In-depth test raises questions about Ford C-MAX fuel economy
A highly scientific test of the Ford C-MAX and its Toyota Prius v rival has raised further questions about both the EPA-developed fuel economy test and the real-world efficiency of the blue oval's highly-touted 47 mpg eco-flagship.
CleanMPG.com aimed to set the record straight by pitting a C-MAX against the Prius v in a series of measured tests. The site admits that its primary agenda was to address Ford's claims that the C-MAX is a class leader in terms of fuel economy and cargo space. In addition, the same California law firm that succeeded in filing suit against Hyundai and Kia over allegedly inflated fuel economy claims has put Ford in its sights based on disgruntled consumer findings in the C-MAX.
In addition, CleanMPG.com used a standard Prius liftback as a guideline.
A series of tests that included both urban and long-trip highway driving, plus a measurement of cargo hauling abilities revealed some pretty staggering differences between the two models and the EPA test rating.
All three vehicles saw their tanks filled to the brim, their tires set to recommended pressures and their oil levels confirmed. In addition to using the built-in trip computers, CleanMPG.com calculated actual fuel consumption at each fill up. Not surprisingly, the built-in trip computers generally proved optimistic.
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