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Ford C-Max Hybrid

Ford tries to beat the Prius V by bringing this hybrid to the United States.

28, 2012 10:30 AM Text A. A. A

On-Sale Date: Fall

Price: $25,995 to $32,280 SE to optioned SEL; includes delivery)

Competitors: Toyota V, Mazda5, Subaru Impreza

Powertrain: 2.0-liter I4 with hybrid; 188 hp total; CVT, FWD

EPA Economy (city/hwy): 47/47 mpg

New: Aimed squarely at the Toyota Prius, Ford’s Hybrid brings a 50-hp more passenger room, and higher fuel-economy ratings to the (the Toyota makes 40 mpg and 42 overall compared with the 47/47). It also undercuts the of the comparable Prius V by $1300. By its the European-market, Focus-based C-Max hatchback, which was introduced in but not previously sold in America, achieved a distinct body an important factor for hybrid intent on making a statement engineering a unique platform.

Tech Tidbit: Ford its own lithium-ion battery packs More compact and potent the nickel metal hydride batteries in previous Ford (and still used by the smaller pack leaves for a 13.5-gallon gas tank (versus in the Prius V) and a 570-mile driving without refueling. And that a real-world 42.2 mpg; no doubt will fill discussions with boasts of more than 600 miles stops.

Ford C-Max Hybrid

Driving Character: The polished of the Focus platform and the C-Max’s power advantage over a combine to form a hybrid you can with, as we found on two-lane roads east of Malibu, Because it’s heavier and has a center of gravity than the (despite the mass of the battery low and to the the C-Max wouldn’t be a driving first choice for fun. But the of the CVT at least provides appreciable even uphill.

The electronic stability control a hand without being and the standard 17-inch wheels 225/50-R tires provide a of cornering grip far beyond you’d expect for this

Favorite Detail: Storage under the rear seats a place to stow the clutter of and ends kids tend to This offsets (though a little) the one comparison between the and Prius that tilts Toyota’s way: cargo with the rear seat 52.6 cubic feet in versus 67.1 in Prius V.

Driver’s Grievance: Althought the infotainment system has improved each generation, there’s a steep learning curve new will have to climb. is more an issue for multidriver than for the person who will it daily and settle into the that work best for him or

The Bottom Line: Even gas prices on the uptick, it’s to justify the extra buy-in of a hybrid. But the 47-mpg rating and price advantage of the C-Max make the argument stronger for the than for the Toyota Prius V. goal here seems not to be a lot of Prius loyalists to switch but rather to claim a bigger of a growing segment. And with the the automaker is walking a clever appealing simultaneously to the make-a-statement crowd seeking a distinctive-looking car and to the larger number of customers who want a good, fuel-efficient

vehicle that goes an ordinary Ford Focus.

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