Ford C-Max Hybrid Offers 47 Mpg City, Beats Prius V

Stephen Elmer
by Stephen Elmer
2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid: C-MAX Hybrid headlines Ford's transformed lineup, one-third of which will feature a model with 40 mpg or more in 2012, building on the company's commitment to give fuel-efficiency-minded customers the Power of Choice. The new C-MAX Hybrid is targeted to achieve better fuel economy than Toyota Prius v. (12/14/2011)

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.

Stephen Elmer
Stephen Elmer

Stephen covers all of the day-to-day events of the industry as the News Editor at AutoGuide, along with being the AG truck expert. His truck knowledge comes from working long days on the woodlot with pickups and driving straight trucks professionally. When not at his desk, Steve can be found playing his bass or riding his snowmobile or Sea-Doo. Find Stephen on <A title="@Selmer07 on Twitter" href="">Twitter</A> and <A title="Stephen on Google+" href="">Google+</A>

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