The C-Max hybrid has seen its mpg demoted twice from a blindly optimistic, and never actually tested combined mpg of 47 to 43 to 40, and the market has chastised Ford for that, but guess what?

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.