Ford is voluntarily changing its approach to measuring fuel economy labeling. The EPA allowed the mpg to be reported the same for the Fusion and C-Max with only the Fusion being tested. When the C-Max was tested, a decrease of the C-Max Hybrid mpg from 47 to 43 combined was documented. According to Autonews.com, the new ratings for the C-Max will be 43 mpg combined, 45 city and 40 mpg highway. The 2014 Ford C-Max, which will go on sale in December, is upgraded with new transmission gearing for a more efficient gear ratio and new hood seal, tire deflectors, A-pillar moldings, and lift gate deflectors to improve aerodynamics. These changes for the 2014 model are in addition to the software changes already announced for 2013 C-Max Hybrids. Ford hasn’t completed mpg testing yet for the 2014 C-Max Hybrid. 2013 C-Max Hybrid owners will get a goodwill payment check of $550. Customers leasing a 2013 C-Max Hybrid will get a check for $325. Owners with questions can contact Ford Customer Relationship Center via the web or phone at 800-392-3673.
Canadian owners will receive a check for $895 while customers leasing a C-Max Hybrid in Canada will get a check for $595. Customers in Canada can contact the Ford Customer Relationship Center at 800-565-3673.
In the press release, Ford didn’t mention the C-Max Energi, whether it will get a MPG revision or if Energi owners will get a goodwill check too. According to USA Today, the Fusion Energi and C-Max Energi will still be rated at 44 city, 42 highway and 43 combined.
There also wasn’t any mention of the many lawsuits against Ford for mpg claims. MPG claims for the C-Max were followed in these blogs, The Latest on The C-Max MPG Story, The C-Max MPG Saga Continues, C-Max Hybrid Owner Starts Class-Action Suit Against Ford Over MPG, Ford C-Max Hybrid Lawsuit: C-Max Sold by Hyundai! Not Ford!, Understanding The Ford C-Max and EPA MPG, ConsumerReports.org: “Why do Ford’s new hybrids ace the EPA fuel economy tests?”, and Owners Reporting Ford C-Max MPG Lower Than EPA Ratings.
First published Aug 16, 2013. Updated Aug 17, 2013 with city and highway mpg published by Autonews.com and C-Max Energi mpg from USAToday.com. Updated October 7, 2013 with Canadian owner information.