Ford’s C-Max hybrid is all part of the company’s plan to triple electrified vehicle production capacity by 2013, and the EPA has officially rated the small hybrid at 47 mpg for city, highway and combined driving.
Hybrids are generally more efficient during city driving, making the 47 mpg in the city and on the highway a significant achievement. “The all-new C-MAX Hybrid is a great symbol of how Ford has transformed into a fuel-economy and technology leader with 47 mpg across the board and a highway rating 7 mpg better than Toyota Prius v,” said Ford Vice President of Powertrain Engineering Joe Bakaj. Starting at $25, 995, the C-Max Hybrid also undercuts the Prius V on price by about $1,300.
Running the C-Max Hybrid is a 2.0-liter Atkinson-cycle I-4 gas engine teamed with a high-voltage lithium-ion battery and CVT transmission to get the most out of the hybrid setup.