Last month, we revealed fuel economy ratings for the 2021 Ford F-150 hybrid, or 3.5L PowerBoost V6 models, for Canada. Now, the EPA has released those same ratings for the U.S., and, well, they’re exactly the same – 24 miles-per-gallon in the city and 24 miles-per-gallon on the highway, for a combined rating of 24 mpg.
That equates to an annual fuel cost of $1,300, based on 45 percent highway and 55 percent city driving with 15,000 annual miles and using current fuel prices. Using these figures, the 2021 Ford F-150 hybrid costs $2.19 to drive 25 miles.
These numbers are substantial improvements over what was offered in the previous-gen Ford F-150. The 2020 model equipped with Ford’s 2.7L EcoBoost V6 is rated at 18 mpg in the city, 23 on the highway, and 20 combined, for example. Meanwhile, the 3.5L EcoBoost V6 offers fuel economy ratings of 16 mpg in the city, 22 on the highway, and 18 combined.
The 2020 F-150 equipped with the 2.7L EcoBoost features an annual fuel cost of $1,600, $300 higher than the PowerBoost, and costs $2.63 per 25 miles to drive. Meanwhile, the 3.5L EcoBoost has an annual fuel cost of $1,750 and costs $2.92 per 25 miles to operate.
Thus, it’s pretty clear that the 2021 Ford F-150 hybrid provides far cheaper operating costs than existing models. But on top of that, it’s also the most powerful engine in the 2021 lineup, producing 430 horsepower and 570 pound-feet of torque – the most torque ever in an F-150. That’s enough to edge out its non-hybrid counterpart, Ford’s 3.5L EcoBoost V6, which is now rated at 400 horsepower and 500 pound-feet of torque.
Despite its power advantage, however, the Ford F-150 PowerBoost carries lower payload and towing capacity ratings than the non-hybrid 3.5L EcoBoost powerplant. The PowerBoost comes with a max payload rating of 2,120 pounds, while the EcoBoost can carry up to 3,250 pounds. In terms of towing, the EcoBoost is rated at a maximum of 14,000 pounds, while the PowerBoost will pull up to 12,700 pounds.
The 3.5L PowerBoost option can be added to any trim level of the 2021 Ford F-150, so long as it’s a SuperCrew cab. The PowerBoost is an extra-cost option on all 2021 Ford F-150 models, but the price depends on the trim level. Adding PowerBoost to the XL and XLT trims adds $4,500 to the MSRP, $3,300 for the Lariat, $2,500 to the King Ranch and Platinum trims, and $1,900 for the Limited trim.