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2013 Ford C-MAX Energi

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2013 Ford C-MAX Energi Review

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As the mpg wars rage on, there is one word that typically comes to mind when shopping for a new fuel-efficient vehicle: Prius. But the 2013 Ford C-Max intends to disrupt that involuntary word association by offering eco-conscious consumers the fuel economy they expect from an efficiency leader with the driving dynamics of a conventionally-driven 5-door hatchback. Similarly, the interior layout looks, feels and operates like a traditional vehicle, while the plug-in Energi variant bridges the efficiency gap in Ford's lineup between the C-Max Hybrid and the all-electric Focus EV. In a category dominated by the Prius family of vehicles, the 2013 Ford C-Max has all the right stuff to compete head-to-head with one of the most recognized vehicle nameplates in history.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you are on the hunt for a highly-efficient vehicle, but unwilling to sacrifice horsepower and responsive handling, the 2013 Ford C-Max provides the best balance of fuel economy and driving fun in the segment.

You May Not Like This Car If...

If mpg and price are the key criterion in your next new car, you might find the Toyota Prius' superior fuel mileage and lower starting price more appealing.

What's New for 2013

The 2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid and Energi plug-in hybrid constitute a new breed of fuel sippers designed to split the difference between the regular Toyota Prius and the mid-size Prius V in terms of size, price and fuel economy.

Driving the C-MAX Energi

Driving Impressions When it comes to driving performance, the Ford C-Max enjoys a sizable advantage over the competition. Ford's third-generation hybrid drive system feels considerably more powerful than its Prius rivals, and...

the virtually seamless transition from gasoline engine to electric motor effectively disguises the C-Max's hybrid nature. Although the 2013 C-Max is nearly 600 pounds heavier than the Toyota Prius, winding roads are tackled with a surprising level of precision and control. Outward visibility is equally good, as the C-Max's elevated seating position provides an SUV-like view of the road ahead. Apart from its awkward location, the brake pedal has a firm, linear feel. Despite the Ford C-Max's relatively tidy dimensions, road and wind noise at highway speeds are well contained.

MYFORD MOBILE
Since plug-in hybrid vehicles are still in a state of infancy, Ford developed a smartphone application to help C-Max Energi owners manage charge times and check battery levels, and it also provides a map of local charging stations.

ACTIVE GRILLE SHUTTERS
When vehicle speeds increase, aerodynamics go to work. By redirecting the flow of air around rather than through the grille opening at highway speeds, the Ford C-Max's active grille shutters reduce turbulent airflow and improve fuel efficiency.

2013 Ford C-MAX Energi Details
Interior

Ford's newfound status as a leader in interior design and material quality is evident in the 2013 C-Max. The 5-passenger cabin is filled with attractive, soft-touch surfaces that combine to produce a remarkably upscale feel, particularly for this class of vehicle. Ergonomics are excellent, with controls that are user-friendly and easily accessible. Headroom is overly abundant in all seating positions, and rear legroom is suitable for six-footers. The cargo area offers slightly more space than the regular Prius, but significantly less than the larger Prius V.

Exterior
2013 Ford C-MAX Energi photo

In order to fuse aerodynamics with utility, the 2013 Ford C-Max's exterior design emphasizes function over form. While no less stylish than a Prius, the Ford C-Max features a distinctive shape that associates more closely with a multi-purpose vehicle than a hatchback. Though it shares the majority of its underpinnings with the Ford Focus, the C-Max is roughly five inches shorter in length. The C-Max's taller stature makes it easier for taller drivers to enter and exit the vehicle, while the available power liftgate incorporates a height-adjustable function to accommodate users of all sizes.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

In base SE form, the 2013 Ford C-Max includes dual-zone climate control, manually-adjustable front seats, a 60/40-split rear seat, 17-inch alloy wheels and a 6-speaker audio system with basic hands-free voice recognition and a USB port for portable music players. SEL models add heated front seats, leather seating, push-button start and the MyFord Touch infotainment system with an 8-inch touch-screen display and conversational voice-recognition software. Safety equipment includes seven airbags, a full complement of electronic stability aids and Ford's SOS post-crash alert system that activates the horn and hazard lights in the event of an airbag deployment.

