2013 Ford C-Max vs. Its Competition

2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid, Los Angeles, August 2012
John Voelcker John Voelcker Senior Editor

The 2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid slots neatly between the two largest Toyota Prius models, the five-door Liftback (at 50 mpg combined) and the larger, slower Prius V wagon (at 42 mpg combined).

Ford compares it to both, and they're the only five-door hybrids in the class.

While the Prius line can boast a rock-solid reputation for gas mileage and reliability, the C-Max is clearly more pleasant to drive--and more stylish inside, if less distinctive outside.

The 2013 Ford Fusion Hybrid, yet to be launched, may compete with the C-Max Hybrid in showrooms, but the hybrid Fusion sedan it's for buyer who don't want the world to know they own a hybrid.

Another sedan option is the Hyundai Sonata Hybrid, though its drivetrain isn't nearly as smooth as the Toyotas or Ford C-Max.

Finally, for buyers interested in a different kind of fuel efficiency, there's the new, large Volkswagen Passat TDI, with a clean diesel engine that delivers mileage almost as good as the hybrids.

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7.8
The 2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid is the first head-to-head challenger for the Toyota Prius since that car grabbed the green mantle a decade ago--and in many ways, the Ford's a better daily driver.
8.8
The 2013 Ford Fusion Hybrid makes an extraordinary leap forward in fuel economy--but also, in its appealing looks and handling.
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The 2013 Toyota Prius is a spacious, practical mid-size hatchback that will hold five people and their gear, while remaining the highest-mileage car sold without a plug.
7.4
The 2013 Toyota Prius V is by far the roomiest Prius in the lineup, and its 42-mpg combined mileage is hard to beat. It's far from the fastest or most powerful family wagon, and it faces a new competitor, the Ford C-Max Hybrid--but it's still a capacious, comfortable, and highly fuel-efficient family wagon.
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Marginally less refined than the last version, today's VW Passat hits important marks with excellent diesel fuel economy, superior passenger space and top safety scores.
MSRP From     
N/AN/A$25,650$23,215$26,650$20,845
Gas Mileage     
36 MPG City / 40 MPG Hwy51 MPG City / 48 MPG Hwy44 MPG City / 40 MPG Hwy20 MPG City / 43 MPG Hwy
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N/AN/A4-Door Sedan5-Door HB Two (Natl)5-Door Wagon Two (GS)4-Door Sedan 2.5L Manual S PZEV
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N/AN/AFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
N/AN/A5555
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N/AN/ASedanHatchbackWagon4 Door Sdn
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N/AN/AAutomaticContinuously Variable RatioContinuously Variable RatioManual