Ford Prices C-MAX Energi At $33,745

Today, Ford Motor Company announced official pricing for its upcoming C-MAX Energi plug-in hybrid Multi-Purpose Vehicle. When it goes on sale this fall it will have a MSRP of $33,745 before subsidies.

The car is eligible for a $3,750 federal tax credit, which would bring the net price down to $29,995, and Michael O’Brien, electric vehicle marketing manager at Ford, offered his thoughts on the value proposition.

“The C-MAX Energi is within financial reach for those who want a hybrid, but is also something customers will want to reach for because of its unique look and amazing value,” he said. “It offers exceptional fuel economy, better features and a better price tag than a Prius plug-in hybrid, which we think will help make C-MAX Energi one of our most attractive vehicles for import customers.”

Ford says that cost savings on its current hybrid system are around 30 percent greater than the previous generation gas/electric powertrain; as a result, the company says it is passing those savings onto consumers. Greater commonality of components with other models also contributes to lower development and manufacturing costs for the C-Max.

The C-Max Energi employs a 2.0-liter Atkinson-cycle engine and a battery driven electric motor that collectively, generate 188 horsepower (195 hp with a full battery charge). With this setup, it is expected to be able to cover distances of more than 20 miles on pure electric power, with a total range of 550 miles on a full tank of fuel and a full battery charged.

The basic C-MAX, from which it’s derived, has sold more than 144,000 copies in Europe since the MPV’s debut there in 2010. And with conventional gas, hybrid and Energi models, Ford is betting that its C-segment MPV will attract a similar following here.

In California, the C-MAX Energi is expected to qualify for ZT-PZEV status, meaning that not only will it be eligible for solo motoring in carpool lanes; it will also qualify for an additional $1,500 state rebate. This; along with the high profile rep currently being enjoyed by hybrids and plug-in vehicles, will likely serve as a good promotional tool for helping generate interest and potential sales.


  • Van

    On the surface, i.e. we have seen no independent test analysis, the Ford C-max plug in costs about the same as a Prius PHV, after rebates, yet has a 20 mile plus EV range.

    Now if the charge sustaining mode mileage is north of 40 MPG, this is a home run.

  • Anonymous

    Let we now see Toyota V(an) plug-in with 20 miles EV range for $30k.

  • CharlesF

    The C-Max plug in hybrid costs $495 more than the base Prius plug in hybrid. That is not including destination charges. I could not find the C-Max destination charge.

    The C-Max looks to have an 8kwh battery versus the Prius’s 5kwh. I got that by looking at the IRS tax credit for each car. I am not sure Ford will really get 20+ miles all EV range with just an 8kwh battery, but they surprised me with the Focus EV range.

    It will be interesting to see the standard equipment for both cars. The Prius’s Advanced model adds just over $7500 to the price.

    The next big question is how many MPG will the extra battery weight cost the C-Max. If it can just come in one or two below the hybrid’s 47/44 they should have a winner.

    Looks like my next car!

  • CharlesF

    Two additions. First Ford has updated their website. The non-plug in hybrid C-Max now has a rating of 47 MPG city and highway. Second, you can price the plug in, including options. I guess with a bit of time I could do a base Prius vs C-Max comparison.

  • william

    What is the MPG when running only on gas? This is what sinks the Volt…

  • Mark S.

    williiam: the Volt’s ~40 mpg when in Extended Range mode is not much of an issue for many drivers, because of the 40+ mile range and “plug in anywhere” ability.

    Some Volt real world numbers: I have gone 4193 out of 4368 miles all battery-electric, no gas (or 95.9%) My estimated electric range has been holding steady at 50 miles on a full charge for a long time. Not sure what it actually is, as I almost never “run out”, but my last 41 mile trip the battery said “13 miles remaining”. I recently drove *112* miles all battery-electric just by charging at regular exterior 120V outlets (aka Level 1) at work and at a restaurant-pub. The 2013 Volt will have ~3 miles MORE range than my 2012 due to improved battery chemistry permitting an additional .5 kWh usage.

    So anyone considering a CMAX or PIP this fall should who doesn’t need a 5 passenger vehicle should also test drive the Volt. Take it for 24 hours, take it home, charge it up while you sleep, drive to work, get your employer to let you plug in, drive home, to the store, etc. See if you need to use any gas. I don’t. My wife used up the 3 gallons of gas the Volt came with from the dealer, and then put in a few gallons. That was the one and only time it has been to a gas station. It was over 2 months ago.

