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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|42 MPG City / 37 MPG Hwy||51 MPG City / 49 MPG Hwy||44 MPG City / 40 MPG Hwy||20 MPG City / 43 MPG Hwy|
|Gas/Electric I4||Gas/Electric I4||Gas/Electric I4||Gas I5|
|Large Car||Midsize Cars||Midsize Station Wagon||Mid-Size|
|5-Door HB SEL||5-Door HB Two (SE)||5-Door Wagon Two (GS)||4-Door Sedan 2.5L Manual S|
|Front-wheel drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive|
|Hatchback||Hatchback||Wagon||4 Door Sdn|
|Continuously Variable Ratio||Continuously Variable Ratio||Continuously Variable Ratio||Manual|
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|2013 Ford C-Max vs. 2013 Toyota Prius||2013 Ford C-Max vs. 2013 Toyota Prius V||2013 Ford C-Max vs. 2013 Volkswagen Passat|