2013 Ford CMax Energi Drive Review Autoweek

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Ford C-Max Energi

2013 Ford C-Max Drive Review

The 2013 C-Max Energi gets automatic tailgate, which is with a waive of a foot. by Ford.

The 2013 Ford Energi carries Ford’s new badging, which will be to all of Ford’s plug-in hybrids. by Ford.

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What is it?

The C-MAX is part of Ford s broad in the fuel economy sweepstakes products that range EcoBoost gasoline engines to hybrid, plug-in hybrid and electric models. While s Leaf and Toyota s Prius use architecture, Ford builds its hybrid hardware into products for manufacturing flexibility and retail pricing.

The C-MAX offers an electric range of 21 trumping the Prius six miles of and short of the Chevy Volt s range.

Hybrid electric vehicles account for just 3.3 percent of new purchases despite the media Plug-in hybrids (or extended-range vehicles, according to Chevy command even less share, and pure electric sales are struggling, despite

Part of the problem may be that willing to spend extra to make a save-the-environment statement already bought their while the rest of the car-buying does the math. And with than a few conventional gas-powered boasting 40-mpg highway economy, hybrid marketers can trouble justifying the added The exception to the math rule is of commute-lane (HOV) stickers, a that adds time-saving for drivers who don t carpool.

C. J. O Donnell, s group marketing manager for believes the C-MAX Energi is up to the of bringing green buyers Ford showrooms. O Donnell to the new compact hauler s utility, price, driving dynamics and HOV access in California and other And he plans to go right after s Prius since that still owns the lion s of the hybrid market.

What s it like to drive?

recently, securing the title for the driving gas/electric hybrid was not winning a world s most sloth contest. But Ford has enthusiasm to the C-MAX s environmental Its European roots are evident this small wagon-like MPV is on challenging two-lane roads.


The rack and pinion steering is on-center and the four-wheel disc react in concert with the regeneration to arrest the 3,899-pound

To overcome the C-MAX Energi s weight penalty, Ford a 2.0-liter, 141-hp gas engine works with its 88kW motor for a combined 188 hp. Acceleration electric power is reasonable most scenarios, even merging, and electric top speed is a 85mph. And with both and motor lit, the C-MAX as responsive as Ford s Focus, electricity making up for the additional

Front seating is comfortable for rides with touch softened and nicely finished sourced from recyclable where practical, adding to the car s credentials. Backseat occupants get a bit space and smooth finish Cabin noise is acceptable on roads, raising a few decibels coarse surfaces, which is not for small vehicles.

There s of headroom for tall adults: Honest Abe can keep his stovepipe hat on.

The C-MAX is positioned as a wagon and boasts of people and cargo that trumps a sedan. s truer in the non-plug-in hybrid than it is in the Energi. To accommodate the battery, nearly half the behind the rear seats is

On the positive side, Ford s new tailgate, actuated with a wave under the bumper, is Among other options is for those challenged by docking a wagon.

Do I want one?

The like Chevy s Volt, is a commuter car for owners who are able to get to and fro on cheap electricity. And unlike electrics, this can serve as only car. In fact, a 620-mile range on a 14-gallon the C-MAX provides the opposite of anxiety.

And unlike hybrid offerings manage to wring all the fun out of driving, the doesn t punish those sporting intentions.

Ford C-Max Energi

Finally, it s not inexpensive, the $29,995 price federal tax credit) positions the Energi as the market s most plug-in. Recharge time at is 2.5 hours and the timing can be set via a smart The same technology allows the to heat to civilized temperature to driving while still in, saving precious range.

By every reasonable measure, it like C-MAX Energi may be the of an emerging breed.

2013 C-MAX Energi

ON SALE: Now

PRICE: $29,995 (with Federal tax credit applied)

Five-passenger, plug-in hybrid, drive

DRIVETRAIN: 2.0-liter cycle I-4, 141 hp, 88 kW electric Combined hp rated at 188 by Ford

CURB WEIGHT: 3,899

0-TO-60: 8.3 seconds (observed)

ECONOMY: EPA 100e combined

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