There is no doubt that 2015 Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid will again take the top spot when it comes to fuel economy but there is a decent number of buyers that would buy 2015 Ford C-Max Energi and trade few of those mpg’s for a much better looks. Prius is a quite different vehicle in terms of design and it immediately noticed while the C-Max blends in nicely in the current Ford lineup.
Toyota Prius Plug-In is a hybrid electric mid-size hatchback, currently a third generation of its line. 2015 model will either be redesigned or will be an all-new model of a fourth generation. It comes in two trims, Regular and Advanced. Powertrain consists of 1.8L I4 engine with 98 hp, coupled with two electric motors with a combined output of 134 hp. One motor develops 60 kW or 80 hp and powers the car, while other, smaller one is used as electric power source for 4.4 kWh lithium-ion battery pack.
Next generation, the 2015 Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid will be a refreshed, lighter and more fuel-efficient vehicle. It is hard to predict how it will look like, but it has to be expected that all the exterior visuals will be changed to some degree. Also, if it is to become lighter, it may either go smaller, or have a smaller engine with more space inside. Speaking of interior, which is high-tech, it will probably be made of higher quality materials and have some new features. No doubt that most of features that can be found in Prius right now will remain, such as: dynamic radar cruise control, head-up display, heated and adjustable front seats, touch-screen with HDD navigation etc.
2015 Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid
In hybrid mode currently available Prius it can go up to 50 mpg and 95 MPGe estimated when it is driven in electric only mode. This is expected to go even further up since every new Prius got a 10% increase in fuel efficiency so far. As a result we will most likely be able to see 54 or 55 mpg from 2015 Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid. Prices start at $29,990 for a regular model and end at $34,905 for Advanced trim.
Ford C-Max is a 5-door MPV that comes in three trim levels: SE, SEL and Energi. Right now, it is in its second generation and next model will be a carryover. 2015 Ford C-Max Energi is a plug-in hybrid with 2.0L I4 engine that delivers up to 188 with the help of 68 kW electric motor that receives electric power from 7.6 kWh lithium-ion battery pack.
2015 Ford C-Max Energi Vs 2015 Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid
It is a stylish multi-purpose vehicle with wide upper grille and headlights. It has a curvy roofline that falls steadily towards the rear end and gets suddenly cut after the rear spoiler finish. Interior is comfortable, modern and with style. It offers a lot of space, both for cargo and passengers and has many cargo compartments. Its upholstery is made of modern materials that feel neat to the touch. Fixed-glass panoramic roof „lets the sunshine in“ with a single touch of a button. There are many more features in C-Max like cup holders (two in front and two at the back), compass, trip computer, navigation system, heated seats, cruise control, etc.
This vehicle will return 45 mpg in a city and 40 mpg on a highway and when in electric mode only it offers 108/92 MPGe. C-Max Energi costs at least $32,920 which is not that bad, considering it is a MPV. If you are chasing for better looking vehicle than this is the right choice.
2015 Ford C-Max Energi
These vehicles are of different classes and it is ungrateful to compare them. 2015 Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid is (or, rather will be) an all-known quality mid-size hybrid that is comfortable and fuel-efficient, while 2015 Ford C-Max is a multi-purpose hybrid that offers a lot of room. It really depends on what you need, fuel efficiency of a hatchback or cargo space of an MPV.