Ford Fusion hybrid fuel efficiency

Independent tests of Fusion and C-MAX Hybrid MPG's lower than EPA certification

Several reports are now showing both the Ford Fusion Hybrid and Ford C-MAX Hybrid to have lower MPG's than the EPA certified fuel efficiency ratings.

Sometimes the EPA certified fuel efficiency (MPG) rating of a car is inaccurate. On Thursday, Consumer reports released a news item saying that their testing of the Ford Fusion Hybrid and Ford C-MAX Hybrid came up with a lower MPG rating than the EPA-certified results. Turns out that others have noted the same result, and that there is a shadow of doubt over how the EPA fuel efficiency certification is carried out.

Both the Ford C-MAX Hybrid and Fusion Hybrid are EPA certified for 47 MPG in city, highway and combined measurements. This sort of fuel efficiency is part of Ford's strategy to win market share away from Toyota and Honda, and Ford's product planners see a customer base moving toward green vehicles. Early sales results are showing Ford's electrified vehicles are coming on strong, especially against Toyota's offerings.


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I think the context of these economy ratings remains an important factor to consider. The C-Max was just released into winter driving conditions, wherein oxygenated fuel is the norm as is a higher degree of AC assisted defroster use. Throw in a slight hit for rain soaked highways as well, and I think it is fair to suggest that it's too soon to call this one yet. It looks like they lied, but more data is clearly needed.