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By the end of my first week with the C-Max, I could regularly get 41 mpg by watching the gauges and knowing when to back off the gas pedal. I think 47 mpg on the highway will be a stretch unless I travel at or below 62 mph, which is the fastest the vehicle will move (on a flat surface) on electric power alone. By the way, this is a huge improvement over my 2006 Escape hybrid, which wouldn't go over 25 mph in electric mode. And the switchover between gas and electricity is far smoother on the C-Max than it was on the Escape.Report it
Here's an update. The owner's manual is correct--after a break-in period, the mileage improves. I put 2000 miles on the C-Max during the first month, and on a trip at the end of that month, I averaged 47.1 mpg in freeway driving. There is a gauge that shows whether the vehicle is using electric power or gas, and judicious backing off of the throttle to use mostly electric power allowed me to get that mileage while maintaining about 65 mph. As with virtually any vehicle, the mileage drops off when one goes faster than that. I'm happy tooling along at 65 to reap savings; some drivers won't be.Report it
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