Based on what people are paying at the pump, it almost seems that oil prices never went negative in 2020. Some say it all has to do with somebody named Brandon. Others have noticed a steep drop in employment for truck drivers and other workers in the logistical chain; people who are irreplaceably critical in getting vital products such as gasoline to filling stations across the country. However you wish to frame it, the 2022 Ford Maverick Hybrid pickup truck seems to be a pragmatic solution to today’s gasoline crisis, thanks to an EPA estimated combined fuel economy of 37 mpg, and an estimated driving range of more than 500 miles.
2022 Ford Maverick Hybrid Fuel Economy: 42 MPG City, 33 MPG Highway
For a pickup, seeing a “4” as the first number of a fuel economy estimate is not something we’ve seen from any production truck. To use any less gasoline, you’d probably have to go fully electric. But electrification is also what weens the 2022 Ford Maverick off of gasoline. Remember, the base Mav is a hybrid, featuring a 2.5L naturally aspirated Atkinson cycle four-cylinder engine and a liquid-cooled 1.1 kW lithium ion battery that’s roughly the size of a briefcase. The battery pack is packaged underneath the rear seats.
In total, the hybrid system produces 191 horsepower, and 155 lb-ft of torque that’s sent to the front wheels. The frugal specs are good for towing 2,000 pounds. For those that seek more power and capability, the 2022 Ford Maverick comes in an AWD version featuring a 2.0L turbo that can tow up to 4,000 pounds.
Ford says that the 2022 Maverick Hybrid is expected to start shipping in December from the Hermosillo plant in Mexico, with the first customer deliveries expected in January 2022. However, if you want one, you’ll have to scramble.
2022 Ford Maverick Hybrid orders are expected to close in the coming weeks, if not days, and will not reopen until next summer. Likely for the 2023 model year. Customers can otherwise place orders for the 2.0L turbo model, which is more powerful and capable, but doesn’t match the incredible fuel economy numbers of the hybrid. But they’re still pretty good.