Optional Equipment

Features available for both SE and SEL trims include a panoramic moonroof with a power-operated sunshade, remote-start system and touch-screen navigation with customizable routes from MapQuest. SEL models offer a convenient foot-activated power liftgate that opens and closes by simply waving your foot under the rear bumper as well as an active park assist feature that makes parallel parking as simple as pressing a button. The C-Max Energi comes in one trim level and offers most of the features available for the C-Max Hybrid.

Under the Hood

Every C-Max features a new 2.0-liter Atkinson-Cycle 4-cylinder engine, a gearless continuously-variable transmission (CVT) and a 35-kW electric motor to produce a combined 188 horsepower. The Energi boasts a larger version of the Hybrid's lithium-ion battery pack for an all-electric range of approximately 20 miles. And, unlike the Toyota Prius, the C-Max Hybrid can travel up to 62 mph under full electricity.

2.0-liter inline-4 hybrid
188 net hybrid system horsepower
129 lb-ft of engine torque @ 4,000 rpm
EPA City/highway fuel economy: 47/47 mpg (Hybrid), NA/NA mpg (Energi)

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2013 Ford C-MAX Energi Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
9.0
Out of 10

Based on 30 Ratings for the 2013 - 2016 models.

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  • Value
    9.1/10
    Quality
    9.2/10
  • Reliability
    9.2/10
    Performance
    9.4/10
  • Comfort
    9.6/10
    Styling
    9.5/10

All around exceptional C Max Energi

By on Wednesday, August 19, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 3,900

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "comfort mileage quiet"

Cons: "none"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I decided to sell my Flex and purchase a more fuel efficient vehicle while gas is so affordable. The great price on a plug in hybrid plus all the standard features in the C Max Energi make me wonder why more people don't drive one ! The electric range is from 22-29 depending on my driving and the regenerative brakes contribute to better mpg. I can go three to four weeks without a fill up. Even when my electric charge is empty the C Max spends most of its time in electric mode . I only see the car using hybrid on hilly driving or quick acceleration. The transition from hybrid to electric is seamless. You wouldn't know it was electric. The electric motor is fast and efficient. I use the 110 electric charge cable that was standard. It usually charges in under 6 hours overnight. It is roomy comfortable and quiet. It is easy to enter and exit the vehicle. The vehicle begins to remember your driving pattern and style while maximizing your mpg. It also has an eight year one hundred thousand mile warranty on the hybrid/battery components. You can't ask for a better vehicle."

Stunned at the functions of this car

By on Saturday, August 01, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 20,500

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Last December, I started a search for a car to replace my 10 year old Saturn VUE. Narrowed it down to the C-Max Hybrid, about 1 year used. I've found buying gentle used cars to be better than buying new. Those are few and far between in the area, either due to the low production rate, or popularity of the car. In April, although I wasn't looking for the plug-in hybrid, I found a 2014 1 year used with 16k miles that I thought made good sense. My commutes and trips around Albuquerque are generally less than 20 miles round trip, so it REALLY made sense. I can't say enough about how after 4 months of driving, I'm really enjoying every feature on it, in particular that I can just plug in into a 110 outlet next to my car in the garage overnight and be ready for a day's worth of driving at 1/10th the cost of gas and NO emissions. Long road trips are also a pleasure--I've been averaging over 39mpg on gas alone, which is a far sight better than my old VUE. Comfort and convenience are extraordinary. I feel totally spoiled with all the bells and whistles Ford has built into this model, which came with the technology package and the enhanced sound system. I haven't had any really issues with the large battery pack in the rear. I can still haul a dozen bags of mulch plus various other items back to the house. There is a bit of awkwardness with larger items, but truly, it's not an issue. Quietness? Amazing! Acceleration? So smooth in EV mode. Moving to gas isn't even noticable. I love that I can switch between EV only, EV as needed, or gas only. If I need more punch, I can gun it a bit for that extra horsepower the gas engine will give. NO problems with freeway access. I get a kick out of being able to regenerate a bit of the battery with braking and downhill driving, a bonus I hadn't thought about. I get between 18 and 24 miles on EV only, which is quite decent for my personal around town. For those with longer commutes, I'd just consider it bonus mileage without having to consume gas. I'd buy this car again in a heartbeat."

