Ford Latest Automaker Busted for False Fuel Economy Claims

Posted by: Kenny Chan onDecember 6th, 2012

Hyundai was forced to adjust their fuel economy estimates by the EPA after testing showed their numbers were a bit high last month and now it looks like Ford may be headed down the same road. For their redesigned 2013 Ford Fusion Hybrid and C-Max Hybrid, Ford had claimed it they can achieve 47 mpg for City, Highway and Combined driving.

However, when Consumer Reports tested the vehicle along with the C-Max hybrid, after many complaints from owners, they found the Fusion Hybrid achieved 35 for city, 41 on the highway for a combined 39 mpg. The C-Max hybrid was edged out by the Fusion Hybrid at 35 city, 38 highway for a combined 37 mpg. The discrepancy in fuel economy numbers is the highest that CR has ever seen. It certainly has not been a good week for the Ford Fusion. Last week it was a recall for the 1.6L ecoboost and now fuel economy claims on the Hybrid Fusion.

In an e-mail statement to CR Ford said:

“Early C-Max Hybrid and Fusion Hybrid customers praise the vehicles and report a range of fuel economy figures, including some reports above 47 mpg. This reinforces the fact that driving styles, driving conditions, and other factors can cause mileage to vary.”

CR was quick to point out that, while the real world numbers are no where near Ford estimates, they were still very impressive and that they enjoy driving both vehicles. They just wanted to be clear and set the right expectations for consumers. Hey Ford, you should check your mail for a thank-you package from Hyundai.

Source: Consumer Reports via Autoblog.com



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