3 Ford SUVs Make US News’ List of Most Fuel-Efficient Hybrids

2021 Ford Explorer Hybrid | Tropical Ford Blog | Orlando, FL

When it comes to fuel-efficient hybrid vehicles, it’s hard to top Ford’s lineup. With an SUV like the Ford Explorer Hybrid, the Ford Escape Hybrid, or the Ford Escape PHEV at your disposal, you’ll spend less money on gas during a busy commute. U.S. News and World Report agrees, and recently added all three Ford hybrids to their list of the 12 Most Fuel-Efficient Hybrid and Plug-In Hybrid SUVs for 2021.

Topping the list was the all-new 2021 Ford Escape PHEV, which is set to hit the lot of Tropical Ford in the near future. U.S. News had this to say about the efficient SUV: “The Escape PHEV has an all-electric range of 37 miles, and it’s highly efficient whether you’re using gas or electric power.* With almost 40 miles of all-electric range on tap, many drivers won’t have to fill up the gas tank very often.”

Next on the list was the 2021 Ford Escape Hybrid, which earned an impressive USN Overall Score of 8.3/10. “Choosing the hybrid will save you about $300 per year over the base non-hybrid Escape,” says U.S. News.

Last but not least is the 2021 Ford Explorer Hybrid, which impressed U.S. News with its powerful engine and towing capability. According to the publication, opting for the hybrid version of the Explorer “will save you an average of $150 per year on fuel.”

If you’re looking to take your next daily drive to a whole new level, make the smart choice for your wallet and drive an efficient Ford hybrid. Schedule a test drive at Tropical Ford in Orlando, Florida, today.

*EPA-Estimated Ratings FWD (Actual mileage will vary)

Ford F-150 PowerBoost® Hybrid Powertrain

red 2020 Ford F-150 in a field | Tropical Ford Blog | Orlando, FL

Ford is constantly pushing the limits of what its powerful F-Series pickup trucks can do on the jobsite and on the trails, but its most recent innovation is one for the history books. The new 2021 Ford F-150 has something no other pickup in its class has: a full hybrid powertrain.

The 2021 Ford F-150 PowerBoost® Hybrid is the first-ever hybrid pickup commercially available in America, but don’t think the truck lacks power because of its more efficient engine. The 3.5-liter PowerBoost® Hybrid powertrain delivers the highest torque ever seen on the F-150, clocking in at a whopping 570 lb-ft of torque.

The F-150’s hybrid variant, which delivers 430 horsepower and can tow up to 12,700 pounds, was subjected to extreme durability and “torture testing” to ensure it was reliable for Ford customers. This extreme battery of assessments included a 3,500-foot climb over just 11.4 miles with a maxed-out 12,700-pound trailer capacity in the punishing heat of the Mojave Desert at a 6-percent grade.

Per the Chief Engineer for the Ford F-150, “Just because it’s a hybrid doesn’t mean we treated PowerBoost with kid gloves. We have one standard for quality and durability.”

The 2021 F-150 with PowerBoost® Hybrid Powertrain will be on sale soon at Tropical Ford in Orlando, so follow us to be the first to test drive the first-ever hybrid pickup.

Rumored Next-Gen Ford Ranger Plug-In Hybrid

2020 Ford Ranger | Tropical Ford in Orlando, FL

Many US automakers are gearing up to drastically increase the number of fuel-efficient vehicles on the road in the coming years, and Ford is no exception. According to recent rumors swirling throughout the Australian blogosphere, Ford is expected to revolutionize its pickup lineup by introducing a plug-in hybrid model.

CarExpert, an Australian automotive publication, reported in May 2020 that the upcoming next-generation Ford Ranger will likely launch for the 2022 model year with a four-cylinder 2.3-liter plug-in hybrid engine. The powertrain is expected to achieve an impressive fuel efficiency rating while delivering up to 362 horsepower and 502 lb-ft of torque.

Unfortunately, it might be too soon to buy a tacky “My Truck Gets Better MPG Than Your Sedan” bumper sticker. Recent rumors from the stateside publication Car and Driverregarding a plug-in hybrid model of the beloved Ford F-150 were retracted quickly, suggesting that Ford might not be pursuing a more eco-conscious pickup lineup after all. Notably, CarExpert was launched just two months before its May 2020 prediction of a 2022 Ranger PHEV, making it impossible to truly nail down the publication’s track record.