5 people out of 7 found this review helpful

Why doesn't everyone drive one of these?

By on Wednesday, July 29, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 1,200

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Almost everything"

Cons: "MyTouch slow response, SYNC3 in 2016 will fix it"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I've had this car 30 days and I've used ONE GALLON OF GAS! 22-mile commute each way is done in 100% electric mode, consistently getting 27-28 mile range on each charge. I leased it with no options, yet I still have everything I want or need: heated leather seats, dual-zone auto climate control, back-up sensors, keyless entry and start. The most surprising aspect for me has been what it takes to drive it: gentle starts and stops, paying close attention to signal lights and traffic ahead, anticipating and planning your trips. In other words, the old rules of defensive driving work surprisingly well for this car, and I can't imagine a better car in which to teach a teenager how to drive. If you have a standard commute every day of 25 miles per less on each leg and you're a good defensive driver, you'll love this car."

6 people out of 10 found this review helpful

Very pleasant surprise

By on Thursday, May 21, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 12,500

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "always over 100 mpg, very comfortable."

Cons: "Would like longer EV range"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"My wife was not excited about the C-Max Energi as a second car. After just a few times driving it she took it over and left me with her SUV. When we go out together (or with friends, it has great room) we always take the C-Max. I have solar so it is a perfect fit for our family. Plus with a Ford you are supporting a company that did not take taxpayer dollars during the big giveaway."

6 people out of 14 found this review helpful

Great Car!

By on Monday, April 20, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 28,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Luxury features and electric driving range"

Cons: "Would be nice to have more space in the back."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I have had this car for one and a half years. I am a previous Prius owner. I must say this car is vastly more comfortable and handles much better. I can commute in pure electric mode every day at regular highway speeds. It has been very reliable. This car has an excellent information system that lets you know exactly how to drive for the best fuel economy. I am extremely impressed with this car. I will definitely consider buying another Ford vehicle. Well done Ford!!"

5 people out of 8 found this review helpful

Purchased 05-13. Avg 1380 mi/14 gal & 88¢ / charge

By on Sunday, January 18, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 18,650

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "$1112 elect/gas in 19 months vs $2200 @ 3.67/gal"

Cons: "Rear storage could be better, but there's the batt"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"We traded our 2006 Ford Escape Hybrid for this 2013 Ford C-Max Energi, the Ford's first plug-in hybrid. After 46 years of driving experience, this is hands down the best vehicle ever! On average, it is driven between 28 and 50 miles per day. At 10¢ per KWh for electricity, it costs about 88¢ to fully charge. Despite some initial recalls, all related to the computer systems on board that control the hybrid system, it has been a flawless friend. With its intelligent oil monitoring system, we have yet to change oil at 18,600 miles. Since the engine runs so infrequently the car tells you when the oil needs changing. Winter driving in snow and ice is "no worry" due the the excellent, intelligent traction control system. Never a worry with Michelin X-Ice tires. Summer e-mileage with AC averages 17 to 20 miles per charge. Winter e-mileage with heat averages 13 to 17 miles per charge. Summer or winter, with no heat or AC, e-mileage averages 21 to 27. We have become very familiar with the build-in "brake coach," that taught us how to get our 98% energy return every time we brake. Though it looks small from the outside, its interior area is identical to our 2006 Escape hybrid. Check the figures - that is true. All-in-all, the best vehicle we have ever owned!"

17 people out of 29 found this review helpful

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