Ford C-Max Hybrid

The 2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid is a tall 5-seater that looks like a combination of the Ford Focus and a Ford Explorer. In Europe, they call this vehicle “small MPVs” or Multi-Purpose Vehicle. The Ford C-Max Hybrid is almost the same size as the Ford Focus on which it is based length-wise but stands nearly half a foot taller.

Inside, we can notice the C-Max’s dashboard which is less complex than other European-designed Fords vehicles like the Fiesta and Focus, it also has MyFord Touch system, which replaces the stereo and navigation controls with a single touch screen. The C-Max does obtain conventional dials and buttons for the dual-zone air conditioning and are located behind the shifter, making them difficult to use when the car is in Park. On the instrument panel, the C-Max features the SmartGauge system from the Fusion Hybrid, a traditional speedometer flanked by two LCD screens that can display all sorts of information.

The 2013 Ford C-Max has multi-adjustable front seats which uses an eco-friendly soy-based cusions that’s more comfortable, and the back seat is as tall and roomy as the one in the C-Max’s alleged rival, the Prius V. There are even hidden storage compartments under the rear passenger’s feet. Cargo space of the C-Max Hybrid is 24.5 cubic feet, the floor is flat and the rear seatbacks fold down with a single lever. One of the favorite features in the C-Max Hybrid is the optional foot-activated tailgate that open the trunk by waving your foot under the bumper once your arm are full and unable to open the trunk.

The European designed Ford C-Max gets a range of small gasoline and diesel engines, it has a hybrid drivetrain based around a 2-liter Atkinson-cycle engine. Its total system output is 188 horsepower, about 50 more than the Prius and the Prius V. That shows in the way the C-Max charges up sharp hills that leave the Toyotas losing behind its tail. And with the hill descent mode, activated by a button on the side of the shifter, does a great job of holding the C-Max’s speed on the way down.

On the ratings, the C-Max Hybrid is EPA-rated for 47 MPG in the city and 47 MPG on the highway. Ford is quick to compare that to the Prius (51/48) and the Prius v (44/40). Being based on its big brother the Ford Focus, it is expected that the C-Max will be enjoyable to drive. The steering certainly feels good and the C-Max holds its line in the corners nicely, but the 3,600+ lb. curb weight and low-rolling-resistance Michelin Energy tires which give up their grip quickly, and put this ride on any real fun, and the sensitive brakes made smooth deceleration. The C-Max is definitely more pleasurable than the Prius but its competition will still be on.

In reality the 2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid practically outshines the Prius V,with more interior room, and a back seat space is comparable and the C-Max has about two-thirds as much trunk space. This is a great new vehicle that gives car buyers the space they want and the fuel efficiency they need. It’s a smart and economically sound solution for our changing world.