During a live-stream press conference today, Ford announced that it is "voluntarily" changing the fuel economy numbers for the all-new C-MAX.
This is kind of big news. Though, I could have told you back in February when I tested the compact crossover that this was coming. I got nowhere near the 47 mpg estimate for combined driving. Not even close actually. Granted this was in the dead cold of a Chicago winter when all hybrids are poor performers for everyone except he folks at CleanMPG.com. But still. I got 30 mpg in combined driving. And I was trying.
Ford asserts that even with the revised estimate of 43 mpg in combined driving, C-MAX is still a class leader, besting the Toyota Prius V by a whopping 1 mpg.
So, how did Ford come up with the original 47 mpg in the first place? Well, it's not because the C-MAX went through the actual EPA testing. Apparently there's this interesting loophole in the EPA General Label rules that allows an automaker to group a family of vehicles together. In this case, the C-MAX fell under the family of Fusion Hybrid vehicles. Which makes total sense, of course. (SMH)
One thing I will say for Ford, however, is that they are committed to customer satisfaction. And, in light of this change, the automaker said it will make a one-time "goodwill payment" of $550 to C-MAX owners and $325 to people who are leasing a C-MAX.
You can see the full press release on Ford's media website.