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2022 Ford Maverick And 2021 Ford Escape Hybrids Work Best In The City


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

City Highway Combined
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.

We’ll have much more on the Maverick and Escape soon, so be sure and subscribe to Ford Authority for more Ford Maverick news, Ford Escape news, and around-the-clock Ford news coverage.


Brett's lost track of all the Fords he's owned over the years and how much he's spent modifying them, but his current money pits include an S550 Mustang and 13th gen F-150.

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  1. Roy Chile’s

    The Maverick looks better than the Escape at a entry level price while doing it. Am totally burn out on all the over size Station Wagon SUVs on the road today

  2. Stephen Goldberger

    Hybrids’ fuel efficiency stems primarily from the engine always operating at or near peak efficiency. Wind and rolling resistance in city driving are low, enabling the hybrid to capture excess energy produced while the engine runs at peak efficiency and use it to power the vehicle with the engine not running or to give an extra boost for acceleration or going uphill while the engine maintains its most efficient operation. Regenerative braking is not a large contributor to efficiency, but the only cost is some lines of code and a control module between the brake pedal and the master cylinder. Regenerative braking can save you far more by eliminating “brake jobs” over the life of the vehicle than fuel savings.


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