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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 Samus on 10/11/2012 4:11:12 PM , Rating: 2
We all know American cars are cheaply made

In case you didn't get the memo, the 70's are over.

I may be biased, but Ford's build quality has been excellent since the 90's and really took off with the Ford Focus in 2000, now adapoted across their entire vehicle lineup. Any review you read about even the Fiesta will talk about how exceptional the fit and finish is for its class (which includes the likes of the Honda Fit, Nissan Versa, etc)

GM has had excellent build quality for a decade as well, and I think their trucks have a nicer interior than any of the competition. The gaps between panels are almost non-existant.

Chrysler has had an amazing turnaround recently. I wouldn't have bought one 10 years ago, but now they are exceptionally well built and heavily German-engineering oriented (which does require more maintenance, but the pros' outweigh the cons')

I won't go into detail on Toyota or other high-ranking brands, because my Mother's 2002 Camry has been solid, but over time has definately revealed its share of squeeks and rattles, in additional to having gone through two power steering pumps and some other unusual things.

RE: Nice look, but...
By Pirks on 10/12/12, Rating: 0
RE: Nice look, but...
By JediJeb on 10/12/2012 2:17:26 PM , Rating: 2

Just one example of Toyotas breaking, there are many more.

I have driven Fords made since the early 70's ( my first vehicle was a 70 F100 that had 300,000 miles on it when I got it). I haven't had any major problems yet, and other than wearing a few things out now on my 96 F150 which has 230,000 miles on it still no trouble with it either. My 79 Mustang I drove until it had 150,000 miles on it and with the way I treated that thing when I was in college it is a wonder it ever survived that long. Did you know you can get an 8 foot tall cedar tree inside a 79 Mustang coupe :)

RE: Nice look, but...
By Pirks on 10/13/2012 1:04:57 AM , Rating: 2
You may have had good luck with your cars but JD Power wouldn't give Toyota the best reliability award just for fun, you know

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