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Ford PowerBoost Hybrid vs. Toyota Hybrid vs. Ram Mild Hybrid: Compared

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 Hybrid vs. Toyota Hybrid vs. Ram Mild Hybrid
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
Displacement 3.5L 3.4L 3.6L 5.7L
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.

We’ll have more on the PowerBoost hybrid soon, so be sure and subscribe to Ford Authority for the latest Ford F-Series news, Ford F-150 news, and continuous 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. Adrian Nixon

    I heard on the grapevine that the Ford Explorers ironed out a few kinks, the ignition key problem, the drive shaft problem, the cruise control problem, is that why they made the Territory?, and even that done left rear axle bearings,
    The following Everest is the new version of the predecessor and looks fairly similar to a Toyota Fortune, which I’d probably pick over it as it has better lights and styling, what about the Ford AU, rear main seals, head gaskets, welsh plugs, over heatin, coolant bottle sensors, throttle body sensors, $hit shape and a glorified heap of $hit…the thing was but ugly it still is when I see it drive down the road, but the latest one finally shapewise and looks isn’t bad and then there’s the motor…..supposed to be pretty good I’m still seeing plenty boxes of $hit though, BA falcons and etc sign of the times I guess I’m riding a new Holden push Bike custom made and painted meself when I get the chance, that mustang release time adding further insult to injury, like if it isn’t bad enough that we and the Australian divisions didn’t hold onto the $hit America reminded us where it originated from 👍, Thanks America I still love ya’s though as you did the same thing with GM…….. is it too much to ask to get one simple bonefided car manufacturer that we can call our own that’s not Australian Divisionised and isn’t sold of but made to export Koala motors a big koala on the grill, we made it we sell the b*stard, I mean one manufacturer out of over what approx 60 imported isn’t half bad is it and that’s not counting the trucks…one of ours made sold there and in other countries instead of putting together other peoples $hit for over 100 plus years, I mean what do the people of Australia do next polish our surfboards and pull our puds for the next ten years?..

  2. Duane

    I upgraded to a Powerboost over my 2014 Ecoboost. I absolutely love this truck. More power, better mileage and fun to get the best mileage that I can. My wife has a 2013 Fusion energy. Great car and the main reason for buying the Powerboost.


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