The Ford PowerBoost hybrid launched on the 2021 Ford F-150 and has since garnered plenty of critical acclaim while also attracting a large number of owners from other brands. In fact, the F-150 equipped with the Ford PowerBoost hybrid remains one of the most considered electrified vehicles on the market today, thanks in large part to the fact that it’s more powerful than its gas-only alternatives, as well as more fuel-efficient. However, it also has a couple of relatively new competitors in the form of the 2022 Toyota Tundra and its i-Force Max hybrid and the Ram with its mild hybrid powertrain options, so it’s worth taking a closer look at how these pickups stack up against each other while also following up on our diesel/hybrid comparison from last month.
|Ford PowerBoost||Toyota i-Force Max||Ram Pentastar||Ram Hemi|
|Vehicles||2022 Ford F-150||2022 Toyota Tundra||2022 Ram 1500||2022 Ram 1500|
|Engine Type||Hybrid V6||Hybrid V6||eTorque mild hybrid V6||eTorque mild hybrid V8|
|Aspiration||Twin-turbocharged||Twin-turbocharged||Naturally Aspirated||Naturally Aspirated|
|Fuel Type||Regular gasoline||Regular gasoline||Regular gasoline||Midgrade|
|Horsepower (hp @ rpm)||430 @ 6,000||437 @ 5,200||305 @ 6,400||395 @ 5,600|
|Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)||570 @ 3,000||583 @ 2,400||269 @ 4,800||410 @ 3,950|
|City Fuel Economy RWD/4WD (mpg)||25/23||20/19||20/19||18/18|
|Highway Fuel Economy RWD/4WD (mpg)||25/23||24/22||25/24||23/22|
|Combined Fuel Economy RWD/4WD (mpg)||25/23||22/20||22/21||20/19|
|Max Payload Capacity (pounds)||2,120||1,665||2,300||1,800|
|Max Towing Capacity (pounds)||12,700||11,450||6,640||12,750|
The twin-turbocharged Ford 3.5L V6 PowerBoost engine produces 430 horsepower and 570 pound-feet of torque, healthy numbers indeed, but just a touch behind the newer Toyota twin-turbo 3.4L V6 i-Force hybrid, which cranks out 437 horsepower and 583 pound-feet of torque. However, the hybrid F-150 outshines the Tundra in fuel economy – by three combined miles-per-gallon, regardless of drive configuration, as well as in terms of max payload and towing capacity.
Then there are the naturally-aspirated Ram mild hybrid models, which fall a bit behind the newer Ford and Toyota offerings, for the most part. First up, we have the 3.6L V6, which produces a mere 305 horsepower and 269 pound-feet of torque, which bests the Tundra in terms of city fuel economy by one mile-per-gallon, but falls behind the F-150 in that regard. Max payload capacity actually beats out all of the competition, but the V6 can only tow half of what its competition is capable of.
The 5.7L V8, on the other hand, makes a healthier 395 horsepower and 410 pound-feet of torque, but gets the worst fuel economy of the group and comes second-to-last – just ahead of the Tundra – in terms of max payload. It does manage to edge out the F-150 PowerBoost by 50 pounds and take top honors for max towing capacity, however.
Regardless, Ram’s mild hybrid powerplants have been around for a few years now, but this comparison shows that they’re already getting a bit long in the tooth. In this day and age of electrification, competitors are quickly one-upping each other, as we can see with both the F-150 PowerBoost and Tundra hybrid models.