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Ford Maverick Hybrid Misses MPG Estimate, But We’re Not Surprised

Ford Maverick Hybrid Misses MPG Estimate, But We're Not Surprised

Michel SimariCar and driver

  • In our real-world 75-mph highway fuel economy test, the 2022 Ford Maverick XLT Hybrid returned 30 mpg, 3 mpg less than its EPA figure.
  • The front-drive Maverick hybrid is powered by a 2.5-liter inline-four paired with two electric motors that combine for 191 horsepower.
  • This Maverick also has a 4.5 foot bed and a towing capacity of 2000 pounds.

    welcome to Car and drivers test centerwhere we zoom in on the test numbers. We’ve been pushing vehicles to their limits since 1956 to provide objective data to back up our subjective impressions (you can see how we test here). A more comprehensive review of the 2022 Maverick XLT Hybrid can be found here.

    When Ford relaunched the maverick nameplate as compact van for the 2022 model year, it did so with a standard hybrid powertrain which was a bit of a surprise. Hybrid trucks are nothing new, and Ford’s F-150 can also be had with a partially electric powertrain, but the Maverick’s front-wheel-drive layout and non-turbocharged gasoline engine are unique in the pickup truck market.

    The powertrain is lifted directly from the Ford Escape hybrid. The 2.5-liter four-cylinder and two electric motors combine for 191 horsepower. As expected, EPA fuel economy ratings are excellent, coming in at 42 mpg city and 33 mpg highway.

    However, in our testing, the Maverick hybrid didn’t return the impressive numbers we expected. On our 75-mph highway fuel-economy test route, the truck managed 30 mpg. Driving around town, we regularly saw 40 mpg or more, according to the Maverick’s trip computer. the All-Wheel Drive Non-Hybrid Maverick We Tested in late 2021, which was powered by the optional 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-four, came close to hybrid in our highway fuel economy test by hitting 29 mpg.

    EPA estimated fuel economy ratings are not uncommon. Car and drivers test procedure differs from the EPA on purpose to reflect a more accurate actual figure. We run our test at a constant speed of 75 mph over a 200-mile loop. There are also limitations on air conditioning and use of cruise control. The EPA process is that of a temperature-controlled laboratory which has a much lower average speed.

    We doubt many full-size truck drivers will give the Maverick a second look – although rising gas prices may change that in the future – but compact car buyers should. Our XLT tester was well-equipped for a price of $26,645, making it similarly priced to small four-door and hatchbacks such as the Honda-Civicthe Hyundai Elantraand the Mazda3. These non-hybrid options, however, all crush the hybrid Maverick in our testing. The Hyundai and Mazda managed 38 mpg in our highway tests, while the Honda returned 36 mpg. What these cars don’t offer, however, is the Maverick’s convenient 4.5-foot-long cargo bed or 2,000-pound towing capacity.

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