2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid: 47 MPG City, 44 MPG Highway, $26K Price

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Ford C-Max Hybrid, first revealed at the 2011 Detroit Auto Show

Toyota might be the current undisputed king of hybrid cars, but that fact isn’t about to stop Ford from going after the Japanese automaker’s crown. 

Its 2013 C-Max Hybrid, Ford says, will get an EPA city rating of 47 mpg, some 3 mpg higher than the official EPA city rating for the 2012 Toyota Prius V wagon.

[UPDATE: The final ratings for the 2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid were a combined 47 mpg, with 47 mpg city and 47 mpg highway.]

Like a prize-fighter before a title fight, Ford has been making angry noises from across the ring in Toyota’s direction for months, promising its 2013 C-Max Hybrid will beat the 2012 Toyota Prius V to a pulp.

Back in May, Ford announced that the five-seat hybrid hatchback would retail from $25,995, which is $555 cheaper than the lowest-specification 2012 Toyota Prius V. It also said the C-Max hybrid would beat the Prius V in gas mileage figures. 

2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid and C-Max Energi plug-in hybrid

2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid and C-Max Energi plug-in hybrid

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Now, according to Car and Driver, Ford is so confident that the EPA will agree with its in-house gas-mileage figures that it is publicly disclosing gas mileage figures before the EPA has approved them.

Interestingly, Ford hasn’t released its predicted highway or combined figures for the 2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid, making us wonder if these two figures make the Prius V and C-Max Hybrid a little closer in economy than Ford would like. 

The jury may still be out on gas mileage, but the Ford C-Max Hybrid certainly beats the Prius V when it comes to power.

Using a hybrid system that combines a 2.0-liter, four-cylinder Atkinson cycle engine with an electric motor through a computer-controlled continuously-variable transmission, Ford’s C-Max Hybrid has around 50 horsepower more than a 2012 Prius V. 

2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid

2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid

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Sadly, Ford hasn’t let us -- or any other press -- behind the wheel of the 2013 C-Max Hybrid yet.  But we have driven both the Prius V and its European sibling, the 2012 Prius Plus

With demand for practical, versatile hybrid wagons and crossovers on the rise, we think the competition between the 2012 Prius V and 2013 C-Max Hybrid could be one of the biggest green car battles of the year. 


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