Ford C-Max Suffers MPG Downgrade Déjà Vu

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Ford C-Max Suffers MPG Downgrade Déjà Vu
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Ford is reducing the fuel economy rating on its C-Max hybrid for the second time since the car’s introduction as a 2013 model year vehicle.

The US automaker today announced that results of an internal audit show that the car is actually only capable of a combined fuel economy rating of 40 MPG, a downgrade from the 43 MPG claimed as of last August.

Previous to that number Ford has initially said the C-Max could achieve 47 MPG combined thanks to a 47 MPG city and 47 MPG highway rating. As of today that number has been lowered a total of 15 percent with new city/highway ratings of 42/37.

During the initial downgrade Ford admitted that it hadn’t done its homework and simply used the EPA numbers for the Fusion Hybrid – which shares the same powertrain.

In an effort to combat the bad publicity Ford announced a slew of upgrades to help the car’s fuel economy, including everything from new engine oil, a more efficient transmission drive ratio and numerous aerodynamic tweaks.

During the announcement last August Ford offered $550 to owners in compensation. Today owners will be offered a (presumably) additional $475 goodwill payment.

In addition to the C-Max, Ford has donwgraded the fuel economy ratings on five other models. A complete chart of those adjustments can be viewed below:

U.S. EPA-Estimated Fuel Economy Label Ratings and Goodwill Payments*
Model Year Vehicle Powertrain Revised(City, Highway, Combined) Previous(City, Highway, Combined) Lease Customers  Purchase Customers
2014 Fiesta 1.0L GTDI M/T 31 / 43 / 36 32  / 45 /  37 $125 $200
1.6L A/T 27 / 37 / 31 29  / 39 /  32 $150 $250
1.6L SFE A/T 28 / 38 / 32 30  / 41 /  34 $275 $450
1.6L M/T 28 / 36 / 31 27  / 38 /  31 Combined MPG not affected Combined MPG not affected
2013-14 C-MAX Hybrid 42  / 37 / 40 45  / 40 /  43 $300 $475
Fusion Hybrid 44 / 41 / 42 47  / 47 /  47 $450 $775
MKZ Hybrid 38 / 37 / 38 45  / 45 /  45 $625 $1,050
Model Year Vehicle Powertrain Revised**(Charge Sustaining, Charge Depleting, EV Range) Previous**(Charge Sustaining, Charge Depleting, EV Range) Lease Customers  Purchase Customers
2013-14 C-MAX Energi Plug-in Hybrid 38 mpg  / 88 MPGe+ /19 mi EV range 43 mpg / 100 MPGe+  /21 mi EV range $475 $775
Fusion Energi Plug-in Hybrid 38 mpg  / 88 MPGe+  /19 mi EV range 43 mpg  / 100 MPGe+ /21 mi EV range $525 $850
  • chavitz

    Guarantee that Ford will do it again, either lying MPGs again or reducing its often inflated MPGs again.