Ford’s Hybrid Vehicles Combine Efficiency and Power

The Ford lineup is an amazing selection of vehicles, so much so that it’s easy to overlook something simply because you have so many options. If you’re looking for a hybrid vehicle, you should head to your favorite Ford dealer near Keene to help you find the perfect model—like the amazing team at Faith’s Ford.


Ford gives you a few amazing hybrid options, including one of the most popular SUVs on the road and two trucks with powertrains delivering exceptional range and performance. We know that some folks still think of hybrid vehicles as underpowered options that put efficiency above everything else, but that’s not the case these days. Let’s take a look at what kinds of hybrid vehicles you can find and what you need to know about the amazing Ford hybrids that are perfect for getting around Keene.


Different Types of Hybrid Powertrains


Before we dig into the specific Ford models that are available, we need to take a moment to discuss the two types of hybrid engines that you’ll find (not only from Ford but in general). A standard hybrid system features a conventional gas-powered engine like you’d find in any other vehicle, which also has a battery-powered motor as part of the powertrain. This motor provides additional power to the vehicle, which lets the gas engine run with greater efficiency or use more of its power to improve performance (or a bit of both).


In contrast, a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) features a similar plug-in hybrid power system that has one major difference: you can charge the battery for the electric motor by plugging the vehicle into an external power source. Standard hybrids use things like regenerative braking to keep the battery charged; with a plug-in hybrid, you charge the battery by plugging it into an outlet at home or at a public charging station. PHEVs can potentially get better efficiency than other hybrids and, more importantly, offer a limited electric-only range that lets you drive a short distance while using no gas.


The 2024 Ford Escape Hybrid


The first of two hybrid versions of the Ford Escape, the Escape Hybrid is a compact SUV that is a fantastic choice for a wide range of drivers. If you’re looking for a small vehicle with two rows of seats inside for up to five passengers, this is a great one to focus on. This is a 2.5L I-4 engine that’s paired with a motor to deliver a combined 192 hp—compared to the standard engine on the Escape that offers 180 hp, we can see this is boosted performance. The standard 1.5L engine gets an estimated 27 MPG in the city, 34 MPG on the highway, and a combined 30 MPG for fuel economy. By comparison, the hybrid engine gets an estimated 42 MPG in the city, 36 MPG on the highway, and a combined 39 MPG of fuel efficiency.


These numbers show that the Escape Hybrid gives us impressive power and remarkable gas mileage, beautifully illustrating how hybrid powertrains perform these days. What’s more impressive is that while choosing a model with all-wheel drive reduces the fuel efficiency of the standard engine slightly (particularly on the highway), it has no negative impact on the gas mileage you get with the hybrid engine. So, however, you want to configure your Ford Escape, you end up with a vehicle that’s fun to drive around Keene and incredibly efficient.



A red 2023 Ford Escape ST-Line is shown from the side.

The 2024 Ford Escape PHEV


If you were intrigued when we explored what a PHEV offers earlier, then the Ford Escape PHEV is one to take a good look at. This is the only PHEV currently available in the Ford lineup, and it gives you the great features of the Escape along with impressive performance. Here, we have a 2.5L I-4 engine that delivers 210 hp, providing even greater power than the standard or hybrid engines. What’s truly remarkable, however, is that the Ford Escape PHEV gets an estimated 101 combined MPGe, plus an estimated 37 miles of range with a full charge without using any gas.


The Ford Escape PHEV also happens to have great features inside and out, such as LED signature lighting and LED fog lamps, plus dual chrome exhaust tips and a power rear liftgate. Inside, you’ll find terrific features such as a 13.2-inch infotainment display joined by an 8-inch color Instrument Cluster screen—a larger 12.3-inch Full Digital Instrument Cluster is available. You get a standard six-speaker sound system in the Escape PHEV, with a 10-speaker B&O sound system available; plus, you can get a head-up display, wireless charging pad, and more options to elevate your drive even further.


The 2024 Ford Maverick Hybrid


If you’re interested in a truck rather than an SUV, Ford has you covered with two terrific options, starting with the Maverick. The Ford Maverick is a truck that we’re incredibly excited about in general; the fact that it has a hybrid engine available simply takes it to another level. This compact pickup is the perfect option if you’re looking for a truck to enjoy when driving around Keene, but you don’t need something too big. Its available hybrid system features a 2.5L engine that delivers 191 hp while getting an estimated 42 MPG in the city and 33 MPG on the highway. This is incredible efficiency for a truck, even a compact model.


Inside, you’ll find great features like an 8-inch infotainment display, plus you get a 54-inch bed that you can load up with everything you need to bring with you. The Maverick Hybrid has a payload rating of up to 1,500 lbs and can handle up to 2,000 lbs of towing to help you haul what you need. While that might not compete with something like the Ford F-150, it’s impressive capability for a small truck like this.



a red 2024 Ford F-150 Lariat is shown from the front at an angle.


The 2024 Ford F-150 Hybrid


Speaking of the Ford F-150, here we have an example of what a hybrid engine can do when utilized to boost performance rather than just efficiency. The standard engine in the Ford F-150 these days is a 2.7L Turbo V6 that offers 325 hp and 400 lb-ft of torque. If you want exceptional power, then there’s an available 3.5L PowerBoost Turbo V6 hybrid engine that delivers 430 hp and an incredible 570 lb-ft of torque. Ford’s engineers have utilized its hybrid power system to amplify its already great performance and elevate this incredible full-size truck.


With its hybrid engine, all of this muscle lets the F-150 pull 11,000 lbs of weight behind it—or even more when properly equipped. That means you get an incredible powertrain that can handle just about anything you throw at it, which is why we love this truck and engine so much. Best of all, every F-150 with the hybrid engine comes with Pro Power Onboard, which lets you use your truck to power external appliances and devices. When combined with other standard and available features, the F-150 becomes the ultimate daily driver, mobile office, or anything else you need it to be.


Experience Ford Hybrid Performance for Yourself


As you can see, Ford offers a number of terrific hybrid vehicles that are perfect for driving around Keene; the right one for you simply depends on what you need from your ride. Whether you’re looking for a small and sporty SUV for zipping around town with your family, or you need a powerful work truck to help you get your job done, Ford has you covered. All you have to do now is decide which features and options are best for you—don’t worry, though, because our friends at Faith’s Ford are happy to help you with that if you’re unsure what you need. No matter what you’re looking for in your next truck or SUV, Ford has you covered with an amazing selection of models designed for drivers who want the best in their vehicles.

February 16, 2024
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