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2015 Ford C-MAX Energi

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2015 Ford C-MAX Energi Expert Review

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Toyota may still hold bragging rights when it comes to best hybrid car fuel economy, but Ford's C-Max for 2015 offers a number of compelling arguments for why second best might be a better choice. When it comes to style, comfort, features and overall driving enjoyment, the C-Max leaves the Prius at the pumps. The 5-door C-Max Hybrid can accommodate four passengers and still have room in back for their gear. Flip down the folding rear seats, and the C-Max's cargo bay rivals some compact SUVs. The C-Max shares its platform with the excellent Ford Focus, which is why we think, when compared to the Prius, the C-Max offers a quieter and more premium-feeling interior, a more engaging driving experience and, frankly, less generic styling.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you're seeking good fuel economy in a green car that doesn't look boring or overly futuristic, the 2015 Ford C-Max Hybrid deserves a good look. Handsome styling, a detailed interior and great driving dynamics leave little downside to this purchase.

You May Not Like This Car If...

If you're all about facts and figures, the Prius handily beats Ford's 2015 C-Max Hybrid in miles per gallon. The Prius V offers more interior room, while the Prius C offers a lower starting price. Also, with two exceptions, the C-Max's color choices are simply varying shades of black, white and silver.

How It Ranks

#3

out of 7

Fuel Economy

#2

out of 7

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Consumer Rating

9.0 out of 10
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2015 Ford C-MAX Energi Low/wide front photo What's New for 2015

Ford has made no changes to its C-Max Hybrid and Plug-in Hybrid for 2015.

Driving the C-MAX Energi
2015 Ford C-MAX Energi Front angle view photo

Driving Impressions The C-Max's ace in the hole isn't its good fuel economy, but rather the way it rides and drives. We think Ford's hybrid engine setup feels more spirited and responsive...

... than what Toyota has designed for the Prius, making the C-Max feel much more like a Focus or Honda CR-Z hybrid. A near seamless interchange between gas and electric motor will make you forget you're driving a hybrid, although the cool LCD readouts inside the C-Max's cockpit will quickly refresh your memory. Despite weighing nearly 600 pounds more than the Prius, the 2015 C-Max doesn't suffer from sluggish acceleration or poor handling. Quite the contrary, our C-Max was a joy to push through winding roads and we loved the smooth ride and hushed cabin. In around town driving, the C-Max's tall roof and expansive side glass provide excellent visibility, while the raised seats give a commanding view ahead.

MYFORD MOBILE
This clever app allows C-Max owners to manage charge times and check battery levels right from their smartphones. When traveling, the app displays a map of nearby charging stations.

ACTIVE GRILLE SHUTTERS
Better fuel economy is achieved when wind resistance is diminished. This is the thinking behind the C-Max's active grille shutters that close at highway speeds, thus redirecting air over and around the front nose, reducing both drag and fuel consumption.

2015 Ford C-MAX Energi Details
2015 Ford C-MAX Energi Dashboard, center console, gear shifter view photo Interior

Ford's newfound status as a leader in interior design and material quality is evident in the 2015 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 is excellent, with controls that are user-friendly and easily accessible. Headroom is overly abundant in all seating positions, and rear legroom is suitable for 6-footers. The cargo area offers slightly more space than the regular Prius, but significantly less than the larger Prius V.

Exterior
2015 Ford C-MAX Energi photo

In order to fuse aerodynamics with utility, the 2015 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 multipurpose vehicle than a hatchback. Although 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 2015 Ford C-Max Hybrid 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
2015 Ford C-MAX Energi Engine photo

Every Ford C-Max Hybrid for 2015 features a 2.0-liter Atkinson-Cycle 4-cylinder engine, a gearless continuously variable automatic 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 19 miles. And, unlike the Toyota Prius, the C-Max Hybrid can travel up to 62 mph under full electricity.

2.0-liter inline-4 + electric motor
188 net hybrid system horsepower
129 lb-ft of torque @ 4,000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 42/37 mpg (Hybrid), 40/36 mpg (Energi)

The Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) for the base 2015 Ford C-Max Hybrid SE starts just under $25,000, with the top SEL trim tacking on an additional $3,000. Energi plug-in hybrid models begin closer to $32,500, but are eligible for a federal tax credit of up to $4,000, depending on the state where purchased. Prices for the Toyota Prius and Prius V start around $25,000 and $27,000, respectively. Because federal tax credits for plug-in hybrids are based on the size of a vehicle's battery pack, the Prius plug-in qualifies for a smaller $2,500 tax credit, bringing the starting price to just over $30,000. Be sure to check KBB.com's Fair Purchase Price to see what others in your area are paying for the 2015 Ford C-Max. We expect the new C-Max to retain higher-than-average resale values over a 5-year period, with residuals that fall just shy of those held by the popular Prius.

