Our initial drive of the Ford Maverick, in which we tested both Hybrid and EcoBoost versions, both the front-wheel-drive and AWD versions, as well as a trail-tripping FX4 Package.
There is quite a large gap between the fuel economy of the 2022 Ford Maverick Hybrid and that of the EcoBoost, particularly for the all-wheel-drive version. The EPA rates the 2022 Ford Maverick hybrid at 37 combined miles per gallon, while the last one is rated at 25, and the tradeoff is increased grip, towing capability, and performance.
With the standard hybrid, the compact truck gets 37 mpg combined, while with the higher-end EcoBoost, it gets only 26 mpg. In that scenario, Kildoo reports getting up to 39 MPG, which is two better than what the EPA says the 2022 Ford Maverick Hybrid gets. While one trip was mostly highway, the reported mileage of 41.1 MPG is better than the 37 combined official Ford Maverick figures.
I observed a 26.1 mpg average — far lower than in a standard hybrid driveline, but better than in any gas-powered pickup. Our Maverick Lariat test truck came equipped with both an FX4 and Towing Package, and in our towing tests, Fords brand-new 2022 Maverick proved itself quite capable. When Ford rebooted the Maverick nameplate as a compact pickup for the 2022 model year, it did so with an off-the-shelf hybrid powertrain, which was somewhat surprising.
There is a reason for a shift, regardless of whether you are buying a standard hybrid or a more expensive EcoBoost engine. There are really two models of the Ford Maverick: a conventional hybrid, and a Maverick EcoBoost, which offers the more conventional engine. The base-level Maverick XL comes with the higher-efficiency hybrid engine as standard, but if you need extra towing capacity and four-wheel drive, opting for the gas-only EcoBoost should meet your needs both on-road and off-road.
There is no doubt the front-wheel-drive hybrid is better at those things, but given the more modestly efficient hybrid system is standard and more attractive, it stands to reason this is the version of the Maverick that is going to sell more, and therefore, the one drivers are going to want to get off the pavement – or at least, to try. Hybrid trucks are not a new thing, and even Fords own F-150 can have a partial-electric drivetrain, but The Mavericks front-wheel-drive configuration and turbine-less gas motor are unique to the pickup truck market.
In its single offered configuration, the Maverick is designed to offer great fuel economy, rated at an estimated 40 miles per gallon city and 500 miles per gallon of range on a tank. With half a ton of lumber in the back, and using the Tow/Haul mode, the Ford Maverick is still easy enough to drive, though not nearly as efficient. In our 75-mph, real-world fuel economy test, the 2022 Ford Maverick XLT Hybrid returned 30 miles per gallon, which is three miles per gallon lower than the EPAs number.