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GREEN | 9 out of 10
C-Max Hybrid: 43 mpg city, 43 highway; 43 mpg Combined
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.
[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.
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.
The Ford C-Max Hybrid is EPA-rated at 47 mpg combined; and the Energi plug-in adds miles per gallon, in 'equivalent' theory.