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2015 Ford C-MAX Energi Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
9.0
Out of 10

Based on 32 Ratings for the 2013 - 2016 models.

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  • Value
    9.1/10
    Quality
    9.2/10
  • Reliability
    9.3/10
    Performance
    9.4/10
  • Comfort
    9.6/10
    Styling
    9.4/10

Great car!

By on Sunday, November 15, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 17,680

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Quiet, can run on electric only"

Cons: "Cheap plastic & leather."

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

"Having owned increasingly more expensive Infinitis for the last 22 years & becoming disillusioned with their repair service I decided it was time for something new. With 4 kids in high school & younger all playing sports I needed something more practical than a regular sedan & since most of my during was to our school or nearby, a plugin hybrid seemed perfect for us---& it's probably the best vehicle decision I've ever made. In 1 1/2 years I've gone almost 18,000 miles, all but 3500 on electric. My electric bill increased about $25-30 while our gas bill decreased from $80/week (for 2 cars) or more during school to $25-30 every 4-6 weeks! The car has almost paid for itself most months & we've gone from splitting time between 2 vehicles to barely using our other vehicle. As for the car itself, the fit & finish isn't quite what iVe grown accustomed to from my Infinitis. This vehicle isn't exactly cheap & there are cheap plastic parts that don't quite fit together on the interior while the extensive use of such cheap plastic has led to occasional squeaks and light rattles. These kind of noises would normally drive me crazy but they aren't overwhelming so I can tolerate them but it just bothers me thinking that for $38k Ford chose such cheap material--which includes leather for the seats that's so cheap feeling one would think it was vinyl. I have only had 1 mechanical issue--a dead battery which was due to a software issue which they easily fixed. But there have been other fit issues on the exterior that I've had to bring back to the dealer several times & they still haven't fixed--the rubber gasket/insulation around the driver's side rear door keeps folding over on itself when the door is closed & I have to constantly fiddle with the door to get it to unfold properly. Left this way the insulation would eventually tear & fall apart prematurely. Finally, the EPA rated gas mileage was 45mpg & though I've averaged 130 combined mpg, on the highway for an extended trip it will only get 35mpg. On the bright side, since it is a plugin, I've gone 6 weeks or more a couple of times without putting gas in the car & can squeeze 30 miles on a full charge as long as it isn't Summer (ac is a must have in FL during the Summer) when I typically get between 24-27 miles. Cold will more adversely affect your available electric miles as on some cold days I've only had 17 miles available after a full charge. Charging on 120v takes about 4 1/2 hours from empty though this can be cut to 1 1/2 hrs or less if you get a 240v charger which I surely would have done had I not leased it."

4 people out of 7 found this review helpful

Solid

By on Thursday, October 08, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 1,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Solid fit + finish as well as driving dynamics"

Cons: "Can you make a 200 hp version?"

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

"Went from a 2007 Saab 2.0l turbo SportCombi wagon to the C-Max Energi and wow... The car feels very solid, both in fit and finish and its drivability. At low speed and high, the driving dynamics don't feel like you're driving a compact car, let alone a hybrid/electric compact car. It has very peppy pick up and the handling is solid. When I test drove it I kept thinking why aren't more people driving this car? In fact, when I test drove a Prius right after, I was shocked at how entirely blah it felt in comparison. Not only am I averaging 49 MPG, the inside the C-Max is much quieter and roomy than expected with a great seating position and view from the drivers seat (again for a compact car this is a surprise). Technology features abound within as well which (almost) make driving my 120 mile round trip daily commute enjoyable. Lastly, as I get to drive in the commuter lane here in Nor-Cal - solo - the 20 mile electric only feature is well worth loss of any rear hatch space. I say, well done Ford."

5 people out of 6 found this review helpful

I love this car!

By on Tuesday, September 15, 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
9/10

Pros: "High tech amenities, great gas mileage."

Cons: "Seats a bit stiff"

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

"As in another review, I too wonder why you don't see more of the C Max Energy on the road. This is a great car, and fun to drive. I road tested this car against a Volt and Prius, and the C Max won hands down for drivability, quality, looks, and high technology. I only rated the comfort a 9 because the seats are a bit stiff compared to a cushy Honda Accord that I used to drive. I have owned it for 3 weeks now. I have a 50 mile commute to work and I have been averaging 70 mpg. I do plug in before I leave for work and while at work, so that helps the mpg rating alot. This car deserves your consideration when shopping for a hybrid plug-in. It is loaded with high technology such as park assist, voice command of the sound system, and navigation, rear camera, and hands-free tailgate self-opening."

4 people out of 6 found this review helpful

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