600 Mile In A C-max, Is That Possible?

YES! More than 600 miles!

I am a 1st time hybrid owner and I bought the C-Max for the great drivers view/position, the utility of the 60/40 fold flat seats with the liftgate, the great technology in the My Ford Touch and navigation with the awesome, awesome Sony sound, and the perfect combination of POWER and MPGs in a single car: the C-Max SEL Hybrid.

I have owned my SEL since the first week of December 2012 and as of end of April, I have clocked 13,000 miles on it. Taking the time and distance to learn the fuel efficient driving takes time and it does not necessarily mean you have to go slow as I can still get 40 to 60 instant MPG driving > 65 mph (called ICE High MPG). However, driving FE will reward the owner with far more than the 47 MPG, but you also have the option of driving the car like a gas guzzler if you so wanted to – but whats the point of buying a hybrid then?

As such, my work travel takes me across the northern Los Angeles and Ventura counties, I have been able to achieve 7 (yes SEVEN) 600+ mile tanks in my daily work. (Check out my Fuelly.com under my name). I clock about 60 to 120 miles a day in this awesome car and that includes climbing some steep canyon roads between the 101/PCH and also between the counties.

To me, Ford has more than delivered on the 47/47/47 in real world driving conditions – not some test bed like the EPA.

I want to mention that Ford Motor Company should be thanked for hosting a CMax owner/drivers event – meeting their engineers from Detroit and having face to face conversations with us fellow driver/owners in Irvine, Febuary 2012. I was there and it was very constructive for everyone.

Thank you Ford and Ford Social for getting out my experience with this awesome car!!!


Ford Motor Company announced August 15, 2013, it is upgrading the 2014 Ford C-MAX Hybrid, which will go on sale in December. The company also is changing the way it tests and labels the 2013 C-MAX Hybrid for fuel economy to better match performance and improve customer satisfaction. The upgrades build on powertrain software updates Ford announced last month for the 2013 C-MAX Hybrid. The 2014 C-MAX also will benefit from several hardware changes, including:

  • Gearing changes that result in a more efficient transmission drive ratio
  • New hood seal, front and rear tire deflectors, A-pillar moldings and the addition of rear lift gate deflectors to improve vehicle aerodynamics
  • New engine oil with reduced friction
  • The enhancements to the 2014 C-MAX Hybrid are expected to improve customers’ on-road fuel economy, especially at highway speeds.

In addition to improving the vehicle itself, Ford is changing the way it generates the miles-per-gallon label for C-MAX Hybrid going forward. Previously – and consistent with EPA’s General Label rules – testing of the Fusion Hybrid was used to generate fuel economy labels for a family of vehicles, including both Fusion Hybrid and C-MAX Hybrid. The result was the same fuel economy label values for both vehicles.The revised 2013 Ford C-MAX Hybrid label will carry a class-leading EPA combined fuel economy value of 43 mpg.

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Jus A @Brad B, its Maxine.
1 year(s) ago via
Brad B Hey Ford & Jus A ! Jus you beat me, our son lives in Orlando FLA and I've been brave enough to hit 600 even. Bravo Zulu for winning the C-Max eco-challenge! I read over several blogs and routinely hear whinning (like a chevy NASCAR driver) that I don't get but 42 to 44 mpg. Our SE C-Max "Herbie" has given me a best 52.8 mpg on a trip from Dunn to Wilmington, NC. As you well know slow starts/stops, 55 mph, using the eco-settings, and drive like there is a egg under the throttle pedal. Again congrats again, and what is the name of your C-Max?
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