This blog compares Ford C-Max sales with it’s closest competition, Toyota Prius V and Plug-in. Ford compares the C-Max Hybrid and Energi most often with the Toyota Prius V and Prius Plug-in Hybrid.
The Toyota vehicles are the most similar drivetrain, technology, and passenger/cargo-type vehicles available to compare with the C-Max Hybrid and Energi. The data was obtained from Autoblog. The Ford C-Max Hybrid started shipping in late September and the C-Max Energi first shipped in late October 2012.
Ford compares the C-Max with the Prius V constantly. When we first went to Karl Malone Toyota in July, the Prius V wasn’t available at the dealership. My wife was excited to check out the Prius V though. I put a request into the Costco Auto Program and found out that Karl Malone Toyota was the local Costco dealership. We set up an appointment with Matt Earle. We liked a lot about the Prius V. The downside for my wife was less ground clearance than on a SUV. There also wasn’t a location in the console to store her purse but there was a spot on the console near the dashboard that she could place a small purse. It was an acceptable compromise for her. She also thinks highly of the Toyota brand.
For me, the Prius V was expensive. The V Model Five, the highest end of the Prius line, equipped with the Advanced Technology Package that includes the panoramic sunroof (moonroof) was $36809 and with the Costco pricing it was $34,961. This nicely equipped Prius is much more expensive than the SEL C-Max Energi with 303A options package and the sunroof after the tax credit. The vehicles are similar but the Energi is about $2000 less after the tax credit. I asked Matt if there was any word when the Plug-in (PHEV) version of the Prius V would be on the market. He said he didn’t know.