Only the Ford Maverick and the Hyundai Santa Cruz are available as brand-new tiny pickup trucks in the US.

The 2023 Hyundai Santa Cruz has an advantage in terms of performance thanks to its more powerful engine options.

Its base 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine produces 181 lb-ft of torque and 191 horsepower.

In contrast, the 2023 Ford Maverick's base hybrid powertrain produces 191 horsepower and 155 lb-ft of torque.

Santa Cruz doesn't provide a productive hybrid model, unlike the Maverick.

Compared to the 2023 Maverick's towing capacity of 4,000 pounds, 2023 Santa Cruz can haul up to 5,000 pounds.

The Maverick and Santa Cruz include an all-wheel drive system that improves traction.

Santa Cruz has greater passenger capacity because it is a tiny bit bigger than the Maverick.

The 2022 Maverick's MSRP starts at $20,995 for the XL trim and goes as high as $26,860 for the Lariat trim.

Most advantages over the 2023 Maverick belong to the 2023 Santa Cruz.

On the other hand, the 2023 Maverick has benefits, including better gas mileage and a lesser cost.