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Prius v Versus Ford C-Max Hybrid: Comparing Real-World Fuel Economy

  
  
  

Wellesley Toyota Prius vWe've already covered the major points of comparison between the Toyota Prius v and the Ford C-MAX Hybrid, but many of our customers are interested in the fuel economy of these two models. We've had to rely on EPA fuel economy ratings to compare the two models, but now we have some real-world ratings from none other than Wayne Gerdes, founder of CleanMPG.com and holder of the Guinness World Record for lowest fuel consumption in a hybrid. 

You can read what he wrote here: CleanMPG Tests the Ford C-MAX Hybrid 

The EPA rates the Ford C-MAX Hybrid at 47/47/47 mpg city/highway/combined, but what Gerdes experienced fell well short of the numbers advertised on the Monroney.

Gerdes gathered a Toyota Prius v, a Toyota Prius liftback, and a 2013 Ford C-MAX Hybrid and put them to the test in the following exercises:

  • Long-distance 365.0-mile all-highway route
  • 22.8-mile all-city route
  • Maximum effort 14.5-mile round-trip fuel economy drive
  • Speed vs. fuel economy data and graphs
And here are the results from each test after topping off the tank and breaking out the calculator:
  • Long distance: C-MAX 35.537 mpg | Prius v 40.768 mpg | Prius liftback 43.298 mpg
  • All-City route: C-MAX 52 mpg | Prius v 55.8 mpg | Prius liftback not reported
  • Maximum effort: C-MAX 72.1 mpg | Prius v 99.9 mpg | Prius liftback 99.9 mpg
  • Speed vs Fuel Economy:
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We think the differences here are pretty clear, and Gerdes does a great job explaining everything in length, so there's simply no question that the C-MAX doesn't deliver on its claims of besting the Prius v in fuel economy.

Want a vehicle that not only matches but exceeds its EPA fuel economy ratings? Visit our Toyota Prius dealership in MA. No smoke. No mirrors. Just facts you can count on. That's the Wellesley Toyota way. 

 

 

 

 

Comments

Open letter to Ford: 
 
I thought my 2013 C-MAX would be a Prius Killer? NOT! As a returning Ford buyer I feel deceived. I want to support US companies and US jobs. What was Ford thinking when they published 47/ 47/47 estimates? Based on the advertised EPA estimates, I would have been ok with low 40's but 28-33 mpg is not even in the ballpark. This is not an issue about EPA testing standards, but rather an issue about setting false customer expectations in order to promote sales. Ford's "47MPG" marketing campaign tarnished what should have been the roll out of a truly remarkable vehicle, the CMAX. Real world MPG estimates should have been promoted in the mid-30's. No one would have questioned those numbers and the CMAX would have received the accolades it deserves. How these MPG estimates made it through Ford corporate is beyond me! Maybe it was the rush to go to market? 
 
I have been accused of not knowing how to drive hybrid. For the record, during the last three years I have leased both a 2010 Prius and 2010 Honda Insight Hybrid, and consider myself an experienced hyper-miler. My mileage in the Prius is 50 plus, the Insight is 40 plus. The C-MAX is a well-built car, with extremely inflated EPA estimates.  
 
I respectfully request that this matter be investigated as soon as possible. My efforts to deal with this locally and through Ford customer service have frustrated me to no end. The constant response? "You need to learn to how to drive hybrid type of vehicle ". Is there a difference how I drive Prius Hybrid vs. the CMAX hybrid? I think we all know the answer to that. I need someone at Ford to reach out to me and assist in a proactive manner so we can put this matter to rest. I have opted not to join the class action lawsuit regarding this matter in order to explore my resolution options with Ford directly feeling this was the most honest approach to the matter. Can I expect the same from Ford in return? 
 
Respectfully submitted,  
 
Ronald Kramer  
Yankee Ford Customer 
South Portland, Maine 
 
 
PO Box 2517 
South Portland, ME 04116
Posted @ Monday, March 11, 2013 7:46 PM by Ron Kramer
YOU FELLOW COUNTRYMEN HAVE DONE A GREAT JOB STOPPING THE YANKEE THREAT TO OUR HYBRID BUSINESS. WE CAN'T LET THE AMERICANS GET A FOOTHOLD IN OUR HYBRID BUSINESS. PLEASE CONTINUE TO DISCREDIT THEIR MILEAGE CLAIMS,EVEN THOUGHT THEY ARE CORRECT AT 47 MPG.
Posted @ Monday, April 01, 2013 7:30 PM by HIROHITO
These Toyotas are make in the U.S. now.
Posted @ Tuesday, July 02, 2013 5:12 AM by Barbara Boeh
Toyota and Ford vehicles are basically known for its high efficiency and better performance. While comparing in between two vehicles Toyota Prius and Ford C-MAX Hybrid, we have found multiple facts about both the vehicles. In my point of view both the vehicles are consisting of better response as according to their performance, the above graph also describes the reality. 
Posted @ Tuesday, March 25, 2014 4:40 AM by Alvin Swann
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