5. Ford C-Max Hybrid
The car still sells OK, and one of the reasons its mpg is so far below the Prius is the C-Max is faster – like 3-seconds faster to 60 mph.
That’s not bad, and to show you how far “green” cars have come, its low-to-mid 7-second 0-60 time, and mid-to-upper 15-second quarter mile potential is about equal to an early 1990s Mustang with 5.0-liter V8.
Go-power from 188 horses comes from a 2.0-liter Atkinson-cycle engine plus electric motor, which is more potent than the 1.8-liter 134-horsepewer system in the Prius – and as also found in another sporty possibility the Lexus CT200h.
Granted, the C-Max’s suspension and tires are only competent, not primed for maximum G-Force, and it uses a CVT transmission, but it is a nice car inside and out. Ford did engineer it to be kind of fun amongst hybrids and that much of its early marketing campaign making a frontal assault on Toyota was not hype.
Tuning parts could also help, for those so inclined.
Priced from the mid 20s, it uses a full hybrid powertrain with similarities to, and shared patents with, Toyota.
Ford’s C-Max is also very useful for its spaciousness. Its revised EPA rating is now 42 city, 37 highway, 40 combined.