The 2013 Ford C-MAX Energi has earned another major victory in its battle to knock the Toyota Prius off its green throne, earning the highest fuel-efficiency rating for a plug-in hybrid in America with an EPA certified 100 MPGe combined.
The C-MAX Energi received a rating of 108 MPGe City, and its overall rating of 100 MPGe bests that of the Toyota Prius plug-in by about 5 MPGe. The C-MAX is also cheaper, priced at $29,995 while the Prius starts around $32,000. Both models will be available at dealerships in early 2013.
The rating is a major milestone for Ford, in their continued efforts to establish themselves not only as the most fuel efficient American brand but as the greenest automaker in the world. The C-MAX Energi is based on the C-MAX Hybrid, which we profiled in an edition of Pop The Hood, here, and also bested its Prius counterpart in fuel efficiency. The Focus Electric is available in limited quantities now, and keep your eye out for the Fusion Energi in the next few months.
With gas prices rising drastically in recent weeks, sales of fuel efficient vehicles may see a spike and the battle between Ford and Toyota could only heat up.
Ford – Official Site
Toyota – Official Site
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