Ford CMAX Hybrid Expected to Deliver 47 MPG City

Scheduled for introduction this fall, Ford’s new C-MAX Hybrid people carrier is predicted to achieve 47 miles per gallon in city driving and 44 mpg on the open road, according to information released by the automaker.

Built off the company’s global C-car architecture, the C-MAX Hybrid sports a 2.0-liter Atkinson Cycle four-cylinder gasoline engine, paired with an electric motor, for a total output of 188 horsepower.

Ford says it has simultaneously increased hybrid efficiency and performance while reducing cost. The result is an expected payback period of two years for the hybrid technology premium compared with leading small crossovers. This is about half of the four-year period Ford research shows could trigger more mainstream hybrid sales.

The vehicle has a high roofline (63.9 inches) offering ample interior space and flexibility. C-MAX Hybrid offers 99.7 cubic feet of passenger space. For cargo, C-MAX Hybrid has 60/40 split-fold rear seats. The seats easily fold flat with 52.6 cubic feet of space behind the first row and 24.5 cubic feet behind the second row.

Of the C-MAX Hybrid’s regenerative braking, the company says it is able to capture 95 percent of braking energy that would be lost without the system and like the Focus Electric employs a Brake Coach feature that enables drivers to extend the vehicle’s driving range by optimizing braking technique.

Ford also says that the C-MAX Hybrid is capable of higher speeds in all-electric mode than the rival Toyota Prius v and expects around half of customers to be conquest sales from other brands and vehicles. It’s also attempting to position the C-MAX as the most affordable hybrid utility on the market with a base price of $25,995.

That slightly undercuts the Prius V, which currently lists for a base MSRP of $26,550 and is rated at 44 mpg city/40 mpg highway. Given the C-MAX’s higher fuel economy estimates and high feature content – including SYNC, MyFord Touch, optional Park Assist and hands-free rear liftgate – it will be interesting to see how it fares against its Toyota rival in the next 12 months.


  • RKnox

    So correct me if I’m wrong, seats 7, has more cargo space, better gas mileage, 50 more horsepower, and is cheaper than the Prius V. I can now trade in my Toyota SUV and increase my mpg savings by triple! When do they take preorders?

  • RKnox

    Correct me if I’m wrong, This seats 7, has more cargo space, better gas mileage, more horsepower and is cheaper than the Prius V. When can I preorder?

  • CharlesF

    Sorry RKnox, the C-Max only seats 5. The Grand C-Max, which the US is not getting and is not a hybrid, seats 7. The C-Max just 5. Still it is better MPG and cheaper. Not sure about the cargo space.

  • RKnox

    Charles, I actually read this on this site under Ford Cars CMAX and that in June Ford changed its mind and decided to deliver the CMAX as hybrid only not just ICE. I wonder why that didnt get a headline all by itself. Cargo space is roughly 10 cubic feet larger than Prius V according to this site also.

  • RKnox

    Charles, Not sure if this is posting I actually read this on this web site because of how it says fold down the “second rear seat” for cargo space and it stating seats 7. I went into the make section on this website and went to Ford CMax and in June Ford decided that CMAX would be hybrid in the USA not ICE. This decision came out last month according to Hybrid Cars. Also, the CMAX has 10+ cubic feet on PriusV.

  • Van

    Is it just me, or is the front end down right ugly? Why did they not put the new Fusion front on it? But with 47/44 Mileage, maybe I could grow to like it. :)

  • crissjohn97

    In a parallel hybrid vehicle, the single electric motor and the internal combustion engine are installed such that they can power the vehicle either individually or together. In contrast to the power split configuration typically only one electric motor is installed. Most commonly the internal combustion engine, the electric motor and gear box are coupled by automatically controlled clutches. For electric driving the clutch between the internal combustion engine is open while the clutch to the gear box is engaged. While in combustion mode the engine and motor run at the same speed.
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  • Bobkdkei eliej

    24 Cu Ft cargo vs 34 Cu Ft cargo for the Prius V…I’ll take the V over the C-Max. I can get 21 Cu Ft of cargo in a regular Prius that gets 50MPG average.

  • Suzycharles

    Yeah but that space should be used for something defferent. Anyway it is better now than before. Thanks,
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