The automotive industry is changing with new electric vehicles. Basically, the most established manufacturers are looking to introduce an all-electric model as soon as possible. However, it seems like no one is talking about hybrids. They are still here, and more importantly, hybrid models are awesome.
And while the carmakers are usually offering hybrid crossovers and SUVs, some of them are also offering hybrid pickup trucks. The United States is the biggest truck market in the world. In the following months, we should expect four mid-size hybrid pickups and three full-size models. Without further ado, we are introducing the best hybrid pickup trucks in the US market for 2023.
2023 Hyundai Santa Cruz
The upcoming 2023 Hyundai Santa Cruz is an incredible model that comes with compact dimensions and a very affordable price. Yes, Santa Cruz is a pickup truck, although some people are still not convinced. Anyway, this model sits on the unibody construction and is based on the Tucson crossover SUV. Interestingly, Santa Cruz offers two powertrain choices and none of them is a hybrid. However, the 2023MY will introduce a hybrid powertrain, without any doubt.
After all, the Tucson model already offers both mild hybrid and plug-in hybrid versions. This small pickup is already providing good fuel economy ratings. However, a new hybrid powertrain will provide even better ratings, along with more power. For such an affordable model, Santa Cruz also delivers a very modern interior design and it looks surprisingly handsome. Some rumors are already predicting the Santa Cruz N high-performance version, although this is far from official.
Read more about 2023 Hyundai Santa Cruz HERE
2023 Ford Maverick Hybrid
The compact 2023 Ford Maverick Hybrid is perhaps the most popular model on the list. Interestingly, this model is brand-new and it gained instant popularity. This comes as no surprise as the Maverick pickup truck starts at only $20,000. The Maverick is a well-known nameplate, dating all the way to the 70s. Now, Blue Oval revived the nameplate and Maverick comes in a pickup truck form with hybrid power. It slots below the mid-size Ranger truck and the Maverick will directly rival the Hyundai Santa Cruz model.
Another interesting fact is that the hybrid engine comes as standard, while the turbo-three gasoline engine comes as an option. Blue Oval decided to combine a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine with an electric motor. The result is impressive, as the Maverick model gets 42 mpg in the city and 33 mpg on the highway. On top of that, a compact pickup truck generates 191 horsepower. Affordable price, incredible efficiency, and very modern design are just some of the reasons why you should buy a new Ford Maverick.
Read ours full review of the 2023 Ford Maverick HERE
2023 Honda Ridgeline Hybrid
If you really like Honda and you want a cargo bed, the 2023 Honda Ridgeline Hybrid is the only option you have at the moment. But this model is not about the cargo bad, as it has so much to offer. The Ridgeline pickup truck is a very reliable model with a proven V6 engine. On the other hand, Honda Ridgeline comes without an optional diesel engine and without an off-road variant. However, this model will introduce a hybrid powertrain in 2023. This is a good way to improve the truck’s power, acceleration, and efficiency.
The regular 3.5-liter V6 gasoline engine delivers 280 horsepower and 265 lb-ft of torque. Now, the electric motor will help this model to develop up to 300 hp and a torque of almost 300 lb-ft. Still, this is a mild-hybrid setup, although the plug-in hybrid version is also a possibility. Besides that, this truck will introduce a new front fascia and a very spacious interior. The price for the hybrid variant should start at $40,000 or slightly below that.
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2023 Mitsubishi Triton Plug-In Hybrid
The next 2023 Mitsubishi Triton pickup truck will also provide a plug-in hybrid powertrain. This new model will share a lot of things with the Nissan Navara. The credit goes to a recent tie-up between Mitsubishi and Nissan, which should reduce the development cost. Anyway, the Triton model will still offer a popular diesel engine. However, a plug-in hybrid powertrain will also arrive, for those countries where the emission standards are strict. On top of that, Mitsubishi already has experience in developing impressive hybrid models, such as Eclipse Cross and Outlander SUVs.
Now, the Triton truck is getting a similar or the same hybrid setup. Reportedly, the new model will provide a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine in a combination with a twin-electric motor configuration. This output will deliver an additional 100 hp and around 100 lb-ft of torque. Thanks to that, Triton will largely benefit from this PHEV setup and a larger 13.8 kWh lithium-ion battery pack. We also expect to see some radical changes in terms of styling, which is another plus for the popular Triton model.
Find out more about 2023 Mitsubishi Triton Hybrid model HERE
2023 Toyota Tundra Hybrid Max
The full-size Tundra truck introduced its first-ever hybrid powertrain. The 2023 Toyota Tundra Hybrid Max model is impressive in many ways. Toyota introduced a redesign, along with loads of new high-tech features. The third generation is here’ but it will have a lot of reliable competitors from Ram, Ford, and Chevrolet. The i-FORCE Max system delivers more power than the Tundra’s traditional combustion engine. Toyota recently introduced a 3.4-liter hybrid powertrain.
It can produce 437 horses and up to 583 lb-ft of torque. Moreover, the hybrid unit is standard on the TRD Pro trim level. Generally, you can have this option on all trim levels except the SR and SR5 variants. As you can see, Tundra Hybrid is a great improvement over the regular 5.7-liter V8 engine with 381 hp and 401 lb-ft of torque. In 2023, Toyota will focus on improving the mpg ratings. The current i-Force MAX provides 25 miles per gallon, which is great for a full-size truck.
The 2023 Toyota Tundra Hybrid Max Review is HERE
2023 Ford F-150 PowerBoost Hybrid
Another full-size model with impressive capabilities is the 2023 Ford F-150 PowerBoost Hybrid truck. This version pairs a 3.5-liter V6 twin-turbo with a 47-hp electric motor. Right now, it is the highest output that you can get in the F-150 lineup. Of course, the all-electric Lightning model will provide more power, once it arrives. As for the PowerBoost Hybrid, this variant will produce 430 horses and 570 lb-ft of torque.
A 1.5-kWh lithium-ion battery pack comes as standard, just like the 10-speed automatic transmission. Furthermore, this truck provides 12,700 pounds of towing capability and 2,120 pounds of hauling capacity. In terms of design, we expect mild cosmetic upgrades and interior updates. The current generation is relatively new, so everything about this truck is up to date. Lastly, the current F-150 PowerBoost Hybrid model provides 24 mpg combined, so a small improvement could be on the cards.
HERE is ours 2023 Ford F-150 PowerBoost Hybrid review
2023 Ram 1500 Hybrid
The last model on this list is the new 2023 Ram 1500 Hybrid. This model is slightly different than the other models on the list. This truck comes with a mild-hybrid system exclusively. The e-Torque technology is used by the Ram 1500 and numerous Jeep models. However, this isn’t a perfect setup because the whole system is a lot simpler and less expensive. Anyway, there is always room for improvement. The Ram 1500 offers V6 and V8 gasoline engines.
Both units are coming with a smooth eight-speed automatic transmission. Moreover, both units can be had with a 48-volt hybrid system. Thanks to that, the complete Ram 1500 lineup delivers has different mpg rating. The EPA estimates the most efficient hybrid variant gets 20 miles per gallon in the city and 26 miles per gallon on the highway. On the other hand, the V8 engine provides 17/23 mpg. Overall, the Ram 1500 Hybrid is still among the best possible choices, although we think there are a couple of better options. On the other hand, no one can match the interior of this iconic pickup truck.
The 2023 Ram 1500 Hybrid review is HERE