EPA to Review Ford Fusion and C-Max Hybrid Efficiency Claims
Ford claims that both hybrid models can average 47 mpg (5.00 l/100km), yet the Consumer Reports reviewer never even got close to that figure, with the Fusion achieving 39 mpg (6.03 l/100km), which represents a 17% discrepancy, while the C-Max fared even worse, averaging 37 mpg (6.35 l/100km), which is 21% down.
It seems that it is a trend for manufacturers to now overstate their ‘green’ cars’ efficiency numbers, because as it was discussed here, people buy cars based on irrelevant ad campaigns and fuel efficiency numbers, and if both of those are good, than as an automaker selling hybrids, you are set!
This doesn`t make the Fusion and C-Max hybrids worse cars, because both are still excellent and class-leading in every respect, but Ford's credibility will not get through this unscathed.
Story via autonews.com
comments written so far
riding car! The bad news is the gas milage is approximately 32.5 MPG. I
leased this car with expectation of getting 40 + MPG.
I also lease a 2010 Prius and Insight both of which have far superior MPG
performance (40-51 mpg). I thought this would be a Prius Killer? As a
cross over buyer I feel deceived. I want to support US companies and US
jobs. What was Ford thinking when they published 47 / 47 estimates? I
would have been ok with low 40's but low 30's is not even in the ball
park. Mark my words there will be no fix for this. Ford will have to
offer to take the cars back or offer cash compensation to offset the
milage claims. The EPA estimates will have to be adjusted to the mid
30's and sell the cars as is. Which is ok as long as the consumer knows
what they are buying.
A wonderful car which has truly underachieved in the milage department.
Fess up Ford and put this behind you. This is not a Prius killer. They
are plenty of people who will buy the C-Max with mid 30's EPA numbers.
But you need be honest with the milage estimates.
My dealer's sales and service department have been great! There is only
so much they can do.
Yankee Ford Customer
South Portland, Maine
Leyberth M Rosendo