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Ford C-MAX Energi Plug-In Hybrid Gets “America’s Most Fuel-Efficient” Title

It looks like Ford has managed to beat its number one adversary, Toyota Prius at the numbers game. The new C-Max Energi plug-in hybrid vehicle from Ford, which is set to go on sale later this year, has been given a combined EPA rating of 100 MPGe. The new C-Max Energi plug-in has been given an EPA rating of 108 MPGe for city driving and 92 MPGe on the highway. Its rivals, the Toyota Prius Plug-In delivers 95 MPGe combined, and the Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid does 98 MPGe. This means the new C-Max Energi is now rated as the most fuel efficient plug-in vehicle in the United States.

Going by the U.S Environmental Protection Agency ratings, C-Max Energi owners will make savings worth $7,000 in five years over saved fuel and this figure will only improve as fuel prices keep going up. Also, federal tax exemption means the Ford plug-in hybrid is available for a starting price of just $29,995, making it one of the most affordable and economical electric / plug-in hybrid vehicles at present.

“Ford is giving customers the power of choice for leading fuel economy regardless of what type of vehicle or powertrain technology they choose,” said John Davis, chief nameplate engineer, C-MAX Energi. “With $5-per-gallon gasoline, C-MAX Energi customers essentially will pay $1.25 per gallon for the same distance traveled compared with average vehicles estimated to achieve 23 mpg.”

Apart from the class leading EPA rating and the affordable pricing, the new C-Max Energi plug-in hybrid comes with a host of standard features such as:

SYNC® with MyFord Touch® offers multiple ways – including voice commands – for customers to manage and control their phone, navigation, entertainment and climate functions. Plug-in hybrids and all-electric models have additional options for monitoring information like battery state of charge
MyFord Mobile, available for C-MAX Energi in early 2013, enables access via smartphone or Web-based interface to perform key tasks, such as monitoring a vehicle’s state of charge and current range or locating charge stations and planning routes to find them
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1 comment to Ford C-MAX Energi Plug-In Hybrid Gets “America’s Most Fuel-Efficient” Title

  • Ronald Kramer

    Open letter to Ford:

    I thought my 2013 C-MAX would be a Prius Killer? NOT! As a returning Ford buyer I feel deceived. I want to support US companies and US jobs. What was Ford thinking when they published 47/ 47/47 estimates? Based on the advertised EPA estimates, I would have been ok with low 40’s but 28-33 mpg is not even in the ballpark. This is not an issue about EPA testing standards, but rather an issue about setting false customer expectations in order to promote sales. Ford’s “47MPG” marketing campaign tarnished what should have been the roll out of a truly remarkable vehicle, the CMAX. Real world MPG estimates should have been promoted in the mid-30’s. No one would have questioned those numbers and the CMAX would have received the accolades it deserves. How these MPG estimates made it through Ford corporate is beyond me! Maybe it was the rush to go to market? I have been accused of not knowing how to drive hybrid. For the record, during the last three years I have leased both a 2010 Prius and 2010 Honda Insight Hybrid, and consider myself an experienced hyper-miler. My mileage in the Prius is 50 plus, the Insight is 40 plus. The C-MAX is a well-built car, with extremely inflated EPA estimates. I respectfully request that this matter be investigated as soon as possible. My efforts to deal with this locally and through Ford customer service have frustrated me to no end. The constant response? “You need to learn to how to drive hybrid type of vehicle “. Is there a difference how I drive Prius Hybrid vs. the CMAX hybrid? I think we all know the answer to that. I need someone at Ford to reach out to me and assist in a proactive manner so we can put this matter to rest.

    Ronald Kramer Yankee Ford Customer
    South Portland, Maine

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