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EPA investigating Ford hybrids for mileage accuracy

Consumer Reports finds the new Fusion and C-Max have not reached their advertised fuel economy, and the EPA is now looking into it.

By Exhaust Notes Dec 10, 2012 11:41AM
When Hyundai and Kia admitted to overstating EPA mileage estimates and were hit with lawsuits, many wondered who would be next to fall. It could be Ford.

Just one month after the Korean automakers bungled numbers on 75 new cars, Ford is now in the agency's crosshairs for its new Fusion and C-Max Hybrid models.

Who else but Consumer Reports, which despises the automaker's MyFord Touch infotainment system, to claim that the two hybrids aren't making anywhere near their 47-mpg ratings. Both hybrids claim 47 mpg in city, highway and combined driving.

Consumer Reports, after purchasing and breaking in the two hybrids, says it has achieved an average of only 35 mpg city/41 mpg highway for the Fusion and 35/38 for the C-Max. It says other owners have reported similar disappointing results.

"Yes, the disclaimer on EPA fuel-economy labels notes that your results may differ. But the overall mpg for these C-Max and Fusion models is off by a whopping 10 and 8 mpg, respectively, or about 20 percent," the magazine said. "Our overall-mpg results are usually pretty close to the EPA's combined-mpg estimate."

The EPA is still investigating Hyundai and Kia and also is considering civil penalties for their missteps, according to Bloomberg. Ford could face similar trouble -- and lawsuits -- if the EPA determines the mileage estimates are off.

Despite common sense, the EPA relies on manufacturers to submit their fuel-economy estimates and verifies only about 15 percent of all new cars every year.

Ford says your mileage may vary. 

[Source: Bloomberg via Automotive News]

281Comments
Dec 10, 2012 12:12PM
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How can the EPA certify a MPG rating with someone else's data?   That's just rediculous.
Dec 10, 2012 1:21PM
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According to my husband who is a mechanic they drive under "ideal conditions". No AC, on a flat surface and 55 mph. They don't test under how people will normally drive.
Dec 10, 2012 1:43PM
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They need to check ALL automakers, including Ford, GM and Chrysler, as well as all foreign imports. The EPA is a useless organization in this day and age of the internet. Let the consumers report MPG on a real time basis.
Dec 10, 2012 1:12PM
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Yea..

My trust in our government being honest and not lying to the American People...!

ha ha ha ha ha

Get real folks....

Dec 10, 2012 1:00PM
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Despite common sense, the EPA relies on manufacturers to submit their fuel-economy estimates and verifies only about 15 percent of all new cars every year.

Question....Who in the F--- needs the EPA ?  With the input to consumers available on the Internet these days the EPA,OSHA and a host of other useless corrupt beaurocratic agencies are obsolete and should be disbanded by congress.. Oops! That would be like a rattlesnake trying to bite its own ****..

Dec 10, 2012 12:58PM
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With GE in the bag and the VOLT and SPARK on the line they need to do something to make Ford look bad. 
Dec 10, 2012 1:48PM
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My wife's 2006 Fusion gets better mileage than advertised. I better call the EPA and have them investigate! The EPA is why cars get crappy gas mileage! Screw the EPA!
Dec 10, 2012 12:56PM
Dec 10, 2012 12:57PM
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I purchased a 2013 Ford Fusion because of the gas savings claim.  Two days after I bought it, I only calculated 35 mpg and took it back to the Ford dealership to find out why.  They told me there was nothing wrong with the car, acted like I was crazy and it just needed time to "break in" in order to achieve the advertised mileage.

Dec 10, 2012 1:13PM
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How can a bunch of top dogs sit around a table and lie through their teeth.
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