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2021 Ford F-150 Hybrid's engine makes it as efficient as a compact SUV

The 2021 F-150 Hybrid is the company's most fuel-efficient full-size truck sold in the U.S.

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The 2021 Ford F-150 is now the fuel economy leader in the truck segment. The company's new hybrid full-size light-duty pickup truck is equipped with the fuel-efficient 3.5-liter PowerBoost engine that delivers efficient power in every configuration.

"Our team spent months living with and observing truck customers at their homes, on job sites and on the weekends," said Hau Thai-Tang, Ford chief product platform and operations officer. "Using electrification, we realized we could now give customers something they had long wanted but didn't think was possible – tremendous power, great fuel economy and all-new capabilities to make their F-150 even more productive."

2021 Ford F-150 The 2021 Ford F-150 Hybrid comes standard with an on-board generator that can be upgraded to have enough output to power a bevy of tools at a construction site. Photo courtesy of Ford Motor Company

The least thirsty 2021 Ford F-150 Hybrid is configured with a 4x2 drivetrain and gets an EPA-estimated 25 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on the highway. It has a range of 750 miles. The 4x4 PowerBoost model earns an EPA-estimated 24 mpg combined, which is the best among 4x4 full-size light-duty pickups. It can go 700 miles on a single tank of gas.

That fuel efficiency makes the F-150 Hybrid as efficiency as the 2021 Jeep Wrangler, 2021 Hyundai Tucson, and 2021 Jeep Compass, though the F-150 is much more powerful. It delivers 430 horsepower and 570 pound-feet of torque. The 4x2 PowerBoost has a 12,700-pound maximum conventional towing capacity with the Max Trailer Package. It has a maximum payload of 2,120 pounds.

In addition to the hybrid engine, Ford offers four other power plants, including its 3.0-liter Power Stroke diesel V6. All engines come standard with a 10-speed automatic transmission.

F-150 Hybrid buyers get Pro Power Onboard, a generator, standard on their vehicle. It is capable of exporting 2.4 kilowatts of power via outlets in the cabin and cargo box. Buyers can upgrade to the optional 7.2-kilowatt output, which provides up to 18 times more exportable power than the nearest competitor.

The 2021 F-150 has been shipped to dealerships across the U.S. and will be handed over to buyers this month. It is is assembled at the Dearborn Truck Plant in Dearborn, Michigan and Kansas City Assembly Plant in Claycomo, Missouri.

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Three things to know about the 2022 Ford Maverick

The Maverick will be hybrid-first and can return great fuel economy.

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Last week, Ford confirmed the name of its new compact truck and set a date for its official reveal. Today is that day, and the Maverick is finally out in the open for all to see. Ford's compact pickup features an interesting mix of powertrain tech and functionality, so we're here to help you get a feel for what makes the new truck tick.

Here are three things to know about the 2022 Ford Maverick.


2022 Ford Maverick The Maverick will likely be all the pickup most people ever need.Ford Motor Company


It'll be hybrid-first

The 2022 Maverick will be offered with two powertrains, but the standard fixture is a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine paired with a 94kW electric motor. The two combine to produce 191 horsepower and send the power to the front wheels. The base hybrid models get a continuously variable transmission and can return as much as 40 mpg on the highway. Yes, it's a hybrid, but there's some real truck capability hidden in the Maverick's specs. It will be able to tow up to 2,000 pounds and can carry a payload of up to 1,500 pounds. That's enough to pull a small boat, a couple of jet skis, or a camper trailer.

The optional gas powertrain includes a 2.0-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission. Maverick models equipped with this powertrain can tow up to 4,000 pounds when properly equipped.


2022 Ford Maverick The Maverick's bed and tailgate will help owners carry more with less overall space.Ford Motor Company


It's bigger than you think

Ford's marketing materials and even tweets from prominent members of its PR staff suggest that the Maverick is tiny, but that's not the whole story. The truck rides on a platform shared with the Ford Bronco Sport and Ford Escape, but is just ten inches shorter than the Ranger and around 32 inches shorter than an F-150. It's compact, sure, but it's not the tiny toy truck you might be envisioning. Beyond fuel economy, the Maverick's dimensions help it maneuver tight spaces, so much so that Ford says it needs just a 40-foot diameter to turn in a complete circle.



2022 Ford Maverick Trucks don't need to be huge to get the job done.Ford Motor Company


It will be relatively affordable

Vehicles of all types are becoming more expensive, especially trucks. The Maverick bucks that trend, at least in most of its forms, and comes in with a starting price of around $20,000 after destination charges are applied. The midrange XLT model starts at $22,280 before destination and the range-topping Lariat starts at $25,490 before destination. Any model can be upgraded with the 2.0-liter gas engine and the Lariat trim is available with a First Edition Package that adds exclusive wheels, paint colors, and a moonroof.

If you're hoping to get your hands on a Maverick, you can reserve one now on Ford.com. The automaker says that the truck will start hitting dealers' lots in fall 2021, so there are just a few months to wait if you're in the market.

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Ford to use Maverick name for new pickup

The Maverick name was last used on a car in the 1970s.

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The pickup game is heating up, but it's not a big truck that we're here to talk about. Ford has just confirmed the Maverick name for its upcoming compact pickup, and the images included with today's press release appear to jive with the spy shots we've been seeing over the last year or so. Though it already has the best-selling pickup truck of all time in the F-150, a solid midsize entry in the Ranger, and a variety of heavy-duty options with its Super Duty lineup, Ford is set to add another pickup truck to its catalog with the compact Maverick.


Ford Maverick name Gabrielle Union will headline the unveiling on June 8th.Ford


The Maverick is expected to ride on a modified C2 platform, which currently underpins the Ford Escape and Bronco Sport. That makes the Maverick a tiny truck by today's full-size standards and will make it noticeably smaller than the existing Ford Ranger pickup. The platform also means that the Maverick will be a unibody pickup truck, which sets it apart from the body-on-frame construction of the F-150 and others.

The unibody design will give the Maverick a smoother, more car-like ride and better handling, but isn't typically used for trucks because body-on-frame construction gives pickups more rigidity and better capability to deal with heavy loads. Even so, the Maverick should still be able to muster a decent tow and payload rating, as we've seen from other unibody vehicles, such as the Honda Ridgeline.


Ford Maverick name The Maverick's trim designation appears just below its side mirrors.Ford


Ford hasn't given out any other details on the Maverick, other than to note that the truck's official unveiling event will take place on June 8. Actress Gabrielle Union is headlining the event, which will take place across all of Ford's social channels, on Hulu, and on Union's Instagram and TikTok channel. Ford notes that the Maverick will be its first vehicle debut on its U.S. TikTok channel.

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