2013 Ford C-MAX Hybrid

Ford announced Friday that its 2013 Ford C-MAX Energi, a plug-in hybrid car, will have a battery-only range of “more than 20 miles” and a total range of 550 miles.

The 2013 C-MAX Energi’s battery-only range is longer than that of its closest competitor, the 2012 Toyota Prius Plug-in, which can drive for 11 miles on electric power and 540 miles on combined gas and electric power, according to the EPA. The 2013 Chevrolet Volt’s total range of 380 miles is less than the C-MAX Energi’s and Prius Plug-in’s, according to the EPA, but the Volt’s electric-only range of 38 miles easily beats both cars’. The EPA hasn’t officially rated the C-MAX Energi’s range or fuel economy yet.

Motor Trend thinks that the range difference between the C-MAX Energi and Prius Plug-in may not be as significant as the numbers suggest, especially when it comes time for the C-MAX Energi to receive its official federal gas mileage and range ratings. “With the claimed range difference only 10 miles between the two vehicles, we’d call this one a tie – especially since not everyone drives as efficiently as in EPA tests,” notes Motor Trend.

The 2013 Ford C-MAX Energi is nearly identical to the hybrid 2013 Ford C-MAX, except that owners can plug the car in to recharge its battery. The 2013 C-MAX Hybrid has a Ford-estimated 47/44 mpg city/highway fuel economy rating, according to Automobile Magazine, and a starting price of $25,200. That’s $1,350 less than the similarly-sized 2012 Toyota Prius v, though it’s $1,200 more than the slightly-smaller 2012 Prius.

Ford has not announced pricing for the 2013 Ford C-MAX Energi yet, but it will be available at dealerships this fall, according to Autoblog.

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