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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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I would buy it
By tayb on 10/11/2012 3:06:44 PM , Rating: 0
If I were in the market for a new car I would buy one of these. Styling isn't all that great but this is what happens when you care far more about drag than anything else. I'm still nervous about the reliability of Ford and a brand new model makes me even more nervous. Just don't know a lot of people who have had luck with Ford.




RE: I would buy it
By FITCamaro on 10/11/12, Rating: 0
RE: I would buy it
By corduroygt on 10/11/2012 4:19:12 PM , Rating: 2
This car is a lot bigger than a Honda Fit. Sits higher (not SUV-high but minivan-high) off the ground and quieter and more refined on the highway as well.

So, no, it's nothing like a Honda Fit.


RE: I would buy it
By Spuke on 10/11/2012 4:42:44 PM , Rating: 3
Isn't it built on the Focus platform?


RE: I would buy it
By corduroygt on 10/11/2012 7:43:02 PM , Rating: 2
Yes, just like the Ford Edge, it's built on the Focus platform, a bigger class of vehicle than the Fit.


RE: I would buy it
By corduroygt on 10/11/2012 7:43:17 PM , Rating: 2
Sorry I meant Escape not Edge.


RE: I would buy it
By thurston2 on 10/12/12, Rating: 0
RE: I would buy it
By Nutzo on 10/12/2012 11:17:59 AM , Rating: 2
Actually I have been looking for a new car this year, and was waiting for the C-Max. It's actaully a nice car with decent room inside.

However, I have 2 major problem with the C-max line.

1. The C-MAX Energi only come with leather seats, no cloth.
Some peopel might see this as a plus, but living in sunny California, I find leather seats too hot during the summer.
Plus, leather usually adds $1000 to the price of the car, and I'd rather see a lower price.

2. No spare tire, in either the Energi or the Hybrid. You only get a can of flat-fix and a compressor.
This is the real deal killer for me. I've had too many flats over the years, including sidewall damage that would not be fixable by a can of flat-fix. They tell you that you can just have your car towed to a tire shop, but good luck finding one open in the middle of the night, or in the middle of a national park.


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