Mileage: 47 mpg city/47 highway/47 combined
This is the first Ford to get just as good mileage in the city as on the highway, at least according to the EPA. Although the pricey SEL version includes features like rear parking sensors, we think you’ll be happy with the more affordable C-Max Hybrid SE. It’s nicely outfitted with dual-zone climate control, continuously variable transmission, turn signals in the outside mirrors, seven air bags and a trip computer. Ford is quick to point out that the C-Max Hybrid has a longer range — a total of 570 miles on a tank of gas — and better fuel economy than the Toyota Prius V. It’s also capable of accelerating to 62 mph running on nothing but electricity. When gasoline power is needed, a 2-liter four-cylinder engine kicks in to work with the electric motor. Together they produce a respectable 188 horsepower. Has Ford raised the hybrid bar? We think so. A fully electric plug-in version is on the way.