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Ford’s Fusion and C-Max “47 MPG” Claims Under Scrutiny

If your 2013 Ford Fusion Hybrid or C-Max Hybrid is not getting gas mileage anywhere near Ford’s advertised 47 MPG, you probably are not alone.

And Consumer Watchdog would like to hear from you.
 

Following our letter one year ago to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) calling for an audit of Hyundai’s MPG claims, the EPA retested the carmaker’s fleet and, for the first time in history, ordered changes to multiple models with falsified stickers.  Now Ford is on the hot seat.

For both the Fusion Hybrid and C-Max Hybrid, Ford promises a fuel economy trifecta of 47 MPG city, 47 MPG highway, and 47 MPG combined city and highway.  According to new data from Consumer Reports, neither car comes close to 47 MPG under any conditions:

In our tests, the Fusion Hybrid delivered 39 mpg overall and 35 and 41 in city and highway conditions, respectively. For the C-Max Hybrid, we got 37 mpg overall, with 35 and 38 for city and highway. These two vehicles have the largest discrepancy between our overall-mpg results and the estimates published by the EPA that we've seen among any current models.

The information triggered the EPA to initiate its own investigation of Ford’s Fusion Hybrid and C-Max Hybrid fuel economy claims.

Consumer Watchdog is investigating the auto industry’s practices related to fuel economy claims, and we’d like to hear from you. Have you experienced gas mileage problems with a Ford Fusion Hybrid, Ford C-Max Hybrid or any other vehicle not living up to the advertised MPG?

Tell us your story here.

The good news is that the EPA is finally looking more closely into the MPG claims of carmakers, which self-test their own vehicles. It appears to be a new day for the auto industry and the claims they make on their window stickers. The big question for consumers is how much will car manufacturers have to pay them for falsified stickers.  Consumer Watchdog wants to hear from you to make sure consumers get all they are entitled to.