Posted on August 19, 2021 at 11:45 a.m.
Éric LeFrançois Special collaboration
Price: from $ 25,900
Expected this fall, the Maverick arises as one of the main rivals of the Santa Cruz. The latter will suffer from the start of the comparison with its American competitor in terms of price and reputation (Ford has invaluable expertise in the field of pickup trucks). The absence of a hybrid engine will also appear more glaring in the catalog of the South Korean since the Maverick offers one, and this, on its entry-level versions. On paper, the Santa Cruz appears more spacious inside, but the Maverick gets its revenge at the level of the body. The walls of the latter are higher and the plate is longer when the leaf is closed. On the other hand, the towing capacity is lower.
Price: from $ 45,535
As curious as it may sound, the arrival of the Santa Cruz could benefit the Ridgeline, which, for lack of a competitor, is struggling to find favor in the eyes of traditional pickup truck buyers. Rugged, reliable and roomy, the Ridgeline has a lot to offer, despite a fairly steep starting price and a somewhat dated interior presentation. The V6 that powers it consumes barely more than the supercharged 2.5L of the Santa Cruz and its automatic transmission smoother the nine gears more, while proving to be less expensive to maintain. Like the Santa Cruz, the Ridgeline behaves like a car and does not heckle its occupants, whether the dumpster is empty or not. Its towing capacity is equivalent to that of the Santa Cruz, but the latter’s ground clearance is greater.