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Power too tempting?
We spoke with three separate Ford engineers and executives at last week's C-Max Energi media event, asking them why the real-world figures might be so different from the EPA ratings.
Each noted--as if in unison--that different owners will achieve different mileage results, that efficiency depends greatly on driver behavior, and that customers have told Ford about real-world mileages both above and below the 47-mpg combined rating.
Pressed further, one engineer noted that because the newest hybrids have a great deal more power than comparable Prius models--54 hp more, as Ford touts in its marketing--it may be that drivers are tempted to use that power.
Heavy acceleration and spirited driving, he suggested, could do some serious damage to mileage figures achieved with a light foot and a great deal of pre-planning.
What mileage do you get?
We think there will be more to this story in the months ahead, as more and more C-Max Hybrids and Fusion Hybrids hit the streets.
Certainly the lure of a compact five-door hatchback and a mid-size sedan (a nice-looking one at that) that each achieve 47 mpg is undeniable.
But as Hyundai and Kia just recently found out, when the truth comes out, it's not pretty--and if mistakes in testing were made, it can cost the company a lot of money.
We invite owners of both the C-Max Hybrid and the new 2013 Fusion Hybrid to share their real-world mileage in the Comments below.