Topping Ford’s own estimates, the 2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid has achieved official Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) ratings of 47 mpg city, 47 mpg highway, and 47 mpg combined fuel economy.
Ford had anticipated a 47-mpg city rating, but also earned a 47-mpg on the highway cycle, 3 mpg higher than expected. All three numbers beat the EPA numbers for the 2012 Toyota Prius V (44/40/42 mpg) and 2012 Honda Civic Hybrid (44/44/44 mpg). The hybrid fuel economy leader remains the Prius liftback at 51/48/50 mpg.
Ford says the 2013 C-Max Hybrid is the first hybrid to achieve 47 mpg across the board. The C-Max Hybrid also achieves a top speed of 62 mph in all-electric mode.
The hatchback bows later this year with new features to the hybrid class, including the hands-free power liftgate already offered in the 2013 Escape crossover.
The five-passenger 2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid goes on sale nationwide this fall with a base price of $29,995, including destination and delivery charges. A few months after the C-Max Hybrid hits the streets, its sibling, the 2013 C-Max Energi plug-in hybrid will roll out in stages. The company claims that C-Max Energi will have an electric range that’s twice that of the 2012 Toyota Prius Plug-in hybrid.