It may be long overdue, but Ford will sell two Prius fighters next year which, on paper seem to have their work cut out for them: the C-Max Hybrid and C-Max Energi plug in hybrid.
Pricing is not yet in the picture, but we can report that both the conventional hybrid and the plug in hybrid will out perform their Prius counterparts in terms of fuel economy. The C-Max Hybrid is expected to achieve better fuel economy than Toyota Prius v
The Ford C-Max Energi plug-in hybrid variant will be able to pull off a range of 500 miles more than the Chevrolet Volt and the Prius Plug-in Hybrid.
Click here for more details on the 2013 Ford C-MAX Hybrid and the Ford C-MAX Energi.
“C-MAX is the right car for the time as it combines the dynamics and quality of a traditional car with the versatility of a MAV and leading fuel efficiency that you cannot even get from Toyota,” said Sherif Marakby, director of Ford’s Electrification Programs and Engineering.
Proper road testing will likely determine whether this is hyperbole drawn from statistics or is indeed valid; given that the cargo capacities and drivetrain options of the prius and the C-Max are similar, though the Fords boast electric operation at higher speeds than other hybrids currently on the market. If you are interested in saving fuel with Ford and buying American, you may do so in the second quarter of 2012.
– By: Sawyer Sutton