We’ve had our award-winning 2022 Ford Maverick Lariat hybrid test truck for six months now, and it’s still a staff favorite for everything from road trips to urban errands. One of the reasons we chose the hybrid over the more powerful 2.0-litre turbo engine was because of the novelty of a compact hybrid pickup and the potential fuel economy – but a few months later we still had no specific fuel economy cycle to see what it could actually return. So earlier this summer, I refueled, checked tire pressures, and rode a 200-mile loop around Southeast Michigan to see exactly how good it is to sip the expensive unleaded sip.
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In the meantime, if you’ve been following our adventures here on Cars.com, you should be familiar with the Maverick we bought in March. Our requirements for the thing were quite broad: we wanted the hybrid powertrain – a 191 horsepower combination of a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine and an electric motor with a continuously variable transmission that only powers the front wheels – and heated seats.
Given the limited availability of the Maverick in early 2022 – the thing has proven to be such a hot-seller that Ford closed the order tap midway through the ’22 model year and is only now about to reopen it for 2023 – we were lucky enough to have found the one we did. It’s a loaded Lariat version, which means it has the Ford Co-Pilot360 safety system, leather seats and all the bells and whistles – but no four-wheel drive; that is not available on the hybrid. Given the efficiency and usability of the Maverick, we’re willing to overlook that kind of shortfall and perhaps make up for it with some snow tires when the weather inevitably turns bad in our area later in the year.
My standard fuel-efficient route is an approximately 200-mile loop that begins at the Cars.com Detroit bureau offices in Ann Arbor, Mich. stop-and-go driving and speeds generally ranging from 25-50 mph. From there it goes west on the highways to Lansing, Michigan, then south to Jackson, Michigan and back east to Ann Arbor, all at speeds of 70-120 km/h.
To simulate typical operating conditions, the climate control is turned on while the air conditioning is on, while the windows are left open for the best aerodynamic efficiency. Cruise control is not used, but speeds are always kept within 5 mph of the stated limit. Acceleration and braking are done at a moderate pace, keeping pace with traffic, but there are no stoplight drag races taking place while we are testing. With a beautiful 80-degree day, abundant sunshine and light volumes of traffic, I set out to see exactly what the Maverick can do when tested specifically for its fuel-guzzling nature.
It must be said, the fuel economy of the Maverick hybrid is truly exceptional for this type of vehicle. Much of the credit goes to the fact that the truck really, For real wants to stay in electric mode as long as possible, and if you drive it normally (not even super careful), it will too.
The route I walked divides the ride into about 25% stop-and-go suburban traffic and 75% highway speeds. For those first 45.3 miles in the city, the Maverick drove 29.3 miles in electric mode, giving a calculated result of 52.7 mpg. Please note that this is with normal acceleration and the air conditioning on full blast as it was quite hot and humid that day. The Maverick Hybrid is EPA Certified to get 42/33/37 mpg city/highway/combined is already some great numbers, but it can reach much higher numbers under normal conditions and average use.
The total range driven for the test was 204.5 miles (40.6 of which was electric), with the Maverick’s onboard computer saying it reached 40.9 mpg throughout the journey, again better than the official highway and combined EPA ratings. My calculation based on measured fuel economy versus mileage was even a little better than that, coming in at 41.5 mpg.
These are exceptional numbers for a very usable, comfortable, stylish compact pickup that can be bought at a relative bargain. Mileage is one aspect of the Maverick that has made it the must-have truck for 2022. As the 2023 model year remains largely unchanged (with only the addition of new colors and a new Tremor off-road package) and the order window reopens soon, we expect the Maverick’s popularity to continue unabated into the new year.
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