Ford C-MAX Energi tops Prius as most fuel-efficient plug-in
The all-new 2013 Ford C-MAX Energi is going to save consumers money at the pump by getting an EPA certified 108 MPGe in the city. The fuel-stingy C-MAX Energi plug-in hybrid will get a best-in-class combined rating of 100 MPGe which is 5 MPGe better than the Toyota Prius plug-in hybrid. Ford touts the new C-MAX Energi as America’s most affordable plug-in-hybrid. With a starting price of $29,995, it beats the Prius ($32,000) as the most affordable plug-in hybrid. The price of the new C-MAX Energi is figured after federal tax credits.
The EPA says on their label the new C-MAX Energi will save consumers $7,000 in fuel costs over five years compared to the average new vehicle. Ford says at $5-per gallon fuel costs, (in California) if a consumer trades in a 23 mpg vehicle for a new C-MAX Energi, it would save the owner $1.25 per gallon for traveling the same distances.
Ford’s first plug-in hybrid
The 2013 C-MAX Energi is the first production plug-in hybrid from Ford. The MAV (multi-activity vehicle) is a five passenger car that falls under a new category of production vehicles for the EPA. That group includes the Ford Focus Electric at 110 MPGe in the city and the Fusion Energi plug-in hybrid, due out in early 2013, that is projected to get 100+ MPGe. Ford is committed to producing fuel-efficient cars and their new lineup reflects that.