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Overshadowed by the launches of the new Escape and Fusion, not much attention has been given to the C-Max. As a less than enthusiastic supporter of vehicle electrification, I've probably not given this all-new product enough of a look. Granted a good deal of my skepticism was based on the lack of sales from Ford's previous hybrid entries (Escape, Fusion). C-Max may be about to challenge that thinking.

Ford has fired a shot across the bow directly at Prius with the C-Max. The vehicle will not be offered in a traditional ICE engine/powertrain. The first model is a conventional hybrid rated at 47 mpg across the board (city, hwy, combined), which is rated 5 mpg better than the Prius V. That's rather surprising given that the C-Max offers 50 more horsepower and carries more curb weight. The first month of sales wasn't eye popping (969), but the $26K price tag gives it an attractive payback period of under two years.

In keeping with Ford's efforts in flexible production, the C-Max will be produced in the same assembly plant that is used for its platform stablemate, the Focus. The PHEV version will be introduced next month. Here's an pretty nice review from Edmunds, who's biggest objection is the lack of a sliding (minivan type) door.

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