Does this new 2021 Ford F-150 Hybrid truck have “Eco” and “Boost”? Can it really be quicker than any stock Ford Raptor we have ever tested? I take it on a combined city and highway MPG driving loop and run a 0-60 MPH test. Does this truck combine both economy and speed? Let’s find out.
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Ford calls this new F-150 the PowerBoost. It’s a gas/electric full hybrid powertrain that combines a 3.5-liter twin-turbo V6 EcoBoost engine and an electric motor that is built into the 10-speed automatic transmission. The “full” hybrid refers to the fact that it’s able to move on either solely electric power, gas power, or combined gas/electric power. Of course, it cannot go very far or accelerate very quickly on electric power alone. The combined power rating is 430 hp and 570 lb-ft of torque.
Of course, the PowerBoost option is also one of the most expensive engine options for the F-150. By itself, it costs an additional $4,495 over the base 3.3L gas V6 engine. In the end, this crew cab 4×4 FX4 XL truck with a towing package and a couple of other options has a sticker price that is approaching $52,000.
The EPA rates the F-150 Hybrid 4×4 trucks at 24 mpg city, 24 mpg highway, and 24 mpg combined. The combined efficiency rating matches that of the F-150 Diesel. Although, the Hybrid should manage a much better in-town, stop and go traffic efficiency.
I drive the truck on a 55-mile combined city/highway driving loop and check the efficiency at the pump. I am using premium 91-octane fuel during this test for best performance, although the engine generally requires 87-octane fuel. The mpg result is disappointing because the truck’s trip computer is way off. The computer is showing 26.5 mpg, while I calculate 22.5 MPG based on the gallons used at the pump. Still, anything between 22.5 – 26.5 MPG for a large crew cab 4×4 full-size truck is a good result on a combined driving loop.
This truck is indeed shockingly quick! I put it into ‘Sport’ mode with 4Hi engaged for maximum traction. This 5,600-pound truck knocks out a 5.61-second 0-60 MPH acceleration at 1-mile above sea level! Yes, this is indeed quicker than any stock Ford Raptor, any stock V8, or any stock turbo-diesel V8 truck we have ever tested here in Colorado over the last 8 years.