The AMC Hornet IMHO was far superior to the Ford Maverick in many ways. I owned a 1971 Ford Maverick Grabber with the 250 ci six cylinder engine, automatic transmission, air conditioning, power steering, etc. I road tested a 1972 AMC Hornet SST. It had much better air conditioning, the transmission, which AMC bought from Chrysler and was called Torque Command, shifted much more positively than the C4 Fordomatic in the Maverick. When I bought the Maverick as a used car, the engine consumed a quart of oil every 300 miles. I had the valve stem seals replaced, and was able to reduce the consumption to one quart every 1200 miles. I found out that this was a chronic problem with the Maverick engine. I had a 1965 Rambler Classic 550 with the 199 ci six, a 1968 Javelin with the 232 ci 6 and a 1975 Pacer with the 258 ci 6. I had no oil consumption problems with these engines, which were different versions of the same block. I woud have purchased the 1972 Hornet (this was in 1975), but the dealer and I couldn't agree on the price.