Maverick competitors: What will you be cross-shopping?

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I found it really interesting in the "Make or Break Specs" thread to see all the different ways folks wanted to configure/use the Maverick. It made me wander what other vehicles you thought that you'd be cross shopping as I expect there is a spectrum.

For me:

Tier 1:
New Ranger (if it comes in a hybrid/PHEV trim especially)
PHEV Gladiator (the Wrangler Unlimited has a 4xe version that's cool, but now only comes on high trims and so is expensive)

Tier 2:
As of yet unreleased Hyundai Santa Cruz - another unibody small truck, but I suspect the bed will be too small
Honda Ridgeline - Seems nice and a fit for my needs, but a bit low on efficiency for what it is

Tier 3:
Chevy Colorado - Doesn't seem to have a hybrid on the horizon
Subaru Outback - About the offroad capability I need, but less capacity than my current van
Wrangler Unlimited 4xE

Tier 4:
Full size trucks/SUVs

Obviously the other option is if I don't see anything ideal for me, I could punt and buy a cheap, used rough road capable vehicle and just use it for a few years until the hybrid small truck/upper middle SUV segment matures, but I don't consider that direct cross shopping.
 

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I’m getting a front wheel drive 2.0 maverick as soon as it hits the block :)
 

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Nope ...I want front wheel drive (unibody rear wheel drive doesn’t work for me) to bust some Ricer Butt....;)
Ooops, I swear that your post said rwd. Sorry!

In any case, I think you'll be happier as I am pretty confident that there will be a FWD version.
 
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I'm hopeful that the Maverick will be the small truck I have wanted for awhile but if not, I will just keep my F150. I don't really care for the Ridgeline and my past experience with Hyundai makes me leery of their offering. Kind of wish I had just kept my '89 Nissan Hardbody.
 
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I'm a Ford man all the way and the Maverick seems like it will be perfect for what I am looking for. I'll keep my F-150 for rowing our camper but for everyday getting around the Maverick will be great.
 
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I'm going to narrow it down between the Maverick, the new Santa Cruz and the newly (and finally) updated Nissan Frontier. I need four wheel drive and most likely I'll go with the one with most interior room since I'm 6' 5" tall and my kids are quickly growing so I need to be able to comfortably fit 4 people. There will be other factors but interior space in both the front & back seats is at the top of the list for me.
 

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I'll give the Hyundai Santa Cruz a look, though I'm not a fan of the Ridgeline-esque body style. If neither the Santa Cruz nor the Maverick seem worth the money, I'll stick with my current Nissan Frontier until something better comes along.
 
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