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The Ford C-Max Hybrid is EPA-rated at 47 mpg combined; and the Energi plug-in adds miles per gallon, in 'equivalent' theory.
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C-Max Hybrid: 43 mpg city, 43 highway; 43 mpg Combined
U.S. EPA

As in other Ford eco cars, a creeping-vine indicator tells at a glance how green you’re behaving.
Car and Driver

If you drive it with the A/C blasting, radio blaring, and the occasional jackrabbit start from a stoplight, you'll easily see 35-plus mpg.
Motor Trend

[Ford's] more compact and...smaller pack leaves room for a 13.5-gallon gas tank (versus 11.9-gallon in the Prius V) and a 570-mile driving range without refueling.
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in the time that the Ford C-Max has been on the market, a significant portion of owners have complained that they weren't able to get anything close to the last year's EPA ratings of 47 mpg city, 47 highway.

In the 2014 C-Max Hybrid, Ford has voluntarily cut those ratings to 43 mpg city, 43 highway, and is making payments to the owners of 2013 C-Max models to help make up for the discrepancy.

Simultaneously, Ford has introduced gearing changes that should keep the four-cylinder engine at lower revs; a host of minor changes that should help aerodynamics; and a new engine oil for reduced friction—all changes that should help close that discrepancy between the official estimates and real-world results.

As for the C-Max Energi, this plug-in model has been rated 44 mpg city, 41 highway, with an EPA rating of 43 mpg combines, or 100 miles per gallon equivalent (MPGe). This model can go a total of 620 miles on the entire tank, with a starting charge, including the 21 miles you can go on that charge.

For the Energi model, we've seen gasoline-only mileage averages in the same range as the Hybrid model—in the upper 30s to around 40 mpg on gasoline alone.

In both models, you get a special Eco Coach set of displays, oriented toward helping you understand the power flow of the powertrain and optimizing your use of charging, and of the hybrid system.

 

Conclusion

The Ford C-Max Hybrid is EPA-rated at 47 mpg combined; and the Energi plug-in adds miles per gallon, in 'equivalent' theory.

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