When it comes to bragging rights, the Toyota Prius has long dominated the fuel-efficiency argument. However, the 2014 Ford C-Max is looking to change the debate by offering a hybrid with features that go beyond good mpg, namely style, comfort and a fun-to-drive attitude. Like the Prius the C-Max is a 5-door hatchback that can comfortably fit four people, or with its seats folded haul loads of cargo. Because it's based on the Ford Focus the C-Max is more driver-friendly than the Prius, offering a better ride, a quieter cabin and a more polished interior. While the Prius may have been first to the party, the 2014 Ford C-Max looks to be the kind of gate-crasher that isn't going to leave without a fight.
By VLL on Friday, July 25, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 11,500overall rating 2 of 10rating details
Pros: "Very comfortable seating, better views than prius."
Cons: "Low MPG for hybrid, major sync issues, bad clock."
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1
"I've had the car for 18 months and have just gotten recall # 8. Also, the MPG has never gone past 36 MPG. After the first visit to clear up 5 safety recalls the clock hasn't kept time for more than 2 days. They say the sync system needs to be updated but it still hasn't been. The airbag light came on and they kept it for a month because they were waiting for the replacement part. Ford never sent it (even though they told dealership they did) so the dealership took the part out of another new car. That part still hadn't arrived by the time I picked up my car. I've filed a complaint and played phone tag w/ the "customer service" representative for several weeks. I received another one of those letters about the mileage problem along with a $475 check yesterday. So they didn't acknowledge the real problem, haven't fixed my clock, and don't seem interested in truly providing customer service. I'm now leaving messages and asking for a time to talk about selling it back so I can get another car."
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By Force on Wednesday, December 25, 2013
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 17,500overall rating 9 of 10rating details
Pros: "Ride, mileage, makes me happy to see traffic(!)"
Cons: "minor software idiosyncrasies"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"I did a lottt of research before plunking down thousands of dollars to buy my C-max, so was aware of the possibility that I might not get the full 47mpg claimed, and still I love this car even on the trips I don't achieve that mpg, and there are lots of trips I get a lot more than 47. My record is 82mpg. The main reason I chose the C-max over the Prius is the ride- I sometimes have back pain from all the driving I do, and the Prius's suspension is way too tight and hard, it would feel like being kicked in the butt all day long. I've been driving the C-max for 10 months with no back pain. There are lots of reasons to love the C-max, the active noise cancellation that makes the car as quiet as a luxury car (and not incidentally also shuts out the obnoxious bad music losers insist on playing at neighborhood disturbing volume levels) the automatic parallel park is brilliant, the space and size of the vehicle is excellent, especially for those who drive a lot and will be getting in and out of it all day. Which makes it even more baffling that the Prius's suspension is so punishing... And the center control panel of the Prius looks like it's covered with warts, (ugh) plus the actual physical controls of the C-max are better looking and much easier to use. I had the hatchback unreliability, but that has been fixed by a software update, and now works 100% of the time. The back-up camera with parking guidance lines that show you where the car will end up have made me back in to all parking spaces now because it's so much easier... fortunately, people are catching on to the back-up camera concept so that only one person in 10 months has tried to park in the space I was backing into. And it has power to spare, you're not locked into eco-hybrid-boring driving only, you can tear it up if you want/need to. And the voice control of everything, including the temp/climate, is great, and safer than looking down to control things."
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By Bish079 on Thursday, October 25, 2012
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 150overall rating 9 of 10rating details
Pros: "Handles well, nice interior/exterior"
Cons: "Break in period for mpg. less mpg in cold weather"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"I've had this car less than a week. I have the SEL 300A with panoramic roof. Coming from a 2007 Escape this has been a huge uprade in terms of luxury/options and mpg. The panoramic roof does not open. Its very nice, especially for rear seat passangers, but it is pricey. Car handles great compared to a compact SUV. Solid acceleration. The shift from electronic to gas is very smooth. The brakes are very grabby due to the regenerative breaking, but I'm getting used to it. With the Escape I was getting 15mpg with hilly city driving. I'm averaging 40+ mpg now. That being said, during my morning commute the gas engine runs more to run the heater which has reduced my mpg. Its a short commute too, so by the time the EV kicks in per normal, I'm almost to work. So I've been getting 29mpg in the AM and 47-49 mpg in the PM. I've gotten 60+ mpg on easy roads. That being said, the manual claims a break in period, and many other are reporting much better MPG after the 2nd or 3rd tank of gas (1000+ miles). As much as 5-7mpg difference, so I expect my 40 average to get up to 47 then once the break in is over. There is also a little button I found on the gear stick that will improve regenerative breaking return. Since the gas engine runs more often when the battery is <50% full this may be a better way to improve MPG in lots of stop/go traffic. I have not had a chance to play with it much. So far I have had zero regets buying the car. Need to be patient with the final mpg verdict, but for me it is already a huge improvement. Storage is about 20-30% less than the Escape, but there are floor compartments to help store little things. There is also a normal 120V plug, USB plugs and automatic phone syncing via bluetooth."
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