2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid Gets 47 MPG All-Round EPA Rating

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2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid

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It’s been a while coming, but the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has finally approved gas-mileage ratings for the 2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid. 

As Ford predicted, the $25,995 hybrid has achieved an official rating of 47 MPG City, but its highway rating of 47 mpg improved on Ford’s own estimate by 3 mpg. 

That gives the five-seat hybrid hatch one of the easiest gas mileage ratings to remember: 47 mpg city, 47 mpg highway, and 47 mpg combined. 

The official EPA ratings for the 2013 C-Max Hybrid place it in just behind the erstwhile 2012 Toyota Prius Liftback’s 50 mpg combined in the high gas mileage charts.

2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid

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It also means the blue-badged hybrid is more fuel efficient than the 2012 Toyota Prius V and 2012 Honda Civic Hybrid.

Due to go on sale this fall, Ford’s first hatchback hybrid also offers some impressive features that Toyota has yet to match, including an all-electric top speed of 62 mph and a hands-free powered tailgate. 

It will be followed a few months later by a staged rollout of the 2013 Ford C-Max Energi plug-in hybrid, which Ford claims will have twice the electric range of the 2012 Toyota Prius Plug-in hybrid.


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Comments (8)
  1. Well done Ford.

  2. A regular car should have been getting 50 mpg by now. I'm supposed to be impressed by this?? Hey, thanks for throwing an mpg bone at us!

  3. And you're basing your expectations on what, exactly? Let me guess, you drive a Geo Metro and think you get 60 MPG when you don't and you've somehow missed the fact that vehicles now weigh hundreds of pounds more than 10-15 years ago due to stability control, traction control, all-wheel drive, ABS, heated/cooled seats, etc. Mileage among similar vehicles is already far betetr than even 3-4 years ago, but I guess some people want everything... If 47 MPG is just a bone to you, enjoy it, I guess. And you're driving what?

  4. Good News! Competition is usually the consumers friend.

  5. More competition the better..

    But I am doubting that C-Max will make a significant dent in the sales of Prius. Prius owners are blindly loyal to their cars. I think most of the sales are coming out of Honda Civic/Insight hybrid's sales and some of the Chevy's sales...

  6. Prius owners "blindly loyal"? Aren't they the primary purchasers of Chevy Volts?

  7. John, well, we're a Volt/Prius family after last week when my wife picked up her Prius. So no more anti-Prius styling comments from me. Maybe...

    I think you're both right, in the sense that Prius drivers do tend to be extremely loyal, but when they do change, the Volt is often chosen. Logical, I'd say, since both choices represent environmental choices and there are more options than existed 4-10 years ago when many Prius buyers bought their current cars.

    And just for the record, I was fine with her choice since I'm not going to drive it often. I'd have preferred another Mini Cooper or Fiat Abarth, but it's a solid choice, of course.

  8. I think more Prius owners buy another Prius than any other hybrids. They stay with Prius.

    Sure, one of the most "traded in" brand is Prius for the Volt buyers, but I wouldn't call it "primary" purchasers.

    I think if you look at all the Prius Plugin buyers, I am willing to be that majority of them owned a Prius... In fact, all three Pip owners at my work were all Gen I Prius owners.

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