Consumer Reports’ story about two Ford hybrids falling way short of their official 47 MPG number has attracted the EPA’s attention. The agency “will look at the report and data,” it told Reuters.
Last week, Consumer Reports said the Fusion hybrid delivers 39 MPG both on the highway and in the city. The C-Max rated a combined 37 MPG in Consumer Reports’ test. Ford said both vehicles get 47 miles per gallon. CR called it “the largest discrepancy between our overall-mpg results and the estimates published by the EPA that we’ve seen among any current models.”
Hyundai’s failure to deliver published MPG ratings has brought new attention to the numbers. Ever since, there had been industry whispers that Hyundai is not the only case.