4 Ford Models You Didn’t Know Are Available as Hybrids | Rare Techy
Ford is moving quickly to electrify its fleet. New Ford EVs include the F-150 Lightning and the Mustang Mach-E. But Ford didn’t just get into EVs without producing hybrids. In fact, there are several popular Ford models that you might be surprised to see as hybrid variants.
1. Ford Escape Hybrid
If you like the Ford Escape, you can try the Ford Escape Hybrid or Plug-in Hybrid. The SUVs come with a naturally aspirated 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine, a CVT automatic transmission, and a single engine that produces 200 hp.
The base model starts at $27,500, and while current fuel economy numbers aren’t available on Ford’s website, the U.S. Department of Energy (DoE) notes that the 2022 Escape Hybrid is rated at 44/37 mpg city/highway.
The 2023 hybrid version includes the same attractive features that make the regular Escape a compelling proposition. Just steer clear of the base model S, which only has a 4.2-inch infotainment screen and radio. Step up a trim level and you get an 8.0-inch display integrated with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, among other features.
Every trim comes with Co-Pilot 360, Ford’s suite of advanced safety systems that includes automatic emergency braking with forward collision warning, lane keep assist, lane departure warning, rear cross traffic alert and blind spot monitoring.
And for those looking for a PHEV, Ford also offers the Escape PHEV, which starts at $38,500, makes up to 221 hp, and gets 105 mpg combined.
2. Ford Explorer Hybrid
The popular Ford Explorer also gets the hybrid treatment, with a 3.3-liter naturally aspirated V-6 available on all trims. Mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission, the Ford Explorer Hybrid produces 318 hp and 322 lb-ft of torque. 2023 numbers aren’t available yet, but the DoE rates the 2022 model at 27/28 mpg city/highway, respectively.
The Explorer Hybrid rides on 18-inch wheels and is equipped with RWD, although all-wheel drive is also available. And if you choose the base model, the MSRP for this seven-seat SUV starts at $36,760. Inside, you’ll find 18.2 cubic feet behind the third row, 47.9 cubic feet when you fold down the rear row, and 87.8 when you fold down both the second and third rows.
The Explorer Hybrid comes with tri-zone automatic climate control, a six-speaker audio system, a 4.2-inch digital instrument cluster, a 10.1-inch touchscreen, Wi-Fi hotspot and Android Auto / Apple CarPlay compatibility. Co-Pilot 360 is also standard here with a parking assist rearview camera and rear parking sensors.
3. Ford F-150 Hybrid
While the Ford F-150 Lightning is currently seeing its fair share of press, the F-150 is also available in a hybrid version. The Ford F-150 starts at $33,695. And you can choose the 3.5-liter PowerBoost Full Hybrid V-6 engine in any F-150 trim, including the base XL model.
With this hybrid option, you get 430 hp and 570 lb-ft of torque, and a DoE rating of 25 mpg city and highway for the 2022 version. RWD is standard and 4WD is optional. But if you choose this option, your fuel economy will drop by two mpg in the city and on the highway.
Still, those numbers are better than the regular gas-powered version, which only achieves 14-18 / 12-24 mpg city/highway depending on transmission choice.
In addition to the five non-hybrid powertrain options, you also get three cab options and three bed configurations. Depending on powertrain, cab, bed, and drive options, you can haul up to seven tons with the Ford F-150. It also has solid technology and safety technology similar to the Escape and Explorer features.
4. Ford Maverick
If you’re looking for a less expensive truck than the F-150, the 2023 Ford Maverick with a hybrid option is also a solid deal. The Ford Maverick starts at $22,195 and has better fuel economy than the F-150. DoE notes that the hybrid variant achieves 42 mpg in the city and 33 mpg on the highway, which is sure to save you money in the long run.
Like other Ford models, the Maverick has several powertrain options. Its hybrid powertrain combines a 1.1 kWh battery with a single motor and a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine. This option is paired with an automatic CVT and FWD. A towing package is also available, helping the Maverick tow up to two tons.
As with the F-150, the Maverick’s technical setup is similar to that of the Escape and Explorer. There’s an 8.0-inch touchscreen that’s compatible with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, and a Wi-Fi hotspot that supports up to 10 separate devices. And CoPilot 360 is also standard.
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