Ford is positioning the 2013 C-Max Hybrid as a Prius fighter, and for good reason. For more than a decade, the Toyota Prius has been the undisputed King of Miles Per Gallon. But with pretty much every automaker in the world gunning for it, the MPG gap is growing narrower by the day. The Blue Oval announced that the 2013 C-Max Hybrid nets a combined mileage of 47 MPG…just 3 MPG behind the mighty Prius.
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Ford has been hyping up the C-Max hybrid for more than a year, and it is finally slated to hit dealerships sometime this fall. Ford has been coy about announcing actual MPG numbers until now, perhaps hoping to eek out a couple more MPG before the announcement. Yet with a rating of 47 city and 47 highway, the C-Max hybrid is right on the heels of the Prius and its compact cousin, the Prius C.
This still gives the Toyota Prius an overall MPG edge, with a 51 city/48 highway/50 combined rating…but that gap is a far cry from just two years ago, when the next-closest hybrid with the Honda Civic Hybrid with its 40/43/41 rating. In fact, the C-Max Hybrid will displace the Civic Hybrid as #3 overall in terms of fuel economy ratings, right behind the two Prius models.
That isn’t the only comparison Ford wants to make though. According to the Blue Oval, the C-Max Hybrid will be able to travel up to 62 mph under just electric power. Even more impressive, the plug-in hybrid version of the C-Max, called the C-Max Energi, will be able to reach speeds up to 85 mph without turning to the on-board gas generator.
Ford also said earlier in the year that the C-Max Energi will have a 550 mile driving range, outpacing the more-spacious Prius V by about 10 miles. Ford will also include an EV button that gives drivers the option of “Now” or “Later”, either using the electric juice immedietly or saving it for later on in the trip. It’s a much sought-after feature among those who obsess over maximum MPG, one the Prius Plug-In also offers.
Ford will start selling the C-Max Energi this fall in 19 selected markets, with the plug-in hybrid becoming available nationwide early on in 2013. After Federal tax credits are applied, the C-Max Energi will cost around $29,995, $450 less than the Prius Plug-In after tax credits. Any Prius owners considering making the jump?