After having to downgrade the fuel economy of the 2013 C-Max hybrid from 47 mpg to 43 mpg, Ford has announced that the 2014 C-Max Hybrid is receiving upgrades to improve the mpg rating.
The car will get both hardware and software upgrades to make it more efficient. On the software side, the 2014 car will have its maximum electric-only speed increased to 85 mph, the active grille shutters and air conditioner compressor will be optimized, the electric fan speed will be reduced, and engine warm up time will be reduced by 50 percent.
On the hardware side of things, the C-Max Hybrid will receive a more efficient transmission drive ratio, it will use new engine oil to reduce friction and modifications will be made to the hood seal, tire air deflectors, a-pillar moldings and the rear liftgate area.
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The original 47 mpg rating was granted to the C-Max Hybrid by the EPA though fuel economy testing that allows vehicles with the same engine, transmission and weight class to share a mpg rating. In this case, the 47 mpg figure was given to the Ford Fusion Hybrid, and then applied to the C-Max Hybrid without further testing.
Buyers of 2013 C-Max Hybrids are being offered a cash settlement because of the discrepancy. Owners will get $895, while customers who leased the vehicle will receive $595.