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|