Great versatile vehicle with a lot of comfort
I chose the Santa Cruz over the Maverick because of availability. After driving the Santa Cruz I can honestly state that the quality is excellent (there has not been 2 recalls - like the Maverick and I haven't lost any decals). It rides well, drives well, and easy to maneuver. I love the built in tonneau cover. It works extremely well. As I mentioned above, the vehicle drives great and rides great. The things I would change about the Santa Cruz would be (1) put in a hybrid engine or an option for better gas mileage (2) the vehicle should "beep" or vibrate to let the driver know they are going to hit a curb or back into a curb when parking - currently the vehicle only warns you if another car is driving behind you (3) slots in the driver and passenger doors where you can actually fit a water bottle or drink (4) add a pull down arm rest in the back seat for rear passengers and with cup holders. But based on what I have heard on the Ford - no problems after 2,000 miles, the warranty is solid and quality has been what I would expect out of a new vehicle.