Hybrids & Electrics

Three Reasons to Avoid the Ford F-150 Hybrid

The 2021 Ford F-150 Hybrid truck is almost here, and it could be a risky truck to buy. While we’re still waiting for more information to be released about this truck, we did find a few reasons to avoid the Powerboost Ford F-150 Hybrid

Is the Ford F-150 Powerboost Hybrid worth buying? 

First, we will provide what information has been released about the 2021 Ford F-150 Hybrid. It’s named the Powerboost because it brings hybrid power to the EcoBoost 3.5-liter V6 engine. The engine will be paired with an electric motor that’s embedded in the 10-speed automatic transmission. 

A gray 2021 Ford F-150 Hybrid towing a boat
2021 Ford F-150 Hybrid | Ford

Ford hasn’t revealed how much power the hybrid powertrain will provide, but it’s expected to have 450 horsepower and 500 lb-ft of torque. Also, Ford suggests that the F-150 Hybrid will tow over 12,000 lb and have a range of 700 miles between fill-ups. However, these numbers have not been released, tested, or confirmed. 

1. The Electric Ford F-150 is coming 

Why buy the Ford F-150 Hybrid truck now, when we will see the fully electric Ford F-150 by 2,022? If you wait a little longer, you will have an even more powerful truck with a much better fuel economy and zero emissions. 

Sure, 450 horsepower is a lot in a full-size truck, but electric trucks are proving to be stronger. The Electric Ford F-150 Prototype was seen towing one million pounds on a railway. It’s also expected to have similar numbers to the electric Rivian R1T truck. 

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The Rivian R1T could provide up to 754 horsepower and 826 lb-ft of torque, which blows 450 horsepower out of the water. It also has a range of over 300 miles, so we’re hoping Ford can match that number or do better. 

2. Hybrid vehicles have expensive problems 

No truck comes perfectly without any issues, but some options are less risky than others, and hybrid vehicles have hybrid problems. Hybrid battery technology is still pretty new. It will be best to wait for reviews about the Ford F-150 Hybrid before making your decision. 

All-new F-150 Platinum Hybrid truck parked in front of house
All-new F-150 Platinum Hybrid

Some hybrid batteries need costly repairs and die sooner than expected. Then you have to pay to replace the hybrid battery. Working on hybrid vehicles is more complicated, so you have to go to a hybrid vehicle specialty shop unless Ford dealerships will provide hybrid technicians. 

Also, even though Hybrid vehicles require less maintenance than usual, the maintenance costs for oil changes, new air filters, and more are often more expensive. Plus, tax breaks and credits for hybrid vehicles are much less than the incentives included for getting an electric vehicle. 

3. Can you trust Ford? 

Ford rushed to put out this Hybrid F-150, now they are rushing to produce their electric F-150. The 2020 Ford F-150 received a low-reliability rating based on the costs of repairs needed, frequency of service required, and how severe the issues are. 

All-new 2021 Ford F-150 Lariat trim parked in dirt
All-new F-150 Lariat in Space White.

Plus, the 2020 Ford F-150 has had multiple recalls already this year. The issues include spare tire issues, blinding headlights that won’t go to low, wiring issues that lead to fire, and more. The new hybrid powertrain is too new to trust until people can test it for a while.