Consumer Reports Slams Ford Hybrids' Mileage
Test finds huge gap between EPA estimates and real figure
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Dec 9, 2012 2:30 PM CST
This undated image provided by Ford shows the 2013 Ford Fusion Hybrid.   (AP Photo/Ford)

(Newser) – If the 47mpg rating on Ford's 2013 Fusion and C-Max models sounds too good to be true, well, there's a reason for that. The two hybrids perform drastically worse than advertised, Consumer Reports has concluded, clocking their actual performance at 39 mpg for the Fusion and 37 mpg for the C-Max—or about 20% below the EPA estimate Ford is touting. That's "the largest discrepancy … we've seen," the magazine writes, though it adds that the performance still qualifies as excellent.

Consumer Reports isn't alone. The Christian Science Monitor boasts that it came to the same conclusion three weeks ago, as did AutoGuide. Reviews from Bloomerg and Fox News tell much the same story, though Jason Harper at Bloomerg chalks it up to his "typically leaden foot." Similar mileage snafus from Hyundai and Kia recently drew congressional attention and public apologies.

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Dec 28, 2012 11:25 AM CST
The mileage listed for the Fords were good for a Ford. Usually, they are real gas hogs.
Dec 10, 2012 6:14 AM CST
Ford is definitely up for "liar pants on fire" with their MPG and other things. I had a Ford F150 Ecoboost that was advertised at 21, it never reached 18. It could not climb hills without sputtering and chugging. Total junk. I dumped it after six months for a Ford Fusion hybrid. It delivers about 38, less than the 40 they advertise. Ford just seems to have an integrity problem. My wife has a Prius and I know how to drive a vehicle to maximize fuel mileage, so that is not the problem either. I'll definitely go back to Toyota, maybe a Camry. My wife's Prius gets 53--better than advertised. Ford needs to learn to under promise and over deliver, not the reverse.
Dec 10, 2012 12:27 AM CST
They tested it driving from Denver to Limon, then they went in the other direction From Truckee to Sacramento.