When Ford revealed its new Maverick pickup back in June 2021, one of its main selling points was the standard hybrid powertrain, which the company said would have an estimated fuel economy rating of 40 mpg in the city. Well, it seems the American automaker underpromised on its claim. According to the EPA, the Maverick hybrid actually gets an estimated 42 mpg in the city.
Ford revealed official EPA ratings for the Maverick hybrid in an announcement made Thursday, saying the truck is capable of achieving an EPA-estimated 37 mpg combined. Though Ford doesn't outright list a highway mpg number, some quick math reveals a highway rating of 32 mpg.
At first glance, this is a bit strange—usually highway mpg ratings are higher than their city mpg counterparts since there's a lot less stop-and-go driving involved. But we suspect the city rating is so much higher because in the city, where speeds are low, the electric motor does a lot more of the legwork. It's likely that only when speeds increase (for example, on the highway) does the 162-horsepower 2.5-liter naturally aspirated inline-four take over most of the propulsion duties. That's the magic of electric assistance.
In addition to revealing EPA-estimated mpg ratings, Ford also confirmed an estimated driving range of over 500 miles for the Maverick Hybrid. So if you do a lot of road-tripping, this is very likely the truck for you.
Ford says deliveries of the more expensive, more powerful EcoBoost-equipped Maverick have already begun, with first customers receiving their trucks back in September. The company expects to start shipping hybrid models in December, with first deliveries in January 2022.
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