A typical hybrid vehicle will achieve a higher fuel efficiency rating in the city, versus the highway, due to the benefit of regenerative braking in stop and go traffic. However, the soon to be released Ford C-MAX Hybrid bucks this trend with a 47 mpg fuel efficiency rating across the board.

 

Available this fall, the Ford C-MAX Hybrid received an EPA-certified fuel efficiency rating of 47 mpg in the city and on the highway, for a combined fuel efficiency rating of 47 mpg. This puts the C-MAX ahead of its competitor, the Toyota Prius v, by 3 mpg in the city, 7 mpg on the highway and 5 mpg combined.

 

“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. “We’ve done this with innovation – represented by nearly 500 hybrid patents – while driving costs down 30 percent so we can bring these fuel-saving vehicles to more customers.” Source: Ford

 

Ford also bests the Toyota Prius v on the MSRP with a base price of $25,995, including destination and delivery charges.

 

The 2013 Ford C-MAX Hybrid is five-seat hybrid utility vehicle equipped with a 2.0L Atkinson-Cycle I-4 hybrid engine and a 35kW lithium-ion battery. The vehicle produces 141 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 129 lb-ft of torque at 4,000 rpm. Although the C-MAX Hybrid won’t be available until the fall, interested consumers can place an order at select Ford dealerships.