Ford C-MAX Energi Plug-in Hybrid Gets 100 MPGe Rating from EPA

Ford C-Max Energi PHEV© Ford

108 MPGe City/92 MPGe Highway

Ford was expecting the C-MAX Energi plug-in hybrid to get a combined rating of 95 MPGe from the EPA, but it turned out that they were being a little pessimistic. The official numbers are out, and the C-MAX Energi gets a nice round 100 MPGe combined, 108 MPGe in city driving, and 92 MPGe on the highway. This compares favorably with the other plug-in hybrids on the market, the Toyota Prius Plug-in which gets 95 MPGe combined, and the Chevrolet Volt which gets 98 MPGe.

Ford C-Max Energi© Ford

Good Enough for Founder

In what turns out to be nice publicity for Ford, Dr. Lyle Dennis, the creator of, a website that has been dedicated to Volt news and advocacy for a long time, is trading his Volt for a Ford C-MAX Energi. HybridCars explains the reason:

The only reason, he says, is the pending five-seat Ford plug-in hybrid has room for his wife and three growing children, whereas the Volt is a four-seater.

Lyle noted further that his wife used to have a three-row SUV but wanted a Nissan Leaf. Now that they have the Leaf, the two-EV family needs a five-seat long hauler, he said, and observed otherwise the Volt has been a great car.

“I have had the honor of owning the eighth unit off the production line since December of 2010,” he wrote today on his new blog site, InsideEVs. “So far I have driven the car 14,000 miles with a lifetime 190 mpg. It has been a fun high tech and dependable car. In fact I always imagined I would own the car for 20 or 30 years. That is until this summer.”

Different vehicles for different needs, it makes sense.

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Via Ford, Hybridcars

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