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Consumer Reports: C-MAX Energi Rates 6th Most Fuel-Efficient Hatchback

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#1 OFFLINE   Jonathan Ezor

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Posted 01 September 2015 - 11:19 AM

Consumer Reports just issued its 2015 ratings for fuel economy for vehicles. Look what's sitting in #6 in the Fuel Efficient Hatchbacks category:

 

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Only one non-EV car ahead of it (the Volt), and the C-MAX Energi exceeds the Volt in actual gas engine mileage by 5 on the highway and 13 (!) in the city, particularly useful between charging stations. Great job, Ford! {Jonathan}


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#2 OFFLINE   drdiesel1

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Posted 01 September 2015 - 01:23 PM

It came in 5th overall 0 to 60 :thumbsup:


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#3 OFFLINE   drdiesel1

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Posted 01 September 2015 - 01:23 PM

It also topped all the Pri junk :lol:


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#4 OFFLINE   jeromep

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Posted 01 September 2015 - 04:11 PM

The regular hybrid came in #2 on the "WAGONS & HATCHBACKS Overall mpg = 26 or higher" behind the Prius V.  That is still very impressive.


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#5 OFFLINE   bschwerdt

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Posted 02 September 2015 - 04:20 AM

Actually, the Volt tops the CMax on the highway by 3 MPG (41 to 38).  You were looking at the "overall" column.  This makes sense to me as the Volt is a considerably smaller car with lower frontal area.  The CMax is much taller, and certainly has more wind resistance which is what kills highway MPG.  It is also very curious to me that the Volt only got 23 MPG in the city?  That doesn't seem right.

 

Overall, though, Ford has done a great job with the CMax Energi.  It's a very good powertrain on a useful platform.



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Posted 02 September 2015 - 08:00 AM

Your numbers may vary, depending on speed, tire pressure, gas pods, temperature, etc.

 

I can get 40's with my Cmax on the highway at 65mph.  Using the battery pack on a 500 mile trip, I can get as much as 48mpg.

 

-=>Raja.



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Posted 02 September 2015 - 11:03 AM

Consumer Reports forgot to mention Sync issues.



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Posted 02 September 2015 - 12:49 PM

Overall, though, Ford has done a great job with the CMax Energi.  

 

...with the exception of marketing it.


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#9 OFFLINE   bschwerdt

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Posted 02 September 2015 - 01:15 PM

...with the exception of marketing it.

This seems to be the case with most plug-ins.



#10 OFFLINE   Jonathan Ezor

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Posted 02 September 2015 - 02:12 PM

Actually, the Volt tops the CMax on the highway by 3 MPG (41 to 38).  You were looking at the "overall" column.  This makes sense to me as the Volt is a considerably smaller car with lower frontal area.  The CMax is much taller, and certainly has more wind resistance which is what kills highway MPG.  It is also very curious to me that the Volt only got 23 MPG in the city?  That doesn't seem right.

 

Overall, though, Ford has done a great job with the CMax Energi.  It's a very good powertrain on a useful platform.

 

You are correct, of course. Thanks. {Jonathan}



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Posted 02 September 2015 - 03:19 PM

Consumer Reports forgot to mention Sync issues.

Good, I wish they would get past their aversion to Sync.  I think it works just fine and haven't had any major issues with it.  The last software update I applied seemed to be an improvement and overall I'm very happy with its performance.


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Posted 02 September 2015 - 07:21 PM

Consumer Reports forgot to mention Sync issues.

If you go in and read their full report on the C-Max, they certainly don't forget to mention Sync issues, and they complain about it in ways that never would have occurred to me to complain.   Maybe I just haven't been exposed to the fabulous array of current generation infotainment systems that all work perfectly for everything, or maybe I'm in the minority that I don't travel with 20 GB of digital musinc on a USB device.  I have been exposed to current Ford, Mazda and Nissan infotainment, and of the 3, I'd choose Ford by a relatively wide margin.
I hope that Sync 3 makes it even better.  There's been a little bit of evidence recently that the possibility of Sync 3 on the existing hardware may not be as much of a long shot as I had been thinking.  Maybe they will roll it out to our vehicles with the also more solidly rumored 2G-3G telematics hardware.....  We can hope :-)

Based on the post over on the Hybrid side, even if QNX might be capable of running on the existing hardware, it sounds like Ford is implementing Sync 3 on different hardware.  We can still hope for more details on the telematics upgrade.....


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Posted 03 September 2015 - 03:33 AM

We've had our Energi since October of last year, and we've not had a single problem with Sync (yet). The only problem we've had is the charge port light went out after couple months. We got that fixed and it does work now, but I think it flashes, indicating charging, when it's not supposed to.

 

I agree - they don't market it very well. And it's quite a shame they don't. The car can shift paradigms. I try to do everything more efficiently now, and I even think about how I could do this or that using less energy. And I never used to think about where to park my car in a parking lot or where I park at home, but now I look for a shady spot in summer and an open spot when it's cold. In winter, we will take trips while the sun is shining, and early or later in the day when it's hot.

 

I'm amused by the EPA's MPG estimate for the car. We have always exceeded that in non-highway driving, and usually by many MPG. I've achieved up to 70+ MPG in hybrid mode alone (no climate controls on), but I'd say we average around 55-60 MPG in hybrid from May til October. We average around 45 MPG in the dead of winter (with winter treads on). We do practice light hypermiling (P&G in D), but we are not extreme about it. We are taking our first long trip in a couple of weekends, and I am curious to see what kind of highway MPG we get.


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