2013 Ford C-Max Energi Rated at 100 MPGe

2013 Ford C-Max Energi

When the new Ford C-Max Energi goes on sale later this fall, its fuel efficiency will be rated at 100 MPGe (miles per gallon equivalent) under the EPA’s combined five-cycle testing format. The C-Max Energi gets 108 MPGe in the city and 92 MPGe highway.

The MPGe number only reflects the electric-only range of the C-Max Energi, which can travel up to 20 miles on electric power. That’s better than the Toyota Prius Plug-In’s 11 miles of EV-only range, but worse that the Chevrolet Volt’s 38 miles of projected EV-only range. In EV mode, the C-Max Energi is more fuel efficient than either the Prius Plug-In (95 MPGe) or the Volt (98 MPGe) in the combined EPA testing cycle.

Ford hasn’t released the rating for the C-Max Energi’s hybrid-only mode, but because of the added weight, we assume it wouldn’t be any better, or maybe slightly worse, than the Ford C-Max Hybrid, which is EPA-rated at 47/47/47 mpg city/highway/combined.

The Prius Plug-In is, presumably, still more fuel efficient than the C-Max Energi in hybrid-only mode. The Prius Plug-In gets 50 mpg combined, compared with the C-Max Hybrid’s 47 mpg.

The 2013 C-Max Energi goes on sale later this fall with a $33,745 starting price, including a $795 destination fee. There’s a $3,750 federal tax credit if you qualify.

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2013 Ford C-Max Energi Priced at $33,745
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2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid Priced at $25,995

Comments 

Chuck

The founder of GM-Volt dot com just dumped his Volt and bought this Ford. Pretty funny.

Carma

They're two different vehicles and he needed five seats for his kids instead the of the four in the volt. Nothing more to it than that. Personally, I'd take the larger Prius V over the ford wagon.

CJ

Sounds like nothing but spin. You should apply at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.

Volume Van

Looks like Ford has beaten both the GM & Toyota in the Plugin game.

100 MPGe, 20 mile range, 33K price tag, 119 cu. ft. interior volume. All looks great. If this could sell well, expect the price of other 2 models to go down.

I test drove the hybrid version this past weekend; am interested in the plug-in Energi as well and as always, before assuming one car is better than another (unless you're already biased to another brand and it doesn't matter) it compares quite well with the Prius V which I've also taken on a test drive a few months back. The C-Max Hybrid rides much more silently than the V, has much more comfortable drivers seat and at least among those who have already bought one, the high MPG is not all hype. It is a bit smaller than the V inside so if max cargo room is your highest priority the V would be better, but if you can live with less storage room this C-Max is quite good; the Ford seemed much bigger on the passenger side as well as the choice of seat materials was noticeably better (a high end Prius V uses a plethor -- synthetic leather versus the real thing in the C-Max SEL). my only concern will be how much more storage space is lost to the 20 mile plug-in battery; you basically get it almost for 'free' with the Fed Tax Credit so it may be worth it if you plan mostly short trips (100% gas free!)

Jack29

Impressive vehicle - At $29,000 after discounts, this is slowly starting to near the point of desirability on a larger scale of buyers, especially considering this has higher MPGe than the Prius or Volt, is more roomy than both, and can travel MUCH further than both in total distance (620 miles total distance EPA rating).

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