The photo last week showed the rear quarter panel of the new-for-2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid, a hatchback that uses a small gasoline engine and an electric motor to deliver excellent fuel mileage. For a better photograph and a review, read this week’s road test.
Chosen randomly from the correct entries was the name of Jim Muraski, of Martinez, who wrote:
“This week’s car is a 2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid.
“It’s kind of ironic that you transitioned from last week’s old Ford (1947 Ford Super Deluxe Sportsman wood-sided convertible) that you had cut down a tree to build to this week’s new Ford, which has a ‘Smartgauge’ dash display that grows leaves on a tree when you drive efficiently!”
Muraski wins a gift from The Augusta Chronicle.
Other readers correctly identifying the vehicle were:
CANTON, GA.: David Anderson wrote: “This is Ford’s answer to the Toyota Prius, and just like the Prius, is available as a traditional hybrid and a plug-in model called the C-Max Energi.
“Both models feature a 2-liter fuel-efficient four-cylinder engine producing 141 horsepower; however, when combined with the electric motor, the entire drivetrain is rated at 188 horsepower, capable of 47 mpg (even more in the Energi, but it has apparently not yet been rated).
“The advantage of the Energi model is that it has a larger battery pack that can be plugged in to recharge when the car is not in use. Since the normal hybrid recharges the batteries only when the engine is running or when braking – depending on your driving habits – the batteries could never really get a chance to fully recharge.
“If plugged in to recharge regularly, the Energi model will run solely on the batteries far longer and thus produce a better gas mileage estimate than 47 mpg.
“I must confess to never having driven a Prius. I am just not a fan of Toyota.
“I have driven the Chevrolet Volt with its nonconventional approach to powering the car 100 percent of the time with the electric motor and using the onboard engine solely as a generator to power the electric motor.
“With no other pre-conceived benchmark, I was quite impressed with its performance, and with diligent nightly recharging in my personal situation, I could be looking at 90-plus mpg equivalent, even factoring in the electric energy cost of recharging.
“Now that Ford is presenting me with an alternative to the Volt and a competitor to the Prius, maybe I’ll be visiting my local Ford dealer soon to sign up for a drive comparison.
“The Ford Web site contains some very promising information on the C-Max, including an equivalent gas/electric 100 mpg equivalent possibility. I think that the days of that beastly 14 mpg Suburban are finally numbered!”
EVANS: Wayne Wilke and Jerry Paul
FRANKLIN, N.C.: Dale Sanford wrote: “The car shown is a 2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid. It is Ford’s answer to the success of the Toyota Prius Hybrid.
“It will be interesting to see how they stack up against the 2011 Prius that I drive, which has averaged over 46 mpg for the 47,000 miles I have driven since buying it in February 2011. That includes mountain driving in North Carolina in addition to interstate mileage driving 70-75 miles per hour.
“The C-Max brags about more torque and more horsepower than the Prius v. Let the battle begin!”
MARTINEZ: Jeff J. Miller.