According to Ford man Mike Levine.
The Ford Maverick has been blowing up the internet with its cool styling and promises of massive value and great fuel economy, and they have finally started rolling into dealerships. Earlier this month we discovered the official fuel consumption figures of the EcoBoost 2.0L AWD which came in at an impressive 22/29/25 mpg city/highway/combined, but the most frugal by far will be the 2.5-liter four-cylinder hybrid version. The EPA is yet to reveal the official figures for this frugal little truck, but but as Ford North America Product Communications director Mike Levine recently showed us, this vehicle is going to be a serious fuel saver, and if the numbers are to be believed, Ford is going to have a hard time keeping up with demand.
Levine recently completed a 50-mile trip in the Maverick Hybrid in which 25 miles were completed on electric power alone. The end result of the trip was a fuel consumption figure of a staggering 50 mpg. Ford has given estimates of around 40 mph for the hybrid, and it will be interesting to see where the EPA pegs this truck's numbers, but Ford has been known to downplay its vehicle's fuel-sipping abilities. The 2.5-liter four-cylinder gas engine and electric motor combo in the hybrid produce 191 horsepower and 155 lb-ft which may not sound like much, but you'll still be able to tow 2,000 pounds and carry a payload of 1,500 pounds.
The 2.0-liter EcoBoost engine delivers a much more potent 250 hp and 277 lb-ft and in front-wheel-drive configuration can deliver up to 23/30/26 mpg. The Ford Maverick's main rival, the Hyundai Santa Cruz is not only more expensive, but offers significantly worse gas mileage. The AWD turbo model will manage just 19/27/22 mpg, while the most frugal of the lot, the 2.5-liter naturally aspirated FWD car, will achieve 21/26/23 mpg. We're keeping a close eye on those official figures from the EPA, but if Levine's little trip is anything to go by, the Maverick Hybrid is going to be one seriously frugal car.