Ford announced official fuel economy ratings for the 2013 C-Max Hybrid Tuesday, noting that the new hybrid car uses less fuel than the 2012 Toyota Prius v. With an EPA rating of 47/47 mpg city/highway, the automaker says in a press release that C-Max Hybrid beats the Prius V’s fuel economy “by up to 7 mpg.” The EPA rates the 2012 Prius v at 44/40 mpg city/highway, but has yet to post the C-Max Hybrid’s ratings on its website.
While hybrid cars like the 2012 Ford Fusion Hybrid and Toyota Prius earn their best fuel economy estimates in city driving, the C-Max Hybrid bucks the trend. The Wall Street Journal writes, “Hybrid vehicles typically log better fuel economy in city driving in part because they can make greater use of their electric motors to sage gasoline at lower speeds. On the highway most hybrids essentially become conventional cars, running on their gasoline engines.”
Ford says that the C-Max Hybrid achieves its highway estimate through a number of innovations, including the ability to travel up to 62 mph in EV mode (all-electric driving). In comparison, Toyota says in a press release that the Prius v “can run on battery power alone for short distances and lower speeds, up to about a mile.”
Starting at $25,995 including destination charges, the C-Max Hybrid is roughly $1,300 less expensive than the 2012 Prius v. Ford Vice President of Powertrain Engineering Joe Bakaj says the automaker has driven “costs down 30 percent so we can bring these fuel-saving vehicles to more customers.” The C-Max Hybrid goes on sale this fall, and Ford is currently taking orders for the hybrid car at select dealerships.
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