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2022 Ford Maverick Hybrid gets better fuel economy than a compact sedan

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When Ford announced the Maverick, a compact, hybrid pickup truck, we knew to expect some game-changing fuel economy.

In fact, during Publisher Tim Esterdahl’s first drive experience in the hybrid 2022 Ford Maverick, he saw an average of 46 MPG on one trip, which was well above the launch estimate of 40 MPG.

Now, the official EPA testing is complete, and Ford should be quite pleased.

The 2022 Ford Maverick Hybrid fuel economy rang in at 42 MPG in the city. While the highway and combined numbers are lower, they’re still really good for a pickup truck at 33 and 37 MPG, respectively.  Additionally, the Maverick Hybrid has an overall range of more than 500 miles, with the EPA testing being based on a 13.8-gallon tank.

“Our team set out to redefine what a truck could be with Maverick, and we’ve done that with an EPA-estimated 42 MPG city that beats the 2022 Honda Civic 1.5-liter, 4-cylinder automatic (variable gear ratio) gasoline engine,” said Chris Mazur, Ford Maverick chief engineer. “At the same time, Maverick offers room for five and plenty of towing and hauling for weekend trips or do-it-yourself projects.”

We’re not sure why Ford chose the Honda Civic specifically as the comparison, but it is a popular sedan and known to be a fuel sipper. And, for sure, those new EPA-confirmed numbers are something to brag about.

How does Ford manage such fuel economy in a pickup truck?

The Maverick Hybrid has several things going for it, the first of which is the 2.5-liter Atkinson cycle, 4-cylinder engine, which has a small 12-volt battery assist. Combined with an electronically controlled continuously variable transmission (CVT), the Maverick Hybrid uses technology Ford has already developed through the years.

The fourth-generation hybrid system found in the Maverick includes a briefcase-sized, liquid-cooled lithium-ion battery pack under the floor, so it doesn’t affect the second-row seats or under-seat storage. Many parts of the Maverick’s hybrid system have been used for years in the Ford Escape Hybrid — even though the electronically controlled CVT is new and exclusive (for now) to the Maverick.

While the hybrid is the clear winner in the fuel economy wars, the 2.0-liter EcoBoost Maverick is no slouch in that arena. With front-wheel drive, city and highway fuel economy numbers are 23 and 30 MPG, respectively.  For the all-wheel drive version, it’s 22/29 MPG.

One other thing that helps tip the fuel economy scales for the hybrid: It’s only available in front-wheel drive.

When will the Maverick Hybrid go on sale?

We had previously reported that Ford might have halted production on the hybrid version. But in the latest release on fuel economy numbers, Ford stated the Maverick Hybrid is expected to start shipping in December with the first customer deliveries expected in January 2022. So, any halt appears to be over.

Ford expects reservations for the hybrid to be full by early November, and once that happens, the automaker will close off reservations until the summer of 2022. So, ICYMI: If you want one, you should get your order in ASAP.

Additionally, the Maverick with the 2.0-liter EcoBoost is currently on sale, and according to Ford, sales are off to a “fast start.” When we asked what exactly that means, a Ford PR spokesperson told us numbers weren’t currently available but more were on their way to dealers nationwide.

The bottom line on Ford Maverick fuel economy

We aren’t shocked in the least to see that 42 MPG number show up officially, and we tend to think the Maverick Hybrid is the way to go if you’re choosing to buy this compact truck.

Sure the 2.0-liter EcoBoost is tried-and-true, and you may not get made fun for driving a hybrid truck if you choose it. But the point of the Maverick is its small size, which is ideal for urban dwellers, and now with 42 MPG in the city, it seems like a no brainer to opt for the hybrid version.

But, as Ford stated, you may need to get in line, with the hybrid Maverick likely being fully reserved before Thanksgiving.

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Jimmy Dinsmore

Jimmy is News Editor for PickupTruckTalk with an expertise in new vehicles. He is also a Ford Mustang historian having authored the book Mustang by Design (available on Amazon). His second book, about the history of Ford's F-Series truck comes out next year.

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