2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid Priced at $25,995

Ford canceled the Escape Hybrid for 2013, but the automaker is quickly replacing it with its first dedicated hybrid crossover. When the 2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid goes on sale this fall, it will start at $25,995. (A destination fee was not given.)

The C-Max “will be more affordable than the Toyota Prius v while achieving better fuel economy,” Ford said. Power comes from a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine and a lithium-ion battery-powered motor, which replaces the nickel-metal hydride pack in the Escape Hybrid. The new battery is 25% to 30% smaller and 50% lighter, according to Ford. EPA numbers haven’t been released, but Ford promises the C-Max Hybrid will achieve better gas mileage than the current Ford Fusion Hybrid’s 41 mpg city rating.

“C-Max Hybrid benefits from 20 years of research and innovation behind the software and hardware technology driving it, with many of Ford’s almost 500 hybrid vehicle-related patents contained within,” the automaker said in a statement.

Like the new Escape, the C-Max will seat five passengers in two rows of seats and have a hands-free liftgate, active park assist for easier parallel parking and the MyFord Touch multimedia control system. The C-Max Hybrid will also be equipped with SmartGauge with EcoGuide. It shows real-time fuel economy and uses gauges to help drivers maintain a fuel-efficient driving style.

Although the C-Max shares some components with the compact Focus, it will be bigger. The C-Max Hybrid has a total of 99.7 cubic feet of passenger space in the cabin and 24.5 cubic feet of cargo space behind the second row, Ford said.

The automaker is currently taking orders for the C-Max Hybrid, which will be built alongside the Focus at Ford’s assembly plant in Wayne, Mich. The next vehicle to join the C-Max family is the plug-in C-Max Energi. We should hear more about that model later this year.

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The fact the Ford discontinued the Escape boggles my mind. I mean that little SUV has been the best gas mileage SUV since what 2005. And they get alot of press on that fact. So gone is the Ranger and Escape...both class leaders in fuel economy. Hope the CMax lives up to its expectations.

I really like the look of this C-Max, and if it's going to get 41+ mph city with a sticker price of about 26K, I'd say that's a pretty good value. Two thumbs up Ford!


1) this is not a crossover. It is an MPV or large hatchback. The fact that it competes with Prius should indicate that it is not a crossover.

2) @gas guy - they did not discontinue the Escape, in fact it has been redesigned for 2013. They only discontinued the Escape hybrid. The 1.6 turbo is supposed to be nearly as efficient as the previous hybrid.

Mike from Chicago

It looks just like the Ford Escape. Without the usual sliding doors, there is too little to distinguish the two. This is a mistake. They will compete with each other.


If it looks like the escape, isn't that partially a good thing? Seeing as no one wants to be seen in a 'minivan' this is a neat alternative

I'm really curious to see what the seating height will be. I currently drive a hybrid sedan and would like to be a bit higher up but the mileage and range of even the more efficient 2013 Escape are quite a bit lower than what I'm getting now.


Too bad it uses the crappy Microsoft SYNC system.

Volume Van

Very voluminous vehicle and this will be a viable alternative to Prius.

Infact, every one who considers a mid-size sedan can go for this vehicle since its very functional and also has a higher mileage.

Bob Diel

I have a 2011 Ecape Hibred with 20,000 miles I have learn to drive different. My gas mileage on a tank of gas in the winter is between 40 to 43 in the sumner with the air on its 39 to 40. I can't wait to get a C Max plug in. From what I hear it should average around 97 miles per gallon.


What happened to AWD and the clearance? I love my ' 06 Escape Hybrid and need both. This will not be a replacement in the small SUV market.


I owned the 2008 Prius and just traded it in for a new 2012 Prius V. I like the C-max and considering buying it for my wife when it comes out in 2013. Yes, I will buy it over the Prius Hatchback because it is American design/made and Ford has shown that their hybrid cars are also very reliable. I am curious to see if there will be anti C-max people out there like there are with the Prius.

robert moeller

has anyone taken a calculator to the numbers they are boasting? Claiming 570 miles on a tank for the hybrid with a 13 gallon tank. 570/13 = 43.8mpg. what am i missing?

bryan smithe

Having spent the last month unsuccessfully trying to get Ford to warranty the failed hybrid battery cooling system of my 2005 Ford Escape Hybrid (only 140,000 km), I will never buy another vehicle from Ford. If they will not proudly stand behind the vehicles that they make, then purchasing the CMAX would be like burning my money. I have no faith that Ford has the technological ability to properly engineer and build a vehicle of this complexity and ABSOLUTELY no trust that they will support the customers who buy it when it will inevitably fail. I purchased the Toyota Prius V and sleep easy knowing that this amazing vehicle contains the legendary Toyota quality and that Toyota's respect for its customers will alleviate any concerns if they do arise. Don't buy a Ford hybrid...you will regret it! Are you listening Ford?

Chuck Julian

I really like my 2007 Mariner Hybrid, which is the Escape with a different sticker. I am not interested in the c-max because I need the space of an SUV. I am willing to send the extra money it takes to buy a Hybrid and I don't want to buy a foreign car. The GM Hybrids are not very good, so I will nurse mine along for several more years.


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