• jlance avatar jlance Posted: 11/8/2012 10:56am PST

    I have a 2013 CMAX Hybrid so I'll note my opinion. BACKGROUND: I drive it mainly on the highway commuting to work (small hilly terrain, no mountains). I've had it about 1 month and it now has 1200 miles (yes I drive a lot, hence why I got it for the mileage). It does have EV+ and switches to more electric near common locations. I also use the ECO cruise option on the highway.

    MILEAGE: Nowhere close to the EPA estimates. Sometimes in the city if the battery is cold it's as low as 20 mpg. I have occasionally (and I mean rarely) hit 38-40 on the highway. I sometimes get better in the city, but that's even rarer. Overall MPG (according to the car) is 34.3 MPG which is about right based on my estimate. Overall, I'm fairly disappointed.

  • jlance avatar jlance Posted: 11/8/2012 11:09am PST

    PS: It takes regular gas and drive nice (better than the Prius which I also test drove). Tire pressure is also fine and weather has been about between 50-70 and sunny, so I'm not using a lot of heat or A/C (I even turned it off yesterday and it seemed to make no difference in MPG).

  • ptjones avatar ptjones Posted: 11/11/2012 9:33am PST

    I also have C-Max and have gotten 47mpg hwy working at drafting on the freeways around Atlanta and calculating miles/actual gallons first fill up. The dealer put Premium fuel in it and I think it made a difference. My second fill up mainly city I got 44mpg on regular gas. My total average is 44.5MPG on about 900 miles. Gas mileage goes down with outside temps. I'm averaging 50% EV mode. Ford uses a very aggressive recharging strategy and you have to let off the gas to get into EV mode and then back on it to keep speed, it takes a light touch. C-MAX hybrid system is very different from Escape HD and Prius.

  • fb_729875560 avatar fb_729875560 Posted: 11/27/2012 8:00am PST

    I have a C-Max too, with almost 5k miles on it. I'm getting about 35-36 mpg. I'm going to have my first oil change soon, and I've heard this can help. If it doesn't, I won't be happy. If this is the mileage it is going to get I would have bought a 2012 Civic and saved 15K.

    And btw, there are several websites with drivers tracking their mileage (fueleconomy.gov is one), and most other manufacturers get a little higher than their advertised mpg. The C-Max is getting 40mpg on average. This isn't a "driver" issue. This is a false advertising issue.

  • ptjones avatar ptjones Posted: 12/3/2012 7:48am PST

    I would recommended you go to fordcmaxhybridforum.com and fuelly.com to keep track of your gas mileage. Sorry to say this is a combination of optimistic EPA numbers should be around 43mpg and drivers need to be trained to drive a C-MAX. With 2.5k my average is 44.9mpg. I'm looking at making a center grill cover for sale which has shown a 3mpg improvement at 70mph. I'm curious what your driving conditions are. You can email me at paul@star-instruments.com

  • fb_1559222512 avatar Xiaolong Posted: 10/22/2012 11:16am PDT

    Ford needs a "serious eco" mode to help the car to achieve those EPA numbers. At the end of day, it is physics. Better performing car will use more energy. So, detune the car to "Prius" level performance (at least do it in ECO mode) so people can get Prius type of MPG...

  • Papchas1 avatar Papchas1 Posted: 10/22/2012 10:12pm PDT

    Well my PREDICTIONS held very TRUE about my 6 or 7 Ford Explorers that NEVER ACHIEVED what the manufacturer quoted or sticker wise...I said when the CMAX and the Energi were first introduced that the weight of either vehicle was almost 800 lbs. more than the Prius Plug IN and that the Hybrid model was 400 lbs HEAVIER than the Toyota Camry Hybrid,....NO WAY with that weight and the larger horsepower will these numbers hold TRUE....Well Ford has done it once more...I was REALLY hoping that for once the numbers would hold up BUT guess the reasons are apparent if you want performance a HYbrid is not made for such purposes and just because it is more powerful it does NOT mean that it will be efficient as the KING PriUS...

  • fb_1559222512 avatar Xiaolong Posted: 10/23/2012 11:12am PDT

    Maybe some people want a "balance" between performance AND MPG.

    Volt is heavier than Prius Plugin, but it performs better than the Pip. And it seems to match its gas mileage vs EPA's rating. It definetly beats EPA's EV range though...

  • fb_531617291 avatar fb_531617291 Posted: 10/23/2012 12:47am PDT

    Well I would say that Ford needs "EPA Mode" where it will be possible for a common driver to achieve EPA numbers..

  • MrEnergyCzar avatar MrEnergyCzar Posted: 10/22/2012 2:12pm PDT

    Ford has the whole plug-in line-up covered now...2013 should be a good year for them...especially if gas is high...


  • drees avatar drees Posted: 10/22/2012 9:54pm PDT

    It sure seems that the 43 mpg combined that the Energi is said by Ford to be rated is more realistic than the EPA rating of the Hybrid for whatever reason...

