Way back in October, we reported that National Resources Canada had confirmed 2021 Ford F-150 PowerBoost fuel economy ratings in the country, which came in at 24 miles-per-gallon in the city and 24 miles-per-gallon on the highway, for a combined rating of 24 mpg. Now, some time later, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has released its fuel economy ratings for the first-ever hybrid Ford F-150 pickup, and they’re even better.
The two-wheel-drive 2021 F-150 PowerBoost is rated to return 25 miles-per-gallon in the city and 26 miles-per-gallon on the highway for a combined rating of 25 mpg. That gives the PowerBoost-equipped F-150 the best combined fuel economy rating among all gas-powered full-size light-duty pickups on sale today.
Those opting for the four-wheel-drive model won’t lose too much in terms of economy, either. The 4×4 2021 Ford F-150 PowerBoost fuel economy ratings come in at 24 miles-per-gallon city and 24 mpg on the highway, for a combined rating of 24 mpg. The RWD version of the hybrid pickup has an EPA-estimated range of 750 miles on a single tank of gas, while the 4×4 version is rated to travel 700 miles before refueling is required.
As well as being the most fuel-efficient, the hybrid is also the most powerful in Ford’s 2021 F-150 lineup, as its 3.5L PowerBoost V6 produces 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.
The Ford F-150 PowerBoost does offer lower payload and towing capacity ratings than the non-hybrid 3.5L EcoBoost powerplant, however. 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.