  • Modern Marvel Fan

    @CharlesF,

    Prius Plugin actually has a 4.4KWh battery. Pip does NOT stay in EV mode during hard acceleration and above 62mph. I think the C-max energi is similar. EPA only rated Prius Plugin an useless 6 miles Electric Only range (Mixed 13 miles). If the C-Max operates the same way, then I imagine that C-Max will get the same 6 miles Electric Only range as EPA “floor” the car at 6th miles in its test loop…

    8KWh is usually good enough for 28 miles (3.5miles per KWh) to 40 miles (5Miles per KWh) in range in cars such as Volt, Leaf or Focus EV. I am surprised that Ford only claim 20 miles range unless its “EV” mode is NOT efficient or its motor is lacking power. It is probably a combination of both…

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  • David

    Tantalizingly close, these new versions of the C-Max and Volt…

    I can’t really take the plunge until we get into the 75-100 mile range. Since my 30MPG Camry is paid off, I can’t justify a new $400-$500/mo car payment to save only $100-$150/mo in gas as my commute is 30 miles each way.

    Now – if I were able to do virtually all-electric… I wouldn’t even have oil changes to worry about.

  • Mark S.

    @David: Will your employer let you charge at work from a regular outlet? I commute 35 miles each way and do as such, and always fully charged. With the gas savings and factoring in your small increase in electric bill of around only $20, you should save AT LEAST a net $150 on your monthly commute. A Volt lease payment is $300-$350; purchase would be $400-$500 depending on down payment. Thats at 0%. (i chose to buy to get the tax credit and so in effect my payment will drop to the same As the lease payment after tax time next gear) Subtract your gas (and maintenance) saving from that and your are looking at a car payment of $150 to $300 to drive one of the most advance and efficient vehicles on the planet…with negligible additional fuel costs. No other vehicle on the market now or coming soon offers the combination of real world range, savings, and performance of the Volt. Negatives are the 4 passenger seating and lower than Prius mpg in extended range (which I almost never need).

  • Chuck in NJ……

    To all those PHEV Prius haters……

    Just would like to clear up some misinformation…..the Prius Plug In Vehicle exceeds ALL OF THE ESTIMATES on SAVINGS via the sticker of the 2013 Volt…..Yes the 98 Mpge is more than Prius BUT the Plug In Prius still exceeds the efficiency of the Gas engine on the Volt 50 mpg vs. 37 mpg…..I hate to tell all of those Prius HATERS that I have owned a 2010 Prius Liftback and at the time I traded the 2010 Prius for the PHEV Plug IN Prius the 2010 already was boasting 56 Mpg./Hybrid/Electric……

    I have my PHEV Prius Plug In for 4 months at this point ….each tankful of Gasoline has given me in this order miles wise…..1172…..1213…..1235…..1279…..filling up once per month only……the Mpge in the same order as stated to match the miles driven have been totally amazing….. 100 Mpge…..106 Mpge……105 Mpge…..110 Mpge…….CURRENTLY as of July 25 the PHEV has 1345 on the Hybrid Indicator and the Mpge at this point stays steady at an amazing 122 Mpge…..Toyota always underestimates the capacity of there vehicles …..I should know since I have had 4 of their Hybrid Synergy Drive Vehicles but just so the credit goes where it should lie these are my figures thus far…..I have spent 120.00 over the past 4 months driving the Prius Plug In PHEV Advanced Model…filling up only once per month has been a panic ….just to make anyone who doubts Toyotas theories about smaller batteries and charging with each opportunity …..it works VERY WELL for me…..this was just to give you ALL something to think about…..I will never buy an ALL ELECTRIC Vehicle….Efficient Hybrids can do just as well as ALL ELECTRICS hands down and the fact is the engine is always there if the Electric Portion of the Vehicle fails for some reason and vice versa……driving with confidence means for less anxiety……the last portion I would like to clear up is that the ICE Engine on the PHEV Plug In Prius DOES NOT COME ON unless you reach 62 Mph and if you push the accelorator to the floor……. forcing the throttle to kick on the EFFICIENT ENGINE…… the Vehicle immediately returns to ALL ELECTRIC instantaneously……the reason Toyota came out with the PHEV was to offer the consumer an Extended All ELECTRIC Prius Model…they as usual did us all well……Toyota bravo……TRUE HYBRID VEHICLES will ALWAYS have a place in the Electrification of driving a well made dependable Vehicle

  • Jen in New Jersey

    We are thinking about purchasing a hybrid/electric vehicle but have some questions for those of you who own a Prius, Volt, etc. From what we’ve read, it sounds like the prius might be the best car for long distance commuting (40 miles each way). We commute during the week but then do a lot of short distance driving on the weekends. Any thoughts, suggestions about which car we should be looking at is appreciated.