Gallery: Ford Hybrids C-Max and Fusion Fail to Meet Fuel Economy Standa...


If you drive a Ford C-Max or a Ford Fusion Hybrid, you might want to double check the fuel economy of your car. Two of Ford’s hybrids, the C-Max and the Fusion, fell short of fuel economy targets when tested by Consumer Reports, said the Detroit automaker on Friday. But Ford isn’t shying away from this potentially embarrassing issue, saying that it wants to work with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to improve the way it determines fuel efficiency, claiming that the current testing methods leave too much to chance and produce erratic results.

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  1. plcfischer December 18, 2012 at 1:17 am

    The 10 and 12 MPG difference is for overall (Fusion and C-Max), not city. The city difference between the EPA and CR MPG estimates for the Fords (12 MPG, both) is closer than for the Prius (19), Prius C (16) and Civic Hybrid (16).

  2. msyin December 17, 2012 at 7:34 pm

    My Toyota Prius 2008 model year gets 53 mpg in the city and it gave me better than advertised mileage from the day I took it off the lot with a full tank of gas. I think Ford is going to have to go back to the drawing board not the test track to get their numbers more in line with other hybrids that have delivered. The new Toyota Prius gets even better mileage and it is heavier than my model, so really this is too large of a difference in real world driving verses the EPA results. I will say that how you drive a hybrid matters but Consumer Reports and The EPA are using real world driving techniques ( not going under the speed limit etc) to let regular drives know what they can expect making their results valuable and accurate for what a driver will do who has never driven a hybrid before. Ford, step up and make your next model better, this one just doesn’t cut it and trying to change the rules to get a better outcome might hurt you even more in the future.

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