The Ford Maverick has earned considerable praise from a number of organizations since its launch, scoring a Kelley Blue Book award for Best Compact Pickup Truck, as well as ranking as one of Consumer Reports‘ top 10 most satisfying vehicles and earning that company’s coveted recommended status. Now, that same consumer organization continues to lavish praise on the Ford Maverick after adding it to its list of the most fuel-efficient vehicles on sale today – joining the Ford Escape in that regard.
To compile this list, Consumer Reports looked at its own overall fuel economy results derived from testing, which is calculated based on equal parts city and highway driving using a precision flow meter and then rounded to the nearest mile per gallon. However, it is worth noting that this list doesn’t include plug-in hybrid vehicles, though each one on the list achieved at least 37 miles-per-gallon during testing.
The Ford Maverick Hybrid made the cut by returning 33 miles-per-gallon in the city, 39 on the highway, and 37 mpg combined during its test period, giving it an annual fuel cost of $1,315. The first-ever pickup to come standard with a hybrid powerplant, the Maverick impressed with its fuel-sipping results, and in fact, was the only non-crossover or sedan to make this particular list.
In addition to its thrifty nature, Consumer Reports also recognized the Ford Maverick for its smooth operation, quietness, lack of vibrations at low speeds, secure handling, and refined ride. On top of that, CR also noted that the pickup’s maneuverability, visibility, and access are “commendable,” its bed “practical,” and the controls “super easy” to use. Though it finished tenth on this particular list, the Maverick stands alone as the only pickup to make the cut, too.