The 2013 Ford C-Max is the company's first-ever "dedicated hybrid," meaning that there is no gasoline-only version sold in the U.S. With two versions available--a conventional hybrid and a plug-in hybrid as well--it directly targets the expanding range of Toyota Prius models, which now include a wagon (the Prius V) and a plug-in hybrid liftback on sale since early 2012.
The C-Max is a compact five-door hatchback, though it's viewed as a small minivan in Europe, where it sells with a variety of powertrains. For U.S. buyers, though, it comes in only two versions: a hybrid and a plug-in hybrid with a larger battery pack.
The powertrain is a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine with the latest generation of Ford's two-motor hybrid system. Combined power output is 188 horsepower, fully 54 hp more than the Prius, and the C-Max feel distinctly peppier than Toyota's quintessential hybrid.
But there's still an unanswered question for those considering a C-Max Hybrid: What will its real-world fuel...
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