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2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid

No Prius Killer As much as we enthusiasts like to rail on the lowly Toyota Prius as the harbinger of death for all we hold dear, there's no denying the machine's absolute and interminable grip on the hybrid market in the United States. Toyota has so thoroughly sunk its teeth into the segment that you can clearly hear the automaker's incisors clacking against one another with the conclusion of each financial quarter. And there's little wonder why. Buyers can plop down less than $25,000 and have a runabout that can return up to an estimated 51 miles per gallon in the city, leaving every... Read More

Vital Stats

Engine:
2.0L I4 / 35 kW Li-ion
Power:
188 HP (total system)
Transmission:
e-CVT
Base Price:
$28,995
As-Tested Price:
$31,210
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