Here’s The Cheapest Full-Size Hybrid Pickup Truck on the Market
The era of the hybrid truck is upon us. If you dream of a 2023 hybrid truck, you have several options. But the Ram 1500’s eTorque is technically just a “mild hybrid” system. And while the Ford Maverick is very efficient, it’s a compact pickup truck. The only two full-size, all-hybrid pickup trucks are the Ford F-150 PowerBoost and Toyota Tundra i-FORCE MAX. Since Toyota only offers its hybrid powertrain on midsize trucks, you can’t get one for less than $54,915. On the other hand, the entry-level Ford F-150 XL PowerBoost starts at $47,675.
The cheapest Toyota Tundra Hybrid is $54,915
Ordering a Toyota Tundra Hybrid is a bit complicated. That’s because it wasn’t offered on the Tundra SR work truck, or even the entry-level Tundra SR5. If you want to order a Tundra hybrid, you’ll have to start with the Limited Edition.
It does things a little differently with the F-150’s first hybrid powertrain. You can actually order the PowerBoost engine upgrade on any F-150 trim level, which we definitely agree with. This option may target work truck buyers interested in class-leading PowerBoost onboard power outlets.
Like the Tundra, only the large-cab F-150 (Ford SuperCrew) is available as a hybrid. Ford still offers the F-150 XL two-door (Regular Cab). Ford lists the regular cab 2023 XL at $33,695, but the SuperCrew configuration will set you back at least $40,640.
The regular F-150 XL comes with Ford’s naturally aspirated 3.3-liter V6. Ford actually has a different plug-in charge for the PowerBoost hybrid depending on the model. So if you’re hitting the F-150 King Ranch, adding the PowerBoost will only cost you $2,500. If you’re buying an F-150 Lariat, you’ll only pay $3,300 more for the PowerBoost. But for XL and XLT buyers, Ford is actually tackling an extra $4,495 for the hybrid.
All told, for the 2023 Ford F-150 XL with PowerBoost, Ford is currently reporting an MSRP of $47,675. That’s a little lower than the Tundra, but we wish Ford would just squeeze XL buyers with the same extra freight as King Ranch buyers.
Is a hybrid truck worth the money?
Obviously, the cheapest Toyota Tundra hybrid is a bigger investment than the cheapest Ford F-150 hybrid. Are either of them a smart buy?
Andre Smirnov from TFL Truck bought a Ford F-150 XL PowerBoost to drive daily. One year later, he concluded that not every PowerBoost buyer would get their investment back. That’s because PowerBoost doesn’t do much to improve the F-150’s highway MPG. What it improves is the truck’s efficiency during choppy driving.
Then, watch PowerBoost’s MPG and find out, or see Smirnoff’s thoughts on investing in a full-size hybrid truck in the video below: