Official EPA fuel economy figures for the 2022 Ford Maverick were just released yesterday, and those numbers were every bit as impressive as expected. The compact pickup is rated to return a full 42 miles-per-gallon in the city – two miles-per-gallon better than Ford’s original estimate – but a significantly lower 33 miles-per-gallon on the highway. The same is true for the 2021 Ford Escape hybrid, which gets 37 miles-per-gallon on the highway and 43 or 44 miles-per-gallon in the city for the all-wheel drive and front-wheel drive models, respectively.
2022 Ford Maverick and 2021 Ford Escape EPA Ratings
|2022 Ford Maverick 2.5L Hybrid FWD||42 MPG||33 MPG||37 MPG|
|2021 Ford Escape 2.5L Hybrid FWD||44 MPG||37 MPG||41 MPG|
|2021 Ford Escape 2.5L Hybrid AWD||43 MPG||37 MPG||40 MPG|
Traditional ICE-powered vehicles are generally the opposite, as stop-and-go driving is very inefficient for a gas engine. However, hybrids utilize regenerative braking to add a little power back to the battery. Many hybrids are also capable of moving only under electric power while traveling at low speeds, which means that the ICE engine doesn’t need to be running and burning gas, and if it is, it may only be charging the battery at that time.
This is clearly the case with both the 2022 Ford Maverick and 2021 Ford Escape hybrids, which are far more efficient in the city than on the highway. However, Mavericks equipped with Ford’s 2.0L EcoBoost I-4 also deliver impressive fuel economy, good enough to beat out the Hyundai Santa Cruz by a significant margin with numbers that are virtually identical to the non-hybrid Ford Escape and better than the 2021 Ford Bronco Sport.
Unfortunately for Maverick hybrid order holders, Ford recently announced that the new pickup will not begin shipping until December, with the first customer deliveries expected in January, due to the fact that the required state and federal emissions certifications have not yet been completed. Due to high demand, Ford expects that all Maverick hybrid models will be fully reserved by early November, at which time orders will close until next summer. However, customers affected by these delays will be receiving a free FITS kit, as Ford Authority reported earlier today.