The prices of gasoline, diesel, and electricity are some of the highest they have been in decades. We all want something that can save us money in the long run. What about a new Ford F-150 Hybrid? Can it save you money at the pump? Here is my 1-year review of the efficiency that I get when driving in the city, on the highway, and when towing several different trailers.
Ford F-150 Hybrid (PowerBoost)
The new 2022 F-150 Hybrid 4×4 has an official EPA rating of 23 MPG city, 23 MPG highway, and 23 MPG combined. My real-world experience has been different. As you can see in the video below, my truck shows an average of 21.3 MPG over the last 4,700+ miles of mixed driving. I took the truck on two long road trips over the last year (Denver to Albuquerque – and back). These round trips are about 1,000 miles each. The driving speed on these trips is usually near 70 MPH (large sections of the I-25 interstate have a 75 MPH speed limit, and some sections have a lower speed limit). I average around 21.5-21.7 MPG on these long road trips. At the end of the day, the F-150 is still a large pickup truck (that weighs about 5,700 lbs). Higher speeds significantly affect its highway fuel efficiency.
The story is completely different in stop-n-go city driving. This is where the F-150 Hybrid can really shine. It uses the regenerative braking of the electric motor and its 1.5 kWh battery to help the truck get significantly better efficiency. I have seen averages near 26 MPG after city driving.
There was once an extreme case when I got a reported 42.8 MPG in the truck after 70 miles of driving (see image below). I drove from the Loveland Ski Area at the top of the Rocky mountains down to my house near Denver, CO. The average speed was around 35 MPH. This trip gave me over 1-mile of elevation drop (from over 10,000 feet to around 5,000 feet). I was in stop-n-go mountain traffic on I-70 almost the entire way. The truck was fully loaded with the family and ski gear. Lots of electric-only miles during this trip helped boost the overall efficiency.
In more normal city driving, I usually see 10-15% of my trips driven on electricity. If you drive the F-150 Hybrid in heavier traffic and slower speeds – it can help you be much more efficient.
When you watch my video review, you will see that I averaged about 13.0 MPG with towing trailers that weigh between 6,000 – 8,100 lbs. I think that this is a very respectable result for a full-size half-ton 4×4 pickup truck.
I purchased this 2021 Ford F-1509 Hybrid in February 2021 for around $51,000. The 3.5-liter twin-turbo Hybrid V6 is a premium power plant. It added $4,995 to the price of my truck. Considering how powerful and quick it is, and that it is efficient in city driving and towing a trailer – I do not regret my purchase. I would do it again.
If majority of your driving includes high-speed highway driving, then the F-150 Hybrid does not make much sense. You may as well go with a less expensive 2.7-liter twin-turbo V6 F-150.
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