Ford Makes A Great Car -- And Gets Slammed Anyway

Jan 4, 2013 Full story: Forbes 7

There's been a lot of griping lately about Ford Motor 's new hybrids not living up to their promised fuel economy, so I was anxious to spend some time behind the wheel of the new 2013 Ford C-Max utility and test its performance for myself.

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GMCman

Pittsburgh, PA

#1 Jan 4, 2013
The C-Max is Fordís first dedicated hybrid, aimed squarely at the Toyota Prius V, and the carmaker has been getting a lot of advertising mileage out of its ď47/47/47″ miles per gallon ratings in city/highway/combined driving.

The problem is nobody who drives the car seems to be able to achieve those eye-popping numbers

DUH.

Maybe because they miss represented the car. Ford has always done underhanded things behind the scenes. Did you expect less?.
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JOE

Alamo, TX

#2 Jan 21, 2013
I know friends tha are tired of pushing heir ford to get the mileage that ford claims.
Rob_a_non_GM_shi ll

Los Angeles, CA

#3 Jan 31, 2013
So Ford the only real US car co is chasing toyota with this car. two idiot comments above from two of obamas boys over at GM just ignore tham, until they come looking for more tax payer money... How long until GM goes under agian?
Rob_a_non_GM_shi ll

Los Angeles, CA

#4 Jan 31, 2013
I would rather buy my car from china than provide a penny for a union US auto worker or their family. I hope their children starve. The folks over at GM first or should I say Obamas boys
Rob_a_non_GM_shi ll

Los Angeles, CA

#5 Jan 31, 2013
Only crap car I own was the only chevy or GM car I have owned. Never Agian Toyota all the way. 4runners only they are 100% built in Japan. US cars can not compare.
Ron Kramer

South Portland, ME

#6 Mar 21, 2013
Open letter to Ford:

I thought my 2013 C-MAX would be a Prius Killer? NOT! As a returning Ford buyer I feel deceived. I want to support US companies and US jobs. What was Ford thinking when they published 47/ 47/47 estimates? Based on the advertised EPA estimates, I would have been ok with low 40's but 28-33 mpg is not even in the ballpark. This is not an issue about EPA testing standards, but rather an issue about setting false customer expectations in order to promote sales. Ford's "47MPG" marketing campaign tarnished what should have been the roll out of a truly remarkable vehicle, the CMAX. Real world MPG estimates should have been promoted in the mid-30's. No one would have questioned those numbers and the CMAX would have received the accolades it deserves. How these MPG estimates made it through Ford corporate is beyond me! Maybe it was the rush to go to market? I have been accused of not knowing how to drive hybrid. For the record, during the last three years I have leased both a 2010 Prius and 2010 Honda Insight Hybrid, and consider myself an experienced hyper-miler. My mileage in the Prius is 50 plus, the Insight is 40 plus. The C-MAX is a well-built car, with extremely inflated EPA estimates. I respectfully request that this matter be investigated as soon as possible. My efforts to deal with this locally and through Ford customer service have frustrated me to no end. The constant response? "You need to learn to how to drive hybrid type of vehicle ". Is there a difference how I drive Prius Hybrid vs. the CMAX hybrid? I think we all know the answer to that. I need someone at Ford to reach out to me and assist in a proactive manner so we can put this matter to rest.

Ronald Kramer Yankee Ford Customer
South Portland, Maine
liner

Delray Beach, FL

#7 Mar 21, 2013
Ron, hopefully you've sent your letter directly to Ford. They're not likely to read it here.

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