    The C-CMAX is a tall vehicle with a good deal more frontal area than the Prius - I wonder how much of a difference cruising at 65 mph vs 75 mpg makes in this vehicle. I'd bet that mpg goes up from 40 mpg to at least 44 mpg which would put it within the margin of error of the EPA ratings...

  • Papchas1 avatar Papchas1 Posted: 10/22/2012 10:21pm PDT

    NO WAY sorry...they BOTH CMAX AND ENERGI are much tooooo heavy for the purpose of an ECONOMY vehicle....its larger engine and heavy weight will bring down what FOrd Claims...they are the Worst FOR HOLDING UP WHAT THE true RATINGS ARE....prius is still king THE MISTAKE THEY MADE WAS TO TRY AND BEAT THE pRIUS OR PLUG IN PRIUS WITH larger horsepower and a larger engine 2.0 vs.1.8 Prius no way are these vehicles made for economy....faster does not mean more economical in this case..I new it from the time they were introduced weight would be REAL game changer....3 seperate road tests I have read are less than 40 MPG whether it was all city or combined Highway/City or either the numbers were not close at all...good try Ford...u gotta beat 60 MPG

  • john_v avatar John Posted: 10/23/2012 5:33am PDT

    @Charles: This is your friendly site moderator here. Could I respectfully suggest that you use fewer CAPITAL LETTERS in your comments?

    They are the equivalent of shouting, which is somewhat rude, and they make it harder to read your thoughts.

    Thanks in advance.

  • Papchas1 avatar Papchas1 Posted: 10/23/2012 6:51am PDT

    Sorry understand completely...so u know I am death in one ear a birth defect and that is why i show my feelings in writing...not meant to harm anyone...some people have to yell forme to hear with my hearing device...also I cannot present easily in speech either ...so I can get exhausted trying to express my self in many cases....sorry mr Voelcker....

  • john_v avatar John Posted: 10/23/2012 8:46am PDT

    @Charles: No worries, just figured I'd mention it. Thanks for your various comments; we're happy to have you as a reader.

  • drees avatar drees Posted: 10/23/2012 2:32am PDT

    Man, I really should proofread my posts better. :-( I think you guys can understand what I meant in there.

  • usbseawolf2000 avatar usbseawolf2000 Posted: 10/23/2012 1:40pm PDT

    It seems C-Max Hybrid has a path prediction algorithm to optimize for better fuel economy. The more you drive the same route over and over again, the higher MPG it'll get.

    There is EV+ mode that you can turn off to disable the path prediction. I assume John V drove it with it on (believed to be the default).

  • fb_1559222512 avatar Xiaolong Posted: 10/23/2012 2:25pm PDT

    Does Prius use the same thing? Is that also called "performance reducer"? hahah

  • fb_100000502624690 avatar John Posted: 10/23/2012 3:59pm PDT

    Did someone check the tire-pressure? Could it have been low at 33psi or somethign other than what would give good mileage on the hwy?

  • georgepolowick avatar georgepolowick Posted: 10/25/2012 10:27pm PDT

    Even this is a long way from the statement from Ford a few years ago that said "Ford had no plans for an electric vehicle now or in the future". Things must have changed since then. Maybe they thought Mr. Fords wifes electric car was the last Ford would ever see. Things have changed, I wonder why.

  • johnny mars avatar johnny mars Posted: 10/26/2012 6:50am PDT

    Does the C-Max require high-test fuel? That would also kill its economy. I drove one the other day and it felt stable, quiet, and responsive, but the as-you-go gas mileage readings were in the 20's most of the time. Why can't for desing an "eco" button for the real misers out there who want to beat the Prius figures? Maybe include cylinder de-activation?

  • winron avatar winron Posted: 11/28/2012 9:29am PST

    I traded in my 2009 Volkswagen Diesel Jetta Sportwagen for a new 2013 C-Max Sel. I'm saving .60 to 80 per gallon for fuel. With a little over 1100 miles on the C-Max I'm averageing 43.2 miles per gallon. That's local and highway miles. I do notice with the colder weather the gas engine comes on sooner, so I expect the milage to drop. the best average I've had so far is 44.2 MPG. I don't think it will ever reach the advertised MPG of 47. I think the car has a quality ride and I'm very pleased with the MPG when I compare it with my VW.

  • fb_1156357946 avatar fb_1156357946 Posted: 9/26/2013 5:03pm PDT

    We purchased a C-Max with great anticipation. We had an Altima Hybrid that never lived up to the gas mileage claims, although it was within an acceptable range. So far we have less than 3000 miles on the car and we are averaging low 30's. I run the display to show acceleration, braking, and cruising results. I have tried to get maximum results across all three and so far my best mileage result has been 37 mpg, far short of the 47 suggested. Most of our drives are short hops, but our highway treks have not shown any improvement in results. I certainly would be happier to be posting low 40's on average. Not sure once the car is serviced will result in better mileage. I have checked other forums where "owners" are claiming 40 - 50+ averages.