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2013 Ford C-MAX Hybrid

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2013 Ford C-MAX Hybrid 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 Hybrid

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 Hybrid Details
2013 Ford C-MAX Hybrid photo 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 Hybrid 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 Hybrid Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.1
Out of 10

Based on 64 Ratings for the 2013 - 2015 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    8.2/10
    Quality
    8.4/10
  • Reliability
    8.2/10
    Performance
    8.5/10
  • Comfort
    8.8/10
    Styling
    8.9/10

comfort and ride excellent; electronics are a pain

By on Monday, July 27, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 27,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
Not Rated
Reliability
Not Rated
Quality
Not Rated
Performance
Not Rated
Styling
Not Rated
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "gas mileage good"

Cons: "electronics a bother"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8

"We are still finding bugs in the electronics. Voice recognition takes more effort than good handles. Touch screen needs someone with child size fingers. Too many menus except for the teen-age nerd."

great travel vehicle

By on Friday, July 10, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 42,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"bought this for travel and fuel savings. has met all expectations. after 4 or 5 hours on road can get out and not be stiff. has all and more feature than my Mercedes 350. Weights more than similar size cars and is fun to drive, like a little sports car."

6 people out of 10 found this review helpful

Best car I have ever owned

By on Wednesday, July 08, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 33,600

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
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "fun to drive, great milage, fast accelleration"

Cons: "I do miss having a spare tire, security blanket"

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

"I will for ever be spoiled. Great gas mileage. Very quiet ride. Handles very well. Interior is very classy."

4 people out of 7 found this review helpful

Awesome except for Ford Mytouch

By on Monday, June 29, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 8,400

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Good looking, lots of nice features."

Cons: "I for applink with Ford MyTouch."

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

"My mileage has been great. I just got off a 5800 mile road trip and I did find out one thing about hybrids. They do not like big wind. I had a 25 to 30 mph head wind for 2 days of my driving across country. It was so windy that even going down hill the EV wouldn't kick in. That fateful day I got 30.5 mpg (which is still better that I have ever gotten in any car I have ever owned). Also I was driving at 83 mph (the new speed limits in Wyoming and South Dakota are 80 mph). After 2 days of big wind and rain, I got around 40 mpg on freeway driving for the rest of the trip. No complaints here. My only problem is with the Ford MyTouch interface. It doesn't support applink. The cheaper version that comes in the SE does support it. Ford is being very quiet on why this is. All they keep talking about is the new MyTouch 3.0 which will come in next years car (sigh). Other than the Vehicle Health Report not running (there is a software fix at the dealer... already scheduled) it has been awesome. I highly recommend it. Don't believe these folks that say they get gas mileage in the upper 20s, low 30s all the time. I don't think if I even tried to get mileage like that I could accomplish it. Normal driving I get 43 to 46 mpg without even trying that hard (OK I try a little bit)."

6 people out of 11 found this review helpful

Worst car I've ever owned - last Ford I'll buy

By on Saturday, June 27, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 17,100

10 2.0
overall rating 2 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
2/10
Value
1/10
Reliability
1/10
Quality
1/10
Performance
1/10
Styling
2/10
Comfort
3/10

Pros: "Good gas mileage"

Cons: "Bad driving in winter, unreliable air cond."

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

"The worst car I've ever owned! I've had 6 Ford's in my lifetime and this is the worst! Lemon car - air cond is unreliable, even after 4 attempts to get it fixed. Absolutely horrendous to drive in the snow, there's no spare tire. I've blown a tire 2 months after owning this and had to call in a tow truck to be towed to a small town, which had to special order a tire that would fit. No storage areas in the front seating area, and very limited 'trunk' storage. This is my last Ford."

6 people out of 12 found this review helpful

Best Car Ever!

By on Thursday, June 11, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 22,800

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
8/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Great mileage, reliable, quiet, fun, roomy"

Cons: "Poor turning radius, narrow storage compartment"

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

"I have had nothing but the best experience with my C-Max Hybrid SEL, now over 2 years old. It was purchased new, but to be honest I didn't know what to expect at first. The car is roomy, front and back - much more comfortable than the comparable Prius model - and there was so much attention paid to the smallest details during design. I have an average of 43.4 MPG on the life of the car so far, which is fantastic! I have owned many new cars, and I am even happier with my C-Max than any of the other more-expensive vehicles I had bought in the past. Only two things I would change ... the turning radius is terrible, my Murano could make tighter turns. Secondly, the storage console is literally a "black hole", very narrow and deep, which renders storage of small console items useless. I have resorted to putting my items in a draw-string bag, and storing that in the "black hole". I plan to buy another C-Max in a year or two, and am anxious to see if these two items will improve. Otherwise, double thumbs up for this car!"

8 people out of 13 found this review helpful

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