Even if the PHEV version of the next-gen Ranger does make it to Australia, that doesn’t necessarily mean it will be available at US dealerships. However, we boast a wide variety of fuel-efficient models like the Ford Escape Plug-In Hybrid alongside the rugged and capable gas-powered Ranger. Browse our inventory at Tropical Ford to find the perfect model for your lifestyle.

New Ford Mustang Hybrid Could Receive V8 Engine Option

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The iconic Mustang is the latest well-known model to get a hybrid variant, but it plans to leave preconceived notions of what a “hybrid” is in the past by delivering fast, fun thrills. Much about the new Ford Mustang Hybrid is still shrouded in secret, save for the brief glance of what might be the new car during the recent “Future is Built” commercial. Still, there is one place we can look for more information about what might be coming from Ford — the company’s patents.

Ford recently filed a patent for a hybrid vehicle twin motor system, in which twin electric motors would power the front wheels while a more traditional engine powers the rear wheels. Though not specified in the patent itself, the illustration that goes along with the patent depicts a V8 engine.

That’s where speculation around the aforementioned commercial comes in – if you pause the video at just the right moment, viewers get a glimpse of what’s under the hood, which looks suspiciously like the diagram in the patent.

Experts are wondering if more information on the new Ford Mustang Hybrid will come out on the muscle car’s 55th anniversary this April. Until then, only rumors and patents can give us any insight to what the 2020 hybrid variant will offer.

While the new hybrid Mustang isn’t released yet, check out the rest of the Ford lineup here at Tropical Ford.

What’s Happening with the Ford Mustang Hybrid?

Ford Mustang Hybrid | Tropical Ford BlogModern hybrids are often more powerful than their gasoline-only counterparts, thanks to the additional torque gained from the electric motors. This benefit is why Ford is planning to release a 2020 Ford Mustang Hybrid.

While we don’t know much about this planned Mustang hybrid, it is fun to imagine the power you could get from the combination of the 2.3-liter EcoBoost turbo, a 10-speed automatic transmission, and a pair of electric motors. With this powertrain blend, we will likely see an output of at least 400 horsepower and 400 lb-ft of torque.

It is possible that Ford will utilize the same hybrid technology it is planning for the next-generation Ford Focus RS. Industry reports indicate that the Focus RS Hybrid will use a 48-volt starter system that will boost its output to around 400 horsepower and cut about 0.4 seconds off of its current 0-60 mph time.

Along with its improved output, the Mustang Hybrid should see a boost in efficiency, too. While fuel economy isn’t expected to go up significantly, it should at least boast a better rating than the gasoline-only models.

Stop by Tropical Ford to find out more information about the upcoming 2020 Mustang Hybrid. You can also take your favorite Ford model for a test drive.

Ford Transit Plug-In Hybrid Van Provides Businesses with Clean and Efficient Option

sky-Ford Transit Plug-In Hybrid

Ford is making good on its promise to deliver affordable and highly capable electric vehicles (EVs) to drivers and businesses with the debut of the all-new Ford Transit Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV). The impressive and efficient commercial van debuted recently at the Cenex Low Carbon Vehicle 2017 event, and businesses looking for an affordable, efficient, and clean fleet vehicle are rightfully excited.

Slated to roll out in volume in 2019, the Ford Transit PHEV features an advanced hybrid system capable of emission-free driving for up to 31+ miles. The new Transit will also be equipped with the award-winning Ford EcoBoost 1.0-liter engine to extend its driving range.

With the release of the Transit PHEV, Ford will be the only automaker to offer such technology in a commercial van. The van will offer, for the first time, unbeatable fuel-efficiency for urban-operating businesses that rely on fleet vehicles for a variety of transit needs.

The new Transit PHEV signals that Ford is ready to remain a top automaker as electric vehicles become increasingly in-demand, which is great news for drivers, as they can continue to count on unstoppable Ford performance without sacrificing cutting-edge efficiency.

Come into Tropical Ford to learn more about the upcoming Ford Transit PHEV van and discover a better way for your business to get around.