With all the displays inside the Energi that Ford provides to show instant miles per gallon, miles traveled on electric power alone, total gallons of gasoline used and total kilowatts of electricity used, it’s easy for a driver to get addicted to efficient travel.
But it may take some practice to eke out every single efficient mile.
As an example, an aggressively driven round trip of 355 miles — some of it in mountain roads, some in highway congestion and with air conditioning on — used 9.25 gallons. This equals 38.4 mpg.
The 2-liter, four-cylinder engine generates a decent 141 horsepower on its own and uses regular fuel as opposed to premium in the Volt. Combined horsepower, with electric assist: 188 horses. Instant torque from the electric power squealed the tires at startup in the test car.
Standard safety equipment includes frontal, side and curtain air bags, traction control and reverse-sensing system. A rearview camera is optional.
The C-Max Energi earned four of out of five stars in federal government crash tests overall, excelling in side-crash protection, where it earned five stars.