Sweet! Another Oregon hybrid!
I've had mine since late January '22, and I am very pleased. Most of my driving is in Eugene, and off on secondary roads: I hit 40+mpg for most of my driving.
You mileage will get better as the truck learns about you. Enjoy!
Nice photos, and that looks like a fun trip!
My experience shows a dramatic drop in MPG when you are pushing into 75-80 mph. The truck is a brick, after all! That being said, the hybrid truck is quite happy to keep up with the faster traffic, and still get 30+ MPG.
Earlier this year, I took a long road trip that took in some improved dirt roads, and the Hybrid on stock Continentals handled just fine:
I've also been on forest...
I took my hybrid on 2800+ mile roadtrip in the spring when the truck was only 1500 miles old. I didn't run into any problems on the whole trip, except disappointing mileage trying to do 80 mph into a heavy headwind across parts of Nevada.
Enjoy your trip! But keep your cellphone charged?
I had some coolant smells in the cab after some driving in the hills: this was still in the 'break-in' period. Took it in to the dealer and they took a close look, didn't find anything.
2K more miles, and it hasn't happened since!
Hopefully, it's a break-in glitch, and all is good!
I don't have the truck hooked up to any services, if that is what you are asking.
As for my phone plan, T-Mobile had me covered in most places, but when I got off the major roads, any signal evaporated. Plan accordingly!
Since this was the first time on unimproved roads, I made sure that I had friends along in a second vehicle. And, it wasn't that far off the beaten path! We could have walked out, if needed. Both vehicles carried extra fuel/water/food/toilet paper, just in case.
But, I will be more confident...
Another factor is air conditioning: Your profile indicates Arizona, you will probably be using that all the time!
If you are doing any long stretches of climbing at highway speeds with A/C, you will not see any benefit from the hybrid. Go with the EcoBoost.
My recent road trip across Oregon...