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We totally agree with you. The 2022 Ford Maverick Hybrid is cool. But do you really need a compact truck? The 2021 Ford Escape Hybrid is pretty similar, despite being an SUV. Plus, it’s much easier to get. 

Consider the 2021 Ford Escape Hybrid over the Ford Maverick 

A teal 2021 Ford Escape Driving on a highway in a very wooded area.
2021 Ford Escape | The Ford Motor Company

The 2022 Ford Maverick Hybrid is an appealing option with its low starting price of about $19,995. This is the MSRP, so the price is listed before destination fees, and dealership markups have been added. But still, it’s a great deal. 

But unlike the 2021 Ford Escape Hybrid, the Maverick has a very limited supply. Ford is only planning to send Hybrid models to dealerships to satisfy orders when stock arrives at dealerships around September. 

A larger supply isn’t expected to arrive at dealerships and showrooms until months later. But you can get the 2021 Ford Escape Hybrid, and it may even have a few advantages to consider. These vehicles also share some of the same parts. 

How does the Escape compare to the Maverick? 

Well, one potential drawback to consider is price. The 2021 Ford Escape Hybrid begins at about $28,030. It does cost thousands more than the ford Maverick, but it comes with a little more than the compact truck. 

For example, the Maverick Hybrid can’t be equipped with all-wheel drive. It may get AWD later, but for now, you can get the Escape Hybrid with AWD. This is a nice perk if you live in an area with inclement weather. 

The Maverick and Escape share the same platform and the same hybrid engine setup. So, for off-roading, there isn’t really an advantage with the Maverick yet. But a beefier off-roading model could arrive later. 

The 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine provides 191 hp and 155 lb-ft of torque in the 2022 Ford Maverick. But in the Escape, it delivers 200 hp and 155 lb-ft of torque. So, there’s a slight increase in power. The Maverick Hybrid can tow up to 2,000 lbs, and the Escape Hybrid can tow up to 1,500 lbs. 

So, there is a 500 lb difference, which could make a difference when it comes to towing small trailers and boats. But AWD with the Escape may come in handy for towing as well. 

Does the Escape or Maverick have better features? 

The 2022 Ford Maverick Lariat truck model with an orange paint color driving on a country highway
The 2022 Ford Maverick Lariat truck model | The Ford Motor Company

The 2022 Ford Maverick Hybrid and 2021 Ford Escape Hybrid have a similar fuel economy. The Maverick gets an EPA-estimated 40 mpg. The Escape gets an EPA-estimated 44 mpg in the city and 37 mpg on the highway. 

You can access up to 37.5 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seat of the Escape, with up to 65.4 cubic feet total. The Maverick has a cargo bed that’s about 4.5 feet long and a cargo capacity of 33.3 cubic feet. So, the Escape hybrid may offer more cargo space and more passenger space. 

Both the Maverick and Escape come with an 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The Escape also offers a 12.3-inch digital gauge display and a pop-up head-up display. 

Also, the Escape comes with standard blind-spot warning and rear-cross traffic alert. These features are optional with the Maverick. So, while the Maverick is excellent, the Escape is available now and may include a little more capability. 


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