Ford is understandably proud of its C-Max Hybrid vehicle and continues to tout the car’s fuel sipping prowess compared to the Toyota Prius V. The C-Max Hybrid was rated by the EPA for 47 mpg in the city and 47 mpg on the highway. That 47 mpg rating both in the city and on the highway is unusual. Typically, hybrids have better fuel efficiency in the city.
Ford is now bragging that it’s C-Max can drive 570 miles on a single tank of gas. By comparison, the Toyota Prius V is capable of driving only 450 miles on a single tank of fuel. That means that the C-Max driver can go an additional 120 miles before stopping to fill up with fuel compared to the Toyota.
The C-Max driver won’t be spending a lot of time at the gas station. The 570-mile driving range on a full thinking gas is enough fuel to take a driver from Los Angeles to Las Vegas and back on a single tank. Hybrid vehicles are traditionally more efficient in the city because they often take advantage of start/stop technology and regenerative braking.
Ford used a number of innovations in the C-Max that allows the efficiency to continue at highway speeds where there is no start and stop driving. Not only is the C-Max Hybrid more fuel-efficient than Prius V while offering an extra 120 miles of driving per tank of fuel, it’s also cheaper. The C-Max starts at a base price of $25,995.
That’s $1300 cheaper than comparable Prius V. Other features of the C-Max Hybrid include EV mode where the vehicle can travel on battery power alone up to 62 mph. The vehicle also has 188 net horsepower making it more powerful than the Prius V. The C-Max also has more passenger space than the Toyota as well.