Yes, it isn't quite as responsive, but it still seems to accelerate when needed, and it does get better mileage. More interesting to me is how I don't need to break as often. The car slows down more quickly when off the gas. I probably break half as much as when not in ECO mode. I do drive differently in the CMax, but no, I don't pay that much attention to staying under 2 bars. I am more interested in surviving my 35 mile commute during rush hour! One of the reasons I bought another CMax versus a Prius, KIA or Hundai is the CMax's ability to accelerate decently. Also, the price was phenomenal and I do feel good about it being made in Detroit.
How does your brake score compare between the 2013 and 2016?
It would seem that it might be easier to get a higher brake score with a higher level of regenerative braking but that doesn't necessarily translate into higher FE because one should get better FE with less regenerative braking when one is not coming to a complete stop. Ones best FE would be to coast in N (no regenerative braking) to a stop.
Based on my testing a few years ago, regenerative braking losses are more than most think such that the difference between say an overall average 95% brake score vs a 97% brake score saves very little energy. But, for those drivers that have difficulty getting 90% and now using the new eco mode can achieve 97% with the extra regenerative braking in Eco mode, they will likely improves their FE slightly when comming to a complete stop.
With ForScan, I can watch brake pressure in real time. So, one can develop a "feel" for when one applies to much brake pressure and the friction brakes are applied. I would rather have full control of regenerative braking from none to maximum using the brake pedal. As I've said before, I'd like a threshold screen for regenerative braking much like the threshold screen in Empower for EV operation.
Also, the 2016 has the aero mods that the 2013 doesn't have. There are probably other tweaks like the new Eco mode that might improve FE in the 2016 over the 2013. Hasn't it been verified that the 2016 is limited to about 65 mph in EV only mode?