2013 Ford C-Max and Toyota Prius V Race for Fuel Economy image

Ford’s 2013 C-Max hybrid and Toyota’s Prius hybrid try to outrun each other concerning the gas mileage.

Ford’s new C-Max hybrid offers an impressive 47 miles per gallon in the city and 47 mpg on the highway, but the van-like C-Max couldn’t reach Toyota Prius hybrid’s 51 mpg in the city and and 49 on the highway. On the other hand C-Max beats the Prius wagon version with 7 mpg.

Besides the electric motor, Ford C-Max also features a 188-horsepower 2-liter four-cylinder gas engine, and can reach up to 570 miles according to the automaker. The price for C-Max begins at $25,995 and it includes destination charges.

“The all-new C-Max hybrid is a great symbol of how Ford has transformed into a fuel-economy and technology leader,” said Ford Vice President Joe Bakaj. “We’ve done this with innovation – represented by nearly 500 hybrid patents – while driving costs down 30% so we can bring these fuel-saving vehicles to more customers.”

The 2012 Toyota Prius V’s price begins at $27,310, and it includes the $760 destination tax. This means that the 2013 C-Max is $1,315 cheaper than the Toyota Prius V. The company has not released yet the price for the 2013 Prius V.