Ford C-Max Tops Toyota's Prius v, Achieves 47 MPG City
July 9, 2012 10:26 AM
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Ford C-Max has 2-year payback period
Ford is bragging about its new C-Max Hybrid utility vehicle and its 47 mpg (city) fuel economy rating. Ford says that its vehicle is at least three mpg better than the Toyota Prius v and has more performance and technology. Ford is also proud that the C-Max is more efficient and powerful all starting at $1,300 less than the Prius v.
Ford is projecting fuel efficiency ratings for the C-Max of 47 mpg in the city and 44 mpg on the highway compared to the Toyota Prius v ratings of 44 mpg city and 40 mpg on the highway. Ford says that the C-Max can travel over 500 miles per tank of fuel and has a total system horsepower rating of 188 HP compared to 134 HP for the Prius.
The C-Max Hybrid
will start at $25,995
“The C-MAX Hybrid builds on Ford’s 20 years of hybrid innovation and fuel-efficient offerings to take on Prius v with better city fuel economy at 47 mpg and at better value – a great chance for us to shake up the hybrid market,” said Raj Nair, group vice president, Global Product Development.
Ford expects that this car will lure in a large percentage of mainstream buyers because the vehicle offers the segments lowest hybrid payback period of two years compared to typical small crossovers. Typically, it takes many years for buyers of a hybrid vehicle to break even compared to purchasing a standard vehicle due to the much higher cost of the a hybrid vehicle. Ford research shows that the typical payback period for a hybrid vehicle in the C-Max's category is four years.
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PROJECTED, not MEASURED MPG...
7/18/2012 6:54:04 PM
And is that Miles per US Gallon?
What size of Gallon are we talking about?
The article VERY carefully uses the word PROJECTED before MPG, meaning it is a calculated number that is not yet a real world number.
I will wait for a 3rd party to review it and respond.
We'll eventually find out what it really gets for fuel economy.
That's the problem when you are part electric.. it's always going to be projected unless you run your charging station off of gasoline also...
That MPG is an imaginary #....
Hmmm, I am finding different numbers elsewhere for range...
Instead of OVER 500 miles, how about ~450 ish?
Unless they didn't change the tank size and were able to still stuff in the batteries, and the weight of the motive and control system didn't hurt economy...
Friction is still a pretty big hindrance.
Still, I say let's just wait and see...
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