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The Toyota Prius plug-in has a 540-mile range while the Chevrolet Volt has a 380-mile range

After receivng an EPA rating of 100 miles-per-gallon equivalent (MPGe) city/highway combined, Ford's C-MAX Energi has now been named the king of range with 620 miles per tank/charge.

According to Ford, the C-MAX Energi crushes the competition with an EPA rated 108 MPGe city and an EPA rated 620-mile overall driving range. The Energi is also capable of traveling 21 miles in all-electric mode and has 195 horsepower with a fully charged battery.

The Toyota Prius plug-in, on the other hand, has a 540-mile range while the Chevrolet Volt has a 380-mile range.

Not only will the C-MAX Energi be America's most fuel efficient vehicle with the longest range, but 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.

“C-MAX Energi is America’s most efficient utility vehicle, a great symbol of how Ford gives customers the power to choose leading fuel-efficiency across our lineup with gas prices spiraling upwards of $5 a gallon in some parts of the country,” said John Davis, C-MAX chief engineer. “The C-MAX Energi’s leading range also means customers can spend more time on the road and more money on their priorities instead of at the gas pump.”

Ford also mentioned that the C-MAX Energi's range was designed to address congestion problems. A longer electric range means no wasted fuel while sitting in traffic.

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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By Dr of crap on 10/22/2012 8:33:33 AM , Rating: 2
No one noticed their streching the cash saving figures!

Using $4 gas and 20,000 miles driven per year -

Say my present car gets 30 mpg, that's $2667 for gas each year.

Now IF the C-Max gets 45 mpg it will use $1778 in gas per year,
and if it gets 50 mpg it will use $1600 in gas per year.

So at 45 mpg you'd save $4445 over 5 years and at 50 mpg you'd save $5335 over 5 years.

Yet from the article -
"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."

Seems the EPA can't do the math!
OR they think the average driver goes over 20,000 miles per year - yet the average commute is less than 20 miles.

By BSMonitor on 10/22/2012 9:41:35 AM , Rating: 2
Your assumption is pretty high, 30MPG ?? You are talking Fusion, Malibu, or smaller cars... By far not the majority.

By Dr of crap on 10/22/2012 10:02:14 AM , Rating: 2
REALLY 30 mpg is TOO high????

I'm assuming that IF you going after the C-Max you should at least have a pretty high mpg to start with. After all who are the C-Max potentail buyers? Not pickup or SUV drivers.

Now I'm sure someone will post that some of the driving is to be done with battery power only. OK, but can it really be that much in savings? And don't forget the low temps and the high temps that also limit the available battery power, and the years toll on the battery capacity.

REAL world numbers folks not math expected numbers!

By Mint on 10/23/2012 3:52:10 PM , Rating: 2
Find another compact-MPV/wagon that gets 30 MPG combined . Aside from the Prius-V (42 MPG), I can't think of any.

Look at my post below for real numbers.

By Nutzo on 10/22/2012 11:43:52 AM , Rating: 2
It depends on what type of driving you do.
If you mainly drive highway miles, then a hybrid will not save you much in gas. If you mainly drive in the city or stop & go rush hour traffic, then you should have a quick payback period.

My 10 year old Camry still gets 35 on the highway, buy only 19 with my normal 99% city driving. However I STILL can't justify a hybrid since my commute is so short. It would take me 6 to 8 years just to break even.

By Mint on 10/22/2012 3:54:10 PM , Rating: 2
Note the EPA quote talks about the CMax Energi . That's the plugin, which can do 6,000+ miles/yr at 100 MPGe (or about $240/yr). 30MPG would cost you $800-1000/yr for just those electric miles, i.e. $2800-3800 over 5 years.

Add another 10k miles/yr at 45MPG, and you save an additional $2200-2700 per year. On top of that, 30MPG average is very high for a compact MPV, which is basically a small minivan. The Mazda5 gets 24MPG, the Dodge Journey and Kia Rondo get 22MPG, etc.

That bumps the electric driving savings to $4200+ and the gas driving savings to $4500+ over 80,000 total miles compared to competitors, assuming $4/gal (which seems like a low average to us in CA).

$7000 over 5 years is a pretty reasonable estimate.

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