5 thoughts about the 2023 Ford Maverick Hybrid: What real-world gas mileage does it get?

5 thoughts about the 2023 Ford Maverick Hybrid: What real-world gas mileage does it get?

The 2023 Ford Maverick is a simple mini truck we’ve driven and reviewed a few times now; I drove a non-hybrid a year ago, loaded a pretty good jag of bulk garden material into its little bed, and was impressed that it was truck enough to do light hauling duties for the average suburbanite. It’s filled with thoughtful design touches, such as all the ways Ford has compensated for the bed size, and the basic but hip interior.

But a version we hadn’t driven much is the Maverick Hybrid, the powerplant that caught everybody’s attention when the little truck was introduced. When the chance presented itself recently, we had one big question that hadn’t been answered in previous coverage: What kind of real-world mileage would the Maverick Hybrid get?

Here are five thoughts about this appealing little truck:

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1. As the internet likes to say, try this one weird twist

And by twist, we’re talking an old-fashioned ignition key that you turn in the steering column. No newfangled start button here.


The non-hybrid XLT also has a key, and we've never given it a thought. But the Maverick Hybrid XLT combines this old-fangled technology with the relatively new-fangled technology of a hybrid powerplant — and that combination takes some getting used to. When you press the ignition button of a typical hybrid, you don't have a reflexive expectation of anything other than the vehicle activating in some way or another. But when you turn an ignition key, and you're a driver of a certain age, you have been conditioned by tens of thousands of key turns over a lifetime to expect an engine to fire up. So, when you key up the Maverick Hybrid and your ears are met with ... nothing ... your reaction every time is the same: “Oh crap, it won’t start. … Oh. Duh. It’s a hybrid.”

It's funny how it only takes a split second for your mind to race to, “Geez, where are my jumper cables?” But once you realize the dashboard has come alive and all is well, you simply twiddle the shifter dial and take off under electric power. It took most of a week of outings for me to lose that reaction. That’s my problem, not the truck’s.

2. The Maverick Hybrid continues to be maddeningly hard to find

The Maverick Hybrid is such a great little rig, it’s no wonder it’s in such ridiculously high demand. A search of dealer inventories within a 50-mile radius turned up only nine Mavericks — none of them the hybrid, and virtually all showing dealer markups of $5,000-$9,000 over MSRP. Meanwhile, 39 Rangers were in stock, and 266 full-size F-150s.

The seeming inability to meet demand for the Maverick has given rise to a conspiracy theory that it’s all a ruse, and that Ford, or at least its dealers, would prefer to upsell you to a big, expensive truck rather than supply you with what you actually want. Let’s hope nobody’s actually that devious. The less cynical explanations are the lingering effects of the chip shortage, and Ford badly underestimating a staggering level of interest in an affordable small pickup. The company racked up 86,000 orders for the 2023 Maverick in just seven days before order-taking was shut down.

3. 'Tis a gift to be simple

The interior of a Maverick in XLT trim is basic and spare, yet stylish. The materials are characterful, and the cabin is filled with useful cubbies. The non-hybrid I drove last year had an interior filled with orange accents, while this Maverick Hybrid was less busy in black and blue, pairing nicely with its Atlas Blue Metallic exterior. And some hard plastic on the dash that seemed weird to the touch in the first truck has either been softened a bit, or maybe I just got used to it. It’s fine.

I love how basic and no-nonsense the Maverick is in XLT trim. No complicated features. The eight-inch infotainment system is rudimentary; they don't even call it Sync. Stereo? It works, you can catch the news on it. HVAC? Blows hot and cold, yep. It does have drive modes. And otherwise, well, that’s about it. The truck has what you need and nothing you couldn't get along without. If this is how you make a vehicle affordable these days, then this is perfectly acceptable.

4. It’ll fit into any parking space