ of airspace between the engine and hood (while on my focus/outback its more like 2"). Otherwise the truck was such a nice size. The dealer had a ranger on the lot and when I walked up next to that one, it felt pretty large (at the bed especially), even though the maverick is only a few inches shorter.
I will have to say that the one thing that I was surprised about is the rear leg room - it wasn't as 'comfortable' as I thought it would be. The outback next to it has the "same" amount of space inside the cab, but the maverick felt a little smaller somehow. I could fit in both seats, but back seat my knees were right up against the seat (6'-2"). Perhaps I didnt have the font seat perfectly positioned, but just my initial thoughts.
Updated with dimensions posted by @tonyinsd :
For comparison, here are the dimensions of the Outback:
And dimensions for the Maverick:
Nine inches longer, same width or slightly narrower and two inches taller
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