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The truck market is pretty volatile at the moment, but it’s possible to get a good deal on a used truck. The Hyundai Santa Cruz stands out as an option with tremendous value. See why getting a used Hyundai Santa Cruz could be a smart move. 

Used Hyundai Santa Cruz models pack tons of value 

The 2024 Hyundai Santa Cruz off-roading in sand
2024 Hyundai Santa Cruz

According to Money, the Hyundai Santa Cruz is the best truck for the money in two different categories. It has the best warranty and the best certified pre-owned (CPO) program. So with this truck, you’re protected. 

The Hyundai Santa Cruz warranty covers five years of ownership or 60,000 miles, based on which happens first. The powertrain is covered for the first 10 years or 100,000 miles. 

The Ford Maverick warranty covers the first three years of ownership or 36,000 miles. The powertrain is covered for the first five years or 60,000 miles. So, the Santa Cruz is covered for a much longer time. 

Also, used Hyundai Santa Cruz models are trusted as reliable options thanks to the extensive CPO program. CPO programs occur when auto manufacturers back their used vehicles with an extended warranty and varying eligibility requirements based on age, mileage, and condition. 

The Hyundai CPO program includes a 173-point inspection. Plus, the vehicles must have less than 60,000 miles on the odometer and must be five years old or less. 

Ford’s CPO program has a 172-point inspection and the vehicles are allowed to have higher mileage limits and can be older than five years old. 

It’s possible that a CPO Maverick might not have as much value or quality based on its age and condition due to longer use. 

The Hyundai Santa Cruz is also seen as a valuable option due to its low starting price and fuel economy. It starts with an MSRP of $26,900. The Ford Maverick has an MSRP of $23,815, but most options are selling at 10% above MSRP. 

The Santa Cruz gets an EPA-estimated 22 mpg in the city and up to 26 mpg on the highway, which is good for a truck. 

While the Maverick Hybrid gets an EPA-estimated 40 mpg in the city and up to 33 mpg on the highway, it can’t be paired with AWD and only tows up to 2,000 lbs. The Santa Cruz offers AWD with each trim and can tow up to 5,000 lbs. 

The Hyundai Santa Cruz is a better workhorse than you think. It might be worth giving it another look.