The 2013 Ford C-Max 

Coming to market with an all-new Hybrid, Ford offers the eco-friendly, tree-hugging population its 2013 C-Max. And right out of the gate, this new model has already garnered some great press, with one publication citing that the 2013 Ford C-Max will "likely be more enjoyable to drive and have a nicer interior," than its competitors. This ride's snazzy cabin gives owners high-quality craftsmanship, along with heaps of comfort and convenience + cutting-edge features. Marry all this to the C-Max's stellar ride and handling capabilities, and it's clear that there is most definitely a new tree in town to hug.

 

Hybrid Power

Powering the 2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid is a 2.0-liter four-cylinder paired with an electric motor juiced from a lithium-ion battery pack. Rated at a combined 188 horsepower, all these ponies are sent to the front wheels of the Ford C-Max via a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT). EPA fuel-estimates are listed at 47 mpg* combined.

 

2013 Augusta Ford C-Max Hybrid vs. Toyota Prius v 

For 2013, Parents magazine chose the Prius V as one of its Best Family Cars. Earning points across the board, the Prius V took home the gold in the high-mileage category. Choosing vehicles with more than 40 miles per gallon on the highway and offering safety features and all the modern conveniences of today, the publication chose the newest edition to the Prius family for its stable ride, ample cargo space and, of course, fuel efficiency. The Prius V was also lauded for its versatility (after all, that's what the "V" stands for), as well as its cutting-edge technology, such as its Entune mulitmedia system and hands-free smart key, which unlocks the driver's side door as owners approach the door handle. For this season, the 2013 Prius V receives efficient  Prius Hybrid Synergy Drive to earn 42 mpg* combined, and also graces owners with its new Pitch and Bounce motor control, which the Prius V automatically employs on undulating roads, in order to improve ride comfort and control.

 

Under the hood of the front-wheel-drive Prius V sits a combined set-up that includes a 1.8-liter gasoline four-cylinder engine paired with a battery-powered electric motor and continuously variable transmission (CVT) that behaves like an automatic. Together, this system produces 134 horsepower  and can run on one or both of its power sources--depending on driving demands. The best news, though, is that the Toyota Prius V does not require plug-in charging. (*Based on 2013 EPA mileage estimates. Use for comparison purposes only. Do not compare to models before 2008. Your actual mileage will vary, depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle.)