Ford Lawsuit States Misleading Fuel Economy on C-MAX, Fusion Hybrids

By Matthew Askari | December 27, 2012
For d is being sued for misleading consumers regarding fuel economy on two of its hybrid models. The lawsuit claims the 2013 Ford C-MAX hybid, and the popular midsize 2013 Ford Fusion Hybrid, don't get the fuel economy Ford claims.
The Ford Fusion Hybrid gets an EPA estimated 47 mpg city, 47 mpg highway, and 47 mpg combined. The plaintiff is asking for full reimbursement of the vehicle price for owners, as well as to rescind sales of the vehicles, and halt "false and misleading" advertising. Ford has said it is aware of the lawsuit, "but cannot discuss pending litigation."
The lawsuit comes at an especially poignant time in the industry, as Hyundai and Kia have recently been implicated in false fuel economy claims. The automakers have admitted to knowingly selling cars that didn't get the stated fuel economy, and misleading consumers in advertising. Over 900,000 models were sold with misstated mpg numbers, in many cases a 1-2 mpg difference from actual fuel economy. Hyundai and Kia have since apologized, and overall fleet fuel economy has been adjusted from 27 mpg to 26 mpg.
While Ford has yet to be found guilty of similarly misrepresenting fuel economy—and has yet to defend itself—this may be the tip of the iceberg. To meet federal regulations and keep up in a rapidly evolving auto market, many automakers have been looking to increase fuel economy. But in an effort to impress buyers who are more concerned with overall gas mileage than ever, some automakers may have knowingly stated over-zealous figures far from real-world driving fuel economy. We'll be following along closely in the coming weeks and months to bring you any developments. Source: Automotive News (subscription required).
Dennis C. Boytim
Dennis C. Boytim

I live in northern Ohio and I am leasing a 2013 Ford C-Max and get only 34-36 MPG. I have over 3,000 miles on the car. When I complained to the dealership about the poor (compared to Ford's claims) MPG after driving over 1,000 miles, I was told that it should improve after the engine has 2,000 to 3,000 miles. However, although I got about 37 MPG when I first leased the car, after putting 3,000 miles on the engine, the MPG actually got WORSE--I now get 34 to 35 MPG for combined driving--I get the same MPG whether I am driving in the city or driving exclusively on the highway. That is, I get the same poor gas mileage (34-35 MPG) in town driving and highway driving. I tried all types of driving--under the speed limit; slow, careful accelerations; 35 mph, 55 mpr, or 65 mpr, etc. and I always get the same poor gas mileage. I contacted Ford Motor Company and complained about the poor gas mileage. The Ford rep. told me to contact the service dept. of a Ford dealership so they could check the engine to make sure that there was nothing wrong. I then took it to the Ford service dept. They checked the engine with their equipment and I was told that everything was fine,,,i.e., there was nothing wrong that could cause the car to get poor gas mileage. I am very dissatisfied with this C-Max. I over paid for this hybrid car (i.e.,it is way over-priced) because of the deceptive MPG claims (47/47) by Ford Motor Company. I asked the dealer if I could get out of the lease because of Ford's deception and the poor MPG. I was told that there was nothing that could be done--I would have to "buy out" the lease to unload the car. I hope I have the opportunity to join in on a class-action suit against Ford.