In a move to oust the Toyota Prius from its claim as top hybrid car, Ford brings you the 2013 Ford C-Max Energi Hybrid Plugin. This hybrid wagon is slated to compete for best hybrid vehicle this year. The 2013 Ford C-Max Energi Hybrid Plugin is a variation of the C Max Hybrid, with some differences. For one, the C-Max Energi has a bigger 7.6 KW lithium ion battery pack. The bigger battery size comes at an expense of reduction in the cargo space.
The 2013 Ford C-Max Energi Hybrid Plugin has the same powertrain as the C-Max Hybrid, a four cylinder 2.0L with an electric motor plus its bigger lithium-ion battery. While the total power output is 188hp and 129 lbs. of torque, the same with the C-Max, the C-Max Energi is faster. It can go up to 21 miles on its top speed of 85 mph. The C-Max Energi also recharges faster, requiring only 2 ½ hours on a 240V outlet.
The gasoline engine propels the 2013 Ford C-Max Energi Hybrid Plugin when its battery stored energy is used up. Its fuel rating is at 44 mpg city/41 mpg highway.
Among the standard interior features included are a power driver seat, heated leather upholstery, push-button start, MyFord Touch, and a 6-speaker audio system. You can upgrade this to a 9-speaker premium audio, and also add a powered lift-gate, HD radio and a navigation system among other extras.
For safety, the 2012013 Ford C-Max Energi Hybrid Plugin has front side/ side curtain airbags and a driver knee airbag. It has antilock disc brakes, stability/traction control, rear parking sensors, integrated blind spot mirrors, and Ford MyKey for setting a maximum speed/volume limit.
In competing with the Prius, the 2013 Ford C-Max Energi Hybrid Plugin sacrificed lesser cargo space in favor of a better hybrid engine setup. It has better fuel efficiency and has the greater top speed. Steering and handling is also comparatively better than the Prius.