2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid: First Drive Page 2

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The shorter, more urban portion of our test route--about 20 miles--gave us a reading of 44 mpg.

Overall, for the whole test drive--which mixed city stop-and-go and freeway mileage--the C-Max Hybrid gave us 37 mpg over a total distance of about 50 miles. That included lots of energetic mountain driving.

One major C-Max Hybrid drawback is the lack of all-wheel drive. The C-Max Hybrid effectively replaces the now-gone Escape Hybrid, of which fully half were delivered with all-wheel drive.

The C-Max is front-wheel-drive only, and we think that's a mistake--drivers in snowy and mountainous regions want hybrids too.

The 2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid goes on sale this fall, and will be available nationwide.

The base price with delivery is $25,995--$1,200 higher than the most basic Prius Liftback, but $1,300 lower than the lowest-line Prius V wagon.

We did not drive the upcoming C-Max Energi plug-in hybrid version of the car. That will be launched later in the year, starting at a price of $33,745 with delivery.

Ford provided airfare, lodging, and meals to enable High Gear Media to bring you this first-person drive report.

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