Small pickup trucks have returned in a big way, with two models hitting the market in the second half of 2021. The Hyundai Santa Cruz landed a short while ago and the Ford Maverick is just taking off. Beyond being a useful and easily maneuverable small truck, the Maverick has a big trick up its sleeve. The EPA just confirmed its hybrid powertrain fuel economy numbers and the results are noteworthy to say the least.
The Maverick’s hybrid powertrain delivers an impressive 42 mpg in the city, 33 mpg on the highway, and 37 mpg combined. It’s common for hybrids to return better fuel economy numbers in the city due to the more frequent use of their regenerative braking capabilities. Those ratings allow the Maverick to travel up to 500 miles or more on a single tank of fuel, and they stack the tiny truck up well against even the most frugal cars on the market. Ford notes that the truck beats the Honda Civic 1.5-liter car with a CVT in the city.
Two powertrains are on deck for the 2022 Ford Maverick. The hybrid system includes a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine paired with an electric motor for a total system output of 191 horsepower. It’s paired with a continuously variable transmission and front-wheel drive. The Maverick’s gas powertrain includes a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that makes 250 horsepower and 277 pound-feet of torque. It’s mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission.
Ford says that it expects all Maverick Hybrid production for the 2022 model year to be fully reserved by hopeful buyers by early November 2021. Once that happens, the Maverick Hybrid order banks will close until next summer, when they’re scheduled to reopen.