The EPA fuel economy numbers are out for the 2021 Ford F-150 hybrid (aka PowerBoost), and the estimate numbers plus the gas tank size equal 750 miles of driving without making a stop for fuel.
Now that is pretty impressive for a pickup truck.
The F-150 hybrid is what?
Ford’s new F-150 hybrid combines a 3.5-liter V-6 EcoBoost engine with a hybrid powertrain complete with onboard battery and new hybrid 10-speed transmission. This combination really improves the city and combined fuel economy numbers for the half-ton truck.
For example, the 2WD version of the PowerBoost will return an EPA-estimated rating of 25 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on the highway. This is works out to 750 miles of range with a 30-gallon tank.
The 4WD Ford F-150 is also pretty impressive returning an estimated 24 mpg combined fuel economy rating, which Ford says is the best among 4×4 gas-powered light-duty trucks. For reference, the truck is rated at 24 mpg in city and 24 mpg on the highway. This makes telling your buddies the fuel economy pretty simple: 24. The answer is 24 for everything!
As a side note: During our first-drive review, we averaged 21.3 mpg over 52.9 mpg. Not quite up to the EPA estimates, but we weren’t trying to hypermile either.
There is another benefit as well to the hybrid — torque. With 570 pound-feet of torque, it is now the most torque ever offered on an F-150. For reference, that is more torque than both of Ford’s larger gas engines offered in their Super Duty trucks. Yeah, more torque than a F-250 or F-350. Pretty impressive.
Plus, it is rated at 12,700 pounds for max towing and has a maximum payload of 2,120 pounds. Note, you won’t find a truck with both of those maxes, and most trucks will be around the 1,400 pounds of payload range and 10,000 pounds of towing as they are equipped with features.
Finally, Ford’s new Pro Power Onboard generator is standard on the hybrid with a 2.4kW hook up, and you can get the optional 7.2 kW setup. This is the rear plugs in the bed, which are connected to the hybrid battery providing hours of consistent, clean energy for charging your tools or camper.
The rest of Ford’s six-engine lineup are all mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission, and the estimated fuel economy is as follows:
Pricing for the PowerBoost varies by trim with the hybrid option running from $2,500 to $4,500 at the time of this story. Models should be on dealer lots by the end of 2020 and early Spring 2021.
The bottom line on F-150 fuel economy
Estimated fuel economy numbers are just that — estimates. However, these are really good numbers for Ford, as it looks to keep a step above the competition. Granted, many people might have thought the numbers would be higher, but they tend to forget about the physics of a pickup truck — you know, it’s basically a box on wheels. There is only so much you can do with this box to improve fuel economy and Ford has, arguably, done the most with a hybrid and a lighter truck thanks to the aluminum body.