2013 Ford C-MAX Energi

Ford C-MAX Energi has faster electric mode than any other plug-in hybrid

Ford is hitting it out of the park besting Toyota on fuel efficiency, speed and performance numbers with the C-MAX Energi versus the Toyota Prius family.

The Ford C-MAX Energi, a plug-in hybrid version of the Ford C-MAX, is part of Ford's push to gain market share from Toyota and Honda in hybrid and electric cars. The C-MAX is coming to America from Europe where it has become popular since it was introduced in 2010, and while in Europe it is sold with gasoline and diesel drive trains, in America the C-MAX will be available only as a Hybrid and Plug-in Hybrid. Today, Ford announced more details about the C-MAX Energi showing that it beats the Toyota Prius V in several key measures.

The Ford C-MAX series is a five passenger "multi-activity vehicle" with a size similar to the Prius V. It has a 2.0-liter DOHC inline four-cylinder,
Atkinson cycle engine used as both power assist and to recharge the battery pack. With a fully charged battery, C-MAX Energi is rated at 195 total system horsepower, versus 188 horsepower for Toyota Prius. It is expected to be EPA certified with 550 miles of total range, and a whopping 95 mpg equivalent (MPGe) fuel efficiency. This is double the fuel efficiency of the C-MAX Hybrid, which offers 47 MPG. Additionally the C-MAX should qualify for the green HOV sticker in California, due to its AT-PZEV rating. It will be available this fall, with an MSRP of $33,745, qualifying for a $3,750 federal tax credit and tax credits up to $1,500 in California.

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