Ford is taking its hybrid game pretty seriously, aiming to knock the Toyota Prius v off its pedestal with its 2013 C-Max Hybrid. The Dearborn-based automaker says it expects the C-Max Hybrid to achieve as much as 47 mpg when it undergoes EPA fuel economy testing, surpassing the slightly larger Prius v by 3 mpg.
Ostensibly replacing the Ford Focus wagon and the Escape Hybrid, the C-Max is a mini-minivan based on the Focus. It was originally designed for European customers, having both conventional gasoline and diesel engines overseas. But when it arrives in the U.S., the C-Max will only come in three electrified versions—a hybrid, a plug-in hybrid, and an all-electric version. Ford says the C-Max Hybrid will start at $25,995, but we’re not sure if that includes destination and handling at this point. For comparison, a base Toyota Prius v starts at $27,310, including destination and handling.
Ford has not released any other fuel economy numbers for its small people-hauler, but the automaker says more specific numbers will be available closer to the C-Max’s fall on-sale date.