The Ford C-Max Energi has a lot of numbers in its favor, from lower pricing to better MPGs to a longer driving range. Well Ford is about to add another feather to its hat, as the EPA has given the C-Max Energi a 100 MPGe rating, better than both the Toyota Prius Plug-In and the Chevy Volt.
Carmakers love numbers, especially the kinds of numbers that let them go “Neener neener neener, our cars are better” to their competitors. So far Ford has touted the $29,995 MSRP (after tax credits) which is a few hundred bucks lower than the main competition, the Prius Plug-In hybrid and a few thousand less than the Chevy Volt.
The Ford C-Max also offers a range of around 550 miles, more than the competition, and a combined fuel economy rating of 47 mpg across the board. Now the EPA has certified that the Ford C-Max deserves a MPGe (equivalent) rating of 100 MPGe, better than both the Prius Plug-In (95 MPGe) and the Chevy Volt (98 MPGe).
Yet the Volt and the Prius have a huge advantage in that both have been on the market for sometime now, and there has been a lot of buzz, positive, negative, or otherwise, regarding these two vehicles. Ford has certiainly hyped up the C-Max, but has the buying public noticed?
Some people certainly have. Dr. Lyle Dennis, founder of GM-Volt.com, is talking about trading in his Chevy Volt for a Ford C-Max Energi on account of the extra seating and his growing family. Will the C-Max lure away competitors from other hybrid vehicles as well? Likely. One thing’s for sure, the hybrid car market is certainly starting to heat up.