2013 Ford CMax car review @ Top Speed

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year: 2013 make: Ford Model: C-Max price: $25200 Engine: inline-4 Transmission: CVT Automatic Horsepower @ RPM: 141 MPG(Cty): 47 MPG(Hwy): 47 Torque @ RPM: 129 Energy: Sequential multiport electronic Displacement: 2.0 L 0-60 time: 8.1 sec. Top Speed: 115 mph Layout: iVCT

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The C-Max is Ford’s first Hybrid-only model and comes in two mechanical configurations: Hybrid and ‘Energi’ Plug-in Hybrid. Bringing the heat to Toyota ’s popular Prius and the Chevy Volt. the C-Max fills a solid gap in the marketplace among consumers who won’t settle for the other cars’ many limitations.

C-Max sales are ramping up steadily and the C-Max is on track to be Ford’s best-selling hybrid model of all time by the end of 2013, based on current year-to-date sales and projections. Granted, Ford has some major ground to make up versus the Prius lineups, which has topped 200,000 sales annually in recent years.

The first-to-market advantage of the Prius continues today with the model family taking 58 percent of the market share for hybrid-electric cars. Despite its utter dominance of the segment so far, there’s no reason that the Prius should set the template for all PHEVs (plug-in hybrid electric vehicles) or simpler full hybrids. As shown by the Tesla Model S. there really is a better way. Driving a hybrid shouldn’t have to mean total misery on the road.

Would anyone choose a Prius if it didn t get amazing mileage? No way.

Living somewhere between the Prius and Prius V models, the C-Max offers some real advantages versus its archrivals from Toyota .

Ford’s bringing its fun-to-drive C-Max to crash the dull Prius party. With more space and more family-friendly packaging than the Focus. but all of its enthusiasm for corners, the C-Max pair will continue to gain ground in the sales battle among eco-keen drivers.

Click past the jump for the full C-Max Hybrid and C-Max Energi review, detailed specs and jumbo image gallery.

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The styling of the C-Max is quietly inoffensive with sophisticated surface treatments, practical proportions and the latest family cues from both the Focus Electric and Fusion Hybrids.

The front of the C-Max features a prominent chrome grille and smaller top and bottom grilles below. The effect disguises the C-Max’s tall wagon body profile nicely and is paired with simple reflector headlamps and chrome-trimmed fog lights. Overall, it is not quite as striking as the Fusion but looks better than the Focus to some eyes.

In the accompanying photos, the grey and greenish cars are the Hybrid models, while the light blue car is the Energi. It’s easy to get them mixed up: they share all dimensions and styling aside from unique badges and a charging port for the C-Max Energi s wall plug.

All C-Max models have active grille shutters that close off a portion of the C-Max’s nose for additional aerodynamic smoothness when the cooling air isn’t needed.

Ford C-Max Hybrid
Ford C-Max Hybrid

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