The C-Max is the first entrant into the small hybrid segment from Ford, and with it’s sight set on the Prius V, Ford predicts that the car will offer a class-leading 47 mpg in the city.
When the C-Max debuts this fall, the company claims that it will be rated at 47 mpg in the city and 44 mpg on the highway, which beats the Prius V’s 44/40 city/highway economy. The C-Max is also said to have a driving range greater than 500 miles, giving it the edge over every other plug-in hybrid on the market when it comes to single-tank range. Power comes from a 2.0-liter Atkinson-cycle four-cylinder engine mated to an electric motor.
When it comes to price point, the C-Max undercuts the Prius by $1,300, and also offers 54 more horsepower. It’s obvious that the Prius V was the main competitor that Ford was looking to beat, as they even state in a press release that Ford expects “half of C-MAX buyers to be conquest customers trading in competitive models.”
The C-Max hybrid will be available for purchase sometime this fall, with a base MSRP of $25,995.