Having discontinued the Fiesta, Focus, and Fusion from its US lineup in recent years, Ford believes the new Maverick can be your next family car. It certainly has the efficiency credentials for that since the Hybrid version has an official EPA fuel economy rating of 42 miles per gallon in the city and 33 mpg on the highway, resulting in an impressive 37 mpg combined.
With customer deliveries already underway, early adopters are sharing their feedback on specialized forums after the first days of ownership. One such person took to the Maverick Truck Club to brag about how efficient the Maverick Hybrid is in the real world. He managed to cover a whopping 595.2 miles (957.8 kilometers) without having to refuel. Not only that, he says there was still a bit of gasoline left in the tank.
In other words, the electrified compact truck would’ve likely covered 600 miles (965 kilometers) at the very least. During his trip, 269.9 miles (434.3 kilometers) were done without sipping any gasoline as that distance was covered running solely on electric power. Overall, his small truck averaged 44.1 mpg, thus beating EPA’s estimation by a significant margin.
Yes, hitting the 600-mile mark might not be overly impressive for someone who drives a diesel-fueled car, but it’s a remarkable figure for such a truck. The only thing that could make the Maverick Hybrid even better would be the availability of an all-wheel-drive system since the electrified pickup comes exclusively with a front-wheel-drive layout. Should you want the power to be sent to both axles, you’ll have to step up to the turbocharged 2.0-liter gasoline engine.
The hybrid is the base powertrain for the 2022 Maverick, combining a naturally aspirated 2.5-liter gasoline engine with a tiny 1.1-kWh lithium-ion battery pack mounted under the rear bench. You get 191 horsepower and 155 pound-feet (210 Newton-meters) of torque, enough hybrid punch for a maximum towing capacity of 2,000 pounds (907 kilograms). You can double that number by opting for the AWD-equipped EcoBoost version. However, that one returns only 25 mpg in the combined cycle or an extra mpg if you stick with FWD.
Source: Maverick Truck Club