Ford has revealed the price for its 2013 C-Max Energi, $33,745. The C-Max Energi, the American automaker’s first ever plug-in hybrid, will have a single-charge, electric-only range of around 20 miles. Of course, this range is vastly extended when its gas-powered engine kicks in. According to Ford, its max range will be close to 550 miles.
Though the hybrid’s starting price is just above $33,000, the truth is that most buyers will not pay that much. Thanks to the government’s continuous effort to help rich baby boomers buy cars that make them feel good about themselves, purchasers of the C-Max Energi will be eligible for a $3,750 federal tax credit. Folks stuck in California will be rewarded with an additional $1,500 in tax credits. Still, this will put it at the top of most buyers’ price range. After all, most low credit score car loans top out at $35,000 – just a few thousand more than the C-Max will be cost.
The C-Max’s fuel efficiency rating is a combined equivalent of 95 MPGe. This comes at a time when many buyers are disappointed with the EPA mpg ratings, finding that they are overenthusiastic compared to real-life performance.