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The C-MAX Energi is expected to be America's cheapest and most fuel-efficient hybrid plug-in

Ford's upcoming C-MAX Energi passed up the Toyota Prius as the most fuel-efficient plug-in hybrid available in America.

The C-MAX Energi received an EPA rating of 108 miles-per-gallon equivalent (MPGe) city rating and 100 MPGe combined rating. This beats the Toyota Prius' combined rating by 5 MPGe.

The C-MAX Hybrid, which is grouped in with the C-MAX Energi as Ford's first hybrid-only line of vehicles, also beats the Toyota Prius v by up to 7 MPG. The C-MAX Hybrid received EPA rating of 47 MPG city and 47 MPG highway for a combined 47 MPG.

This high EPA rating places the C-MAX Energi in a special group of vehicles that have 100 MPGe or greater. This group, created by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), also includes the Ford Focus Electric at 110 MPGe city and the Fusion Energi plug-in hybrid with an expected MPGe of over 100. Having several vehicles in this class definitely makes Ford's lineup more appealing.

Not only will the C-MAX Energi be America's most fuel efficient vehicle, it will also be the most affordable. It has a starting price of $29,995, but is eligible for the federal tax credit. The EPA label also noted that customers could save almost $7,000 in gas over the course of five years with the C-MAX Energi.

"Ford is giving customers the power of choice for leading fuel economy regardless of what type of vehicle or powertrain technology they choose," said John Davis, chief engineer of C-MAX Energi. "With $5-per-gallon gasoline, C-MAX Energi customers essentially will pay $1.25 per gallon for the same distance traveled compared with average vehicles estimated to achieve 23 MPG."

The C-MAX Energi, due out this Fall, will also offer many of Ford's features like SYNC with MyFord Touch, MyFord Mobile, ECO Cruise and SmartGauge with EcoGuide.

Source: Ford

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RE: Nice look, but...
By Reclaimer77 on 10/11/2012 1:01:11 PM , Rating: 2
We all know American cars are cheaply made and feel like a snap-tight plastic model.

We do?

While this was certainly true a decade or so ago, hell I would make similar statements myself, I'm not sure it's accurate to use this as a blanket statement anymore.

Look very "Euro" with good looking lines.

If by "euro" you mean tiny wedge-shaped hatchback, then yup, they certainly nailed the look :)

RE: Nice look, but...
By Reclaimer77 on 10/11/2012 2:26:29 PM , Rating: 2
hmmm rated down DEFENDING domestic cars...that's a new one :P

RE: Nice look, but...
By Spuke on 10/11/2012 2:59:03 PM , Rating: 3

Ford beats all EU automakers except MB.

RE: Nice look, but...
By martin5000 on 10/11/2012 3:18:47 PM , Rating: 1
Ford beats all EU automakers except MB.

...And Porche. The 3 worst are American. I think your interpretation was a little optimistic.

RE: Nice look, but...
By Spuke on 10/11/2012 4:22:34 PM , Rating: 2
I don't include Porsche because they're my fav automaker. They can do no wrong. :)

RE: Nice look, but...
By Spuke on 10/11/2012 4:23:26 PM , Rating: 2
Oh and the FOUR worst are American.

RE: Nice look, but...
By Ringold on 10/11/2012 6:39:30 PM , Rating: 2
But all the same owner.

Only clear takeaway is that there's no hard and fast distinction in quality between "foreign" and "domestic." Gotta go company by company.

RE: Nice look, but...
By Spuke on 10/12/2012 1:23:21 PM , Rating: 2
I know, I'm just having a little fun. :)

RE: Nice look, but...
By ppardee on 10/11/2012 3:56:04 PM , Rating: 1
That report is really sad... That's saying that, on average, every car off the line from all but two manufacturers has a defect somewhere. Someone seriously needs to look into better quality controls.

If every code deploy I released had a bug in it, I would be out of a job very quickly.

RE: Nice look, but...
By Reclaimer77 on 10/11/2012 4:07:18 PM , Rating: 2
Yes but software has bugs. The vast majority of programs ever made has had bugs at some point.

Automobiles have thousands of parts, just like programs have thousands or even more lines of code.

I think given the complexity of the modern automobile, and the massive demand that they have to satisfy in a fairly short time, they are doing pretty well.

RE: Nice look, but...
By Spuke on 10/11/2012 4:34:00 PM , Rating: 2
That's saying that, on average, every car off the line from all but two manufacturers has a defect somewhere.
EVERY car on that list MAY have a defect. Those numbers are problems per 100 vehicles. I will say that quality across the board is vastly improved. All the automakers continuously get better regardless of the increasing complex. An example is the bottom rung cars used to be in the 200 plus problem range, now they're under 200.

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