Originally Posted by PratoN
People seem to be averaging more like 40mpg and there's word that Ford's testing is going to get checked by the EPA...
However, the people that would buy a C-Max are probably loading it with several kids and probably have a lot of traffic in their commute, otherwise they wouldn't shell out the extra money for a hybrid. But still, the mileage claims are 47/47. So the 40mpg still seems kind of low to me. EDIT: Especially with the Prius getting 49mpg and Prius V getting 42mpg. It really upsets me how far behind the US still is when it comes to gas mileage. The Prius C is getting over 50mpg!
Have you seen the way most people tend to drive? At least around here they are usually leadfooting it all the time or puttering around in heavy traffic, most of the time going well over the speed limit and getting upset when they can't meet the mpg on a dynomometer test in the real world when their driving is poles apart.
There are fewer people who seem to be able to consistently beat the epa ratng no matter what. Considering the test was created by the EPA and if the test was run accurately those are the figures, it doesn't mean its easily achieveable in the real world with hills, freezing temperatures, and other impediments to high miles/gallon.