Cars.com’s Best of 2021 winner, the Ford F-150 Limited hybrid, has taken on a variety of demands since we purchased it almost a year and a half ago: It’s tackled road trips, towed trailers and served as a generator for off-the-grid camping. Despite these competencies, the F-150 hasn’t delivered on all of its promises, as it continues to fall short in the fuel economy department. Since our last ownership update, we’ve driven approximately 4,170 miles for a total of over 23,000 miles on the odometer. The mileage itself isn’t the notable milestone, however; the F-150’s recent mpg achievement is what warrants attention.
In our last update in April, we were averaging a calculated 17.7 mpg, significantly lower than the F-150’s EPA-rated 24 mpg combined. After several months of clocking inferior mileage numbers, we finally exceeded the pickup’s estimated fuel economy in our recent testing:
“We surpassed our truck’s EPA-estimated combined fuel economy rating for the first time after owning it for more than a year and a half,” said Senior Road Test Editor, Mike Hanley. “Our truck is rated 24 mpg combined, and after a 133-mile trip, the truck’s trip computer indicated a 26.6 mpg fuel economy average. We added 5.2 gallons of gas at the end of the drive for a calculated fuel economy of 25.5 mpg. The 26.6 mpg trip-computer average was more than 4 mpg higher than our next-best 22.4 mpg reading, but the near-ideal driving conditions we experienced — a mix of flat suburban streets, rural roads and highways, where speeds ranged from 25 to 65 mph — likely contributed to the truck’s efficient performance.”