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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 3:29PM
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You think thats bad! My 1973 gran torino sport averaged 3 gallon to the mile!!
Dec 10, 2012 3:28PM
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My 2010 Mercury Milan Hybrid averages around 34.8 MPG which is far below the 41 city/36 highway mileage rating Ford claims.
Dec 10, 2012 3:25PM
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Isn't it just like the tea baggers to inhabit any blog that has government oversight over anything? Remember who brought us the unfunded war in Iraq, the Bush tax cuts for the rich, and the GOP Graham-Ruddman bill that deregulated the banks, that headed us directly to the Grand Recession, and almost lost America her greartest industry! 

 

The majority of Americans don't deserve your attention, nor will ever applaud you for your sentiment! Deregulation is just the rich convincing too many in the Tea Party that you are brainwashable, and the colors won't fade! It's time for you to self-deport! You thought of it, now show us how it's done if you are so against our democracy. You lost the election! Stop trying to control us when you were soundly thrashed in the election!

 

We need the EPA, and OSHA, and FEMA, and AQMD to protect us from the contributors of your wingnut party! 

Dec 10, 2012 3:24PM
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How about going after GM on the Equinox, purchased a new 2011 4 cyl. rated at 22 city and 32 highway, I got 17 city and 24 highway after 29,000 miles, OSHA and the EPA are like Brown shirts and SS types (from you know where and you know when), FORD always got there EPA numbers before.

F GM, I will never buy one of their products again, and the Traverse has several similar horror stories on fuel ratings being way off. Toyota is just as bad. 
Dec 10, 2012 3:22PM
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Ford is kicking Government Motors' butt on the sales floor. Look at GM's sales....their consumer sales are flat or declining.  What is keeping them from being completely disgraced is "fleet" sales, probably mostly to the government.

 

Now a government agency is investigating Ford.  Hmmm.

Dec 10, 2012 3:19PM
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Perhaps Ford ginned up the mpg by driving these cars downhill from Pike's Peak?
Dec 10, 2012 3:13PM
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For the record, I have never, in my entire life, gotten anywhere near the results that were claimed on a window sticker on my cars, no matter who manufactured them, except with the engine off, and a gale breeze pushing me down a hill, while I was in neutral gear! The testing results on the window stickers should be from an average of drivers, not from a laboratory floor, where no one can see the wind tunnel jimmying up the results!
Dec 10, 2012 3:11PM
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They don't need to do anything to make Ford look bad, Ford does that on their own. Ford has produced garbage for years and has gotten away with it. Remember the fire breathing ignition switches?
Dec 10, 2012 3:10PM
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oh we all see the game. ford didnt take money from goverment like gm an chys. they stood on there own feet. so lets go after the ones that didnt take our money an say we are paying it back. has chry. even paid intrest or anything. they got best cars an trucks going. an they have did it on there own. so lets try an start some stuff that may hurt there sales. i got 2007 ford f-150 v8 5.4 thats gets 20/1/2 miles to gal but my sticker said maybe 15-18 mpg .so we going to go after them also because my truck gets more than they say it will get be real epa . how about this stuff. you guys check out what they are spraying in the air. get a life an stop trying to put good guys down .
Dec 10, 2012 3:09PM
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My 2009 Ford Escape V6 gets much better mileage (in-town & highway combined) than it is supposed to. I do NOT drive slow, so you figure it out. Some vehicles are just going to do better than others, even when they are the same make and model and equipped the same. As for Consumer Reports, I am starting to wonder about them. They constantly rate AT&T as the worst cell phone company, and have done so for years. I am a very happy AT&T customer. I travel all over the US and take my phone to foreign countries. I have never had a problem with service, yet these clowns would have you believe AT&T is crap. Am I just the world's luckiest person, or is "something rotten in Denmark?"
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