47 MPG And 570 Miles on One Tank of Gas For Ford C-MAX

Ford Motor Company has issued another press release for its all-new C-MAX Hybrid with some repeat info to hammer home ways it will beat its Toyota rival, including how its 570-mile range adds to its advantages.

The company again noted it’s officially EPA-certified at 47 mpg city, 47 mpg highway and 47 mpg combined, which tops the Toyota Prius v by up to 7 mpg.

Unlike the Toyota, Ford says the C-MAX Hybrid returns the same fuel economy whether driving cross-country or across the city by incorporating many various technologies.

“The all-new C-MAX Hybrid is a great symbol of how Ford has transformed into a fuel-economy and technology leader with 47 mpg across the board and a highway rating 7 mpg better than Toyota Prius v,” said Ford Vice President of Powertrain Engineering Joe Bakaj. “We’ve done this with innovation – represented by nearly 500 hybrid patents – while driving costs down 30 percent so we can bring these fuel-saving vehicles to more customers.”

The C-MAX Hybrid, currently available for order at Ford dealers, is expected to be America’s most affordable hybrid utility vehicle with a base price of $25,995, including destination and delivery.

Ford needed again to pinpoint the $1,300 price difference with the Prius v.

The C-MAX Hybrid will offer a top speed of 62 mph in EV mode and 188 net horsepower. When powered by gasoline, the C-MAX Hybrid uses an all-new 2.0-liter Atkinson-cycle four-cylinder engine.

The C-MAX Hybrid also offers class-exclusive technologies such as SmartGauge with EcoGuide along with the available hands-free liftgate and active park assist.

Ford’s latest-generation SmartGauge with EcoGuide is designed to help drivers get the most from the C-MAX Hybrid, providing information such as instantaneous fuel economy to help them more closely monitor how their driving behavior affects the vehicle’s efficiency.

The Brake Coach feature – part of SmartGauge – helps drivers optimize their use of the braking system so that driving range can be enhanced through proper braking techniques. Redesigned imagery of green leaves shows overall driving efficiency – as drivers improve their efficient driving, they are rewarded with more leaves.

The all-new C-MAX Hybrid is part of Ford’s first dedicated line of hybrid vehicles that also includes the 2013 C-MAX Energi plug-in hybrid.

Ford’s C-MAX Energi plug-in hybrid – coming later this fall – is projected to deliver 550 miles of total range.

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  • MrEnergyCzar

    The total range number is a distraction. Good job Ford. Compare it to the regular Prius despite having lower MPG numbers…. Don’t compare it to another Prius that has worse mileage to make you look better…tacky.


  • Modern Marvel Fan

    Ford is comparing C-MAX to Prius V because the “wagon” like features between the two and interior space.

    Even against Prius’s 50mpg, the 47 all around number is great. Not to mention that it can operate in EV mode up to 62mph.

    Now as far as Energi model goes, I want to know if it is Volt like or Prius Plugin like. Can the Energi models operate in PURE EV mode regardless of driver input and speed?

    That is the $35k question.

  • Van

    I thought I read where the HF35 tranny can stay in EV mode up to 85 MPH?

  • Van

    Whoops, I see that 85 number was a claim for the Energi C-Max.

  • Bob_V

    The C-max is 5″ taller than the standard Prius and 1″ taller than the V. For any parent over 6′ this is a selling point. It’s just too bad they didn’t include the sliding rear doors…

  • Pep

    The C-Max appears to be a nice product from Ford. It should be competitive with the Prius-classic despite the lower fuel economy and higher price. It does however, have a larger cargo area than the Prius-classic (24.5 vs. 21.6 cubic feet). For those who need small SUV like cargo area, you should check out the Prius V (34.3 cubic feet).

  • Nelson Lu

    There are obvious tradeoffs. Part of the tradeoff will be that the C-Max is somewhat more spacious for the passengers, and that it boasts a substantially more powerful engine/motor combination. (188hp for the C-Max versus 134hp for the Prius V, with 129 lb.-ft. torque versus 105 lb.-ft. for the Prius V.) Yes, it is about 350 pounds heavier, but the more powerful engine/motor combination should still be worth quite a bit of actual driving power — with less fuel consumption.

  • Natalia Jenkins

    This is great to hear especially with the rising prices. One of the things that I really like is you can get this gas mileage with city and freeway miles. The nearest dealer in my area is Osseo Ford vehicles . I will have to call them soon!