Does the 2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid have what to takes to dethrone the mighty Toyota Prius?
Ever since hitting the market quite some time ago, the Toyota Prius has both defined and dominated the hybrid vehicle market with little viable competition. Never a car to earn any real cool points in terms of looks or grunt, the Prius has nonetheless taken pride of place as the Camry of the hybrid market – i.e. the largely unstoppable victor.
So, the question is now being asked as to whether or not the all-new 2012 Ford C-Max Hybrid will have what it takes to succeed where so many have failed before…can it really oust the Prius from the number-one spot?
Not a chance, but that doesn’t mean that the C-Max Hybrid won’t at least give Toyota’s market-leader a run for its money.
Brian Cooley of CNET fame recently posted a detailed review of the 2013 C-Max Hybrid, outlining exactly how Ford was looking to reach its impossible goal and take the title from Toyota. Also on the market in a plug-in variant, the C-Max certainly excels when it comes to driver aids and safety tools, which include a Blind Spot Warning System and Daytime Running Lights.
Blind Spot Warning in particularly is becoming a largely expected standard safety feature by new care buyers, with recent surveys suggesting that upwards of 70% favor its inclusion.
A total of three different versions of the 2013 For C-Max hybrid are available, with the entry-level SE trim coming out at $25,200. Each trim variant comes with the same 2-liter Hybrid Electric engine connected to an eCVT. BHP comes out at a respectable 188, meaning that Ford easily takes the lead over the Prius in this department, which serves up a comparatively paltry 98BHP from its 1.8-liter engine.
Sadly however, fuel-economy is of course where it’s at when it comes to the hybrid market and it is here that the 2012 Ford C-Max Hybrid just cannot measure up to its rival, delivering somewhere in the region of 35MPG combined and not close to the original estimated 47MPG.