The figures for the C-Max Energi, the plug-in version of the C-Max Hybrid, have been finalized: the Energi can drive 21 miles on electric-only mode, up to a total of 620 miles with a full tank of gasoline.
That’s a trip from Portland to Twin Falls, Idaho, Ford helpfully points out: the largest city in the Magic Valley and home to Evel Knievel’s attempted jump over the nearby Snake River Canyon. Ford doesn’t expect drivers to replicate the event, but anticipates no stops along I-84 for gasoline fill-ups. If only drivers’ bladders were so extensively equipped.
And helpfully, Ford says that the C-Max Energi delivers higher range than Toyota’s Prius, its archnemesis: the plug-in Prius can drive up to 540 miles, considerably less than the C-Max.
The C-Max Energi was certified by the EPA to deliver 108 MPGe in combined city and highway driving, while the hybrid mode will deliver 43 mpg. Compare this to the 47/47/47 mpg rating of the C-Max Hybrid, and then factor in the price: while the Hybrid starts at $25,200, the Energi will come in at $33,745 before a federal tax credit that brings it down to $29,995. At $5,000 more, the Energi represents a modest leap of faith for some extra range: the Hybrid still packs the ability to go 570 miles on a full tank, certainly more than enough to cause gastrointestinal distress. Your call, dear consumer. Credit goes to Ford for granting us the choice.