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Ford C-Max Hybrid Earns Itself 47 MPG

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On: Fri, Aug 10, 2012 at 10:10AM | By: Chris Weiss

Ford C-Max Hybrid Earns Itself 47 MPG

Ford announces this week that the 2013 C-Max Hybrid is EPA certified at 47 mpg. The car gets a rare round EPA rating of 47 highway / 47 city. And, of course, that equates to 47 mpg combined. Take out the fours, and it's a jackpot of EPA certification.

The 47 mpg is just short of the Toyota Prius' 50 mpg combined, which leads non-plug-in hybrids. However, Ford is quick to point out that the C-Max Hybrid is the first hybrid to average 47 mpg for both city and highway driving. Most hybrids get a bump in city fuel economy thanks to regenerative braking, but the C-Max Hybrid keeps it level.

Though Ford mentions the C-Max Hybrid's even fuel economy several times in its press release, it doesn't do much to explain it, attributing it simply to a "growing list of Ford innovations that have helped the vehicle to deliver an impressive list of metrics, such as a top speed of up to 62 mph in EV mode."

Some general features that will help drivers maximize their own fuel economy include the Smart Gauge, which displays green leaves that grow as function of economical driving, and ECO Cruise, which helps optimize fuel economy for highway travel.

The C-Max Hybrid will roll into dealerships this fall. Its base price is $25,995, including delivery and destination.

In other C-Max news, Ford announced that the plug-in C-Max Energi has an electric top speed of 85 mph, some 20 mph higher than the Toyota Prius Plug-in. Ford previously mentioned that the Energi would have a higher top speed but didn't cite a specific figure. Ford says that the 85 mph represents the highest electric-only top speed among plug-in hybrids.


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