Ford is now the only other major carmaker besides Toyota to offer a dedicated hybrid model, the 2013 C-Max hybrid. The company is planning on manufacturing around 75,000 hybrids per year, though not all of them will be C-Max models. Ford also makes a hybrid version of the Fusion, but that car is offered as a combustion version in addition to the hybrid. Educated guesses as to the number of units that Ford and Toyota will sell of their respective hybrid vehicles: 50,000 C-Max hybrids per year, and 250,000 Prius cars per year. Quite an advantage for Toyota, but again the Japanese automaker has been making hybrids much longer than Ford.
Check out the short video clip below for a complete review of the Ford C-Max hybrid. The tester is objective, listing off the features he prefers and what improvements he would enjoy seeing. Overall, the verdict is a big thumbs-up, primarily for the car’s fuel efficiency, handling, and superiority to other vehicles in its class. Of course, the C-Max’s main competitor is the Prius, and this review is quite detailed in its comparisons between the two rivals. If you are thinking about buying a hybrid, the video clip will give you plenty of food for thought.
So far, fans of the Ford C-Max are pointing to the car’s 47 mpg rating as being roughly equivalent to the Prius’s 50 mpg number. In addition, the Ford has much more headroom than the Prius Liftback and drives well with heavy loads, not a strong point for Prius. One big question for Ford has to do with the resale value of the C-Max, which is currently an unknown quantity. Time will tell if Ford’s new hybrid is able to go head to head with Toyota’s venerable Prius.
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