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2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid Gets 47 MPG

August 8th, 2012

2013 Ford C-MAX Hybrid Gets 47/47/47 MPG Front Quarter View

The EPA has spoken: the 2013 Ford C-MAX Hybrid has been rated at 47 city/47 highway/47 combined mpg, making Ford’s spacious new-for-2013 hybrid one of the most-efficient vehicles in America. All set to attempt to chase down Toyota’s Prius lineup for a piece of the lucrative hybrid pie, Ford’s newest represents the best blend of power, interior and cargo space, and efficiency of any hybrid on the market.

Top 5 Most Fuel-Efficient Cars in America
(City, Highway, Combined MPG)

  1. 2012 Toyota Prius c: 53/46/50 mpg
  2. 2012 Toyota Prius: 51/48/50 mpg
  3. 2013 Ford C-MAX Hybrid: 47/47/47 mpg
  4. 2012 Honda Civic Hybrid: 44/44/44 mpg
  5. (tie) 2012 Toyota Prius v: 44/40/42 mpg
    (tie) 2012 Lexus CT 200h: 43/40/42 mpg
    (tie) 2012 Honda Insight: 41/44/42 mpg

The C-MAX is sized between the standard Prius and larger Prius v, though it actually has more rear passenger legroom and headroom than either model. With a cargo capacity of 54.3 cubic feet, the C-MAX can accommodate more stuff than the Prius, while the “v” has 67.3 cubic feet. That said, the C-MAX is 7 mpg more-efficient than the “v” on the highway.

2013 Ford C-MAX Hybrid Gets 47/47/47 MPG Rear Quarter View

Then there’s the issue of power. The C-MAX’s hybrid system makes 188 combined peak horsepower, while the Prius and Prius v have just 134. Toyota’s models are perfectly adequate in acceleration, but can struggle up steep grades or when loaded down with people and stuff. We haven’t driven the C-MAX yet, but it should feel much quicker, minimizing tradeoffs mpg-lovers have faced thus far.

It would seem Ford has pulled off a hat trick of outstanding power, space and efficiency in its first dedicated hybrid model. The C-MAX Hybrid starts at $25,995 with Ford taking orders at select dealerships now.

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