47 mpg city, 47 mpg highway, 47 mpg combined
The facts are that in the real world not everyone can live with the restrictions required of an electric vehicle (EV) such as the Nissan LEAF. In keeping with the idea that better fuel economy is more desirable, assuming that all of your other driving needs are met, we think that it is important to bring you other alternatives that may suit your needs. The 2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid could be one such vehicle with its just announced EPA certified 47 miles per gallon (mpg) overall mileage.
C-Max Hybrid will also be available as a plug-in hybrid, though fuel economy numbers have not yet been released for that version. Both vehicles will be powered by a combination electric motor/gasoline engine powerplant mated to an electronic continuously variable transmission (CVT). The plug-in hybrid will get a larger battery pack (7.6 kilowatt hours (kWh) vs 1.4 kWh for the non plug-in). Either vehicle can be propelled by electricity alone, gasoline alone, or a combination of the two.
The C-Max Hybrid can be ordered now, while the plug-in model is called C-Max Energi and will be available later this year. Pricing for these 5-passenger hatchbacks will start at just under $26,000 including destination for the Hybrid. The Energi will be priced at just under $33,000 plus destination fees, bringing it closer to $34,000 before incentives. The Energi is expected to provide up to 20 miles of range in electric only mode. For many, this could be more than enough for around town errands and dropping the kids off at school, without ever using an ounce of gasoline. The advantage comes on those days when greater range is needed, it can be accommodated by the gasoline engine. Vehicles such as these could prove to be attractive alternatives for those seeking improved fuel economy while maintaining range autonomy.