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Hybrids are nearly standard fare these days. Between the rising cost of fuel and the tremendous advances in electric car technology, every automaker now offers something that uses battery power. While full EVs are still a little in limbo, the hybrid market is booming. Hybrid power brings more efficiency and sometimes even more performance to models we already know and love. Despite the advantages, many hybrid pickup trucks and SUVs come with a steep premium. So, which ones will save you the most money by offering the best gas mileage? 

A 2023 Ford Maverick XL shows of some of its best features.
Ford Maverick XL | Ford

Which hybrid pickup truck has the best gas mileage?

Consumer Reports listed some of the best hybrid vehicles, and while the majority of them were SUVs, one special pickup truck stood out in the list. 

The Ford Maverick is not only the cheapest pickup truck on the market (MSRP $22,595) to buy, but it’s also one of the cheapest to own, thanks to it having the best gas mileage. Unlike most other hybrids, the Ford Maverick is the first pickup truck to come from the factory with a hybrid powerplant as standard equipment. That means the pickup truck with the gas mileage doesn’t come with a premium. 

The base trim powertrain makes 191 hp from Ford’s hybrid four-cylinder linked to a CVT and front-wheel drive. It can move on electric power at low speeds and can net 37 mpg overall. The trade-off is the Ford Maverick’s teeny size. This isn’t a bad thing; in fact, for many people, a small truck is more appealing. 

Which hybrid SUV gets the best gas mileage?

The 2023 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid the hybrid SUV with the best gas mileage.
2023 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid | Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc.

If saving money is part of the purpose of buying a hybrid (I know, caring for the planet is important, too), then most PHEV models put most buyers out due to the steep barrier to entry. With that in mind, the 2023 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid brings down the best gas mileage without breaking the bank. The Toyota RAV4 starts at $27,975 and gets 37 mpg overall. 

Aside from just the RAV4’s gas mileage, Toyota’s little crossover also boasts a quiet ride. Don’t let the quietness fool you; the 2023 RAV4’s hybrid powerplant is a zippy little four-pot. One of the most exciting things about hybrid SUVs and pickup trucks is that they benefit from snappy acceleration without a giant gas-guzzling engine

However, Consumer Reports notes that the RAV4’s ride can get slightly bouncy on rough pavement. The upside of that is a sportier style of handling. Overall, the 2023 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid is one of the best hybrid SUVs on the market. 

Which is the right hybrid for you?

The 2023 Ford Maverick has been named one of Consumer Reports' Top Ten Picks for 2023.
2023 Ford Maverick Tremor | Ford

As with all car advice, the smartest way to go will always be to buy the vehicle you can afford that best suits your lifestyle. The 2023 Ford Maverick and the 2023 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid are utilitarian vehicles that will work for a wide range of buyers. SUVs and trucks with good gas mileage, AWD, and an affordable starting price is always a good place to start looking for your next vehicle.