While Toyota’s new Prius hybrid can brag about best-in-class fuel economy, Ford’s 2016 C-Max offers a number of equally enticing reasons to look toward the blue oval. In the areas of interior design, comfort and technology, the C-Max feels warmer than the ultra-modern Prius layout. The 5-door C-Max Hybrid’s tall roof provides excellent accommodations for four adults, plus ample room for their luggage. Fold the C-Max’s rear seats flat and you’ll find a cargo bay large enough to rival some small SUVs. And, because the 2016 C-Max
Hybrid shares much of its suspension bits with the excellent
Ford Focus, it offers a smoother, quieter ride than most other hybrids, not to mention a more dynamic driving experience.
The Ford C-Max sails into 2014 relatively unchanged. New transmission gearing aims to improve fuel economy, while a new approach to fuel-economy labeling results in slightly lower EPA estimates more in line with real-world driving.
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.
Cons: "It's turned me into a electric car freak. :("
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"The Energi; What a fun car to drive; great commuting car as well as trips. I haven't driven it aggressively yet, but for normal commuting am getting 47mpg at 62mph and 45mpg at 65 mph, and I have a challenging, hilly commute. I do think the gas mileage will go down to, gasp, the 30s with hard driving. It really shines in rush hour traffic.
It's very quiet; great visibility. I really like the sync system. However, I loved the idrive in my beemers.
I am puzzled by the complaints about the gas mileage. I got over 51mpg the other day in a somewhat flat stretch of freeway in 30 minutes of driving.
I really really wanted to like the volt, but I found the low ceiling and rather cramped interior too depressing, and found it boring to drive."
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."
Pros: "MPGs, baby....I can go weeks without filling up"
Cons: "no spare change holder or drawer...pain in butt"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"I've actually leased this vehicle for just over one year (didn't want to buy technology that's changing so rapidly) and I have to say it's really fantastic. I tend to be an early adopter, but not reflexively so; I'm often drawn to stuff that hasn't caught on yet in popular culture but that just makes sense to me in a way that other options do not. That's what intrigued me about the C-Max and made the Prius a non-starter for me (though I also needed a vehicle big enough to fit a double-bass, which was another strike against the Prius).
The C-Max's interior is very nice, filled with beautiful sunlight (I got the huge glass roof), very roomy, and comfortable. Nice console (some complain about complexity....I think it's great), very good sound system, great voice activated commands and GPS nav system, great performance metrics display options.
But the real thrill is the car's efficiency...I just love getting 150+ MPGe on many local, shorter trips (all electric driving) and averaging over 60 MPGe overall. Having put over 20k miles on the car in a year, I've saved thousands of $ in fuel expense. In fact, my wife's car, which gets about 20 MPG, cost over $3200 in gas last year while I drove 5k more miles than she did and spent less than $900 on gas.
I'm definitely a convert to the electric/hybrid technology and can't imagine going back to a gas-powered vehicle."