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2013 Ford CMAX Energi Review Car Reviews

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Ford C-Max Energi

C-Max gets more less mainstream


1. Energi is Ford’s Plug-in brand.

2. Range on electricity is rated at 21 miles, and overall is 620 miles, 80 more than the Prius Plug-in.

3. The C-Max is rated at 108 MPGe city, 92 highway and 100 MPGe combined.

4. the C-Max Energi takes 2.5 using a 240-volt charger.

5. A federal tax credit brings the price of the C-MAX Energi to $29,995, making it the cheaper the Prius Plug-In and Chevrolet after incentives.

When we a look at the C-Max Hybrid month, we found a vehicle managed comparable fuel-economy to the as well as excellent cargo and space. The C-Max Energi is a hybrid, but is designed for even fuel-savings thanks to an amped up pack that will for up to 21 miles of electric-only range. that battery runs the C-Max acts like a hybrid, switching between its four-cylinder engine, and the electric as needed, while charging the with regenerative brakes.

the C-Max riding on the same as the Focus, there’s no doubt the vehicle exhibits a ‘European’ style, which means the ride is much more than what is found in the primary rivals, like the Prius Plug-in. While is very much a driver there are many quantifiable between the Prius plug-in and the Energi. With 195-hp and an top speed of 85 mph, the Ford has a advantage over the Prius which has just 134 hp and a top speed of 60 mph on power.

That’s not all, according to the the C-MAX Energi has a total of 620 miles (21 of which are emissions which is 80 miles more the Prius Plug-in.

Still, took about 10 years to the hybrid package that is popular with consumers so while the spec-sheet is in favor of latest offering, we set off to ensure the numbers don’t lie.


Before the C-Max is put into Drive, there’s a issue. The colorful smart-gauge EcoGuide is indicating that only good for 20 miles of electric driving ahead, is one mile short of Ford’s 21 promise. The loss of that mile is likely the result of an charge cycle, but that stop us from rushing downtown San Fransisco to find the between the Energi and the Hybrid, as as test out this plug-in’s claims.

Following a topping up of the the first main difference the Energi shows is in power While only seven more than the regular it feels peppier with throttle response.

The second noticeable difference in the is in the way the brakes behave. Where we the C-Max Hybrid to have brakes, the Energi has smoothed out feel. In addition to a more feel, it also ensures more electricity is captured regenerative braking, since the drag on a bit further.

To ensure the driver is getting the most out of EV, the C-Max has a few key eco-coaches that you on your braking performance, and use of the

Helping to manage the flow of power is an ‘EV mode’ button, that was missed on the regular This allows direct of the flow of electricity so you can choose to emissions free immediately, or it for later. In the interest of the consumer, we to let the C-Max do the thinking for us, and left it in mode.

As a result, the electric dwindled down to nothing in 15.1 miles, quite a few short of Ford’s 21 mile Assuming that the Toyota Plug-in stands true to its of 15 miles, the C-Max doesn’t much of an improvement over the

When in all-EV mode we to reach highway speeds and comfortably, and while we didn’t the 85-mph limit for fear of a ticket, it seems likely Ford wasn’t bluffing.


Once the battery is drained, the to normal gas-electric hybrid is seamless, and there’s active cancellation to help keep the quiet. From then on, the is pretty much identical in to its regular Hybrid stable-mate, a compliment.

Over our 100-mile to our first stop we managed a 74.5 mpg (that’s including the 15 miles at 100 MPGe). Following a break, where the C-Max was briefly, we made our way back to San including up the windy PCH, the C-MAX delivered just 70 mpg overall. Certainly not bad, and over the whole 200-mile the fuel gauge moved a tick or two, inspiring of confidence and no range anxiety.

The on PCH highlighted the C-Max’s tight feel. Thanks to a platform with the Focus, the C-Max is better on the winding roads a Prius. The steering feel is intuitive, with a good for the turns and a decent amount of

However the low-rolling resistance high curb-weight and tall limits the C-Max’s overall

The CVT transmission, while smooth in driving, was responsive on the open and made little noise really pressured.


At $32,950 the C-Max Energi is available in one trim, but has a few packages to from. Our tester was equipped Ford’s Rapid Spec package, which adds stereo and navigation, keyless and start, a rear-view camera and a sunroof. This extra brings the total of the C-Max up to

Ford C-Max Energi

Fortunately, the C-Max Energi is for a $3,750 federal tax credit, makes it cheaper than the Plug-in, although not by much vs $30,260) after destination and tax

Of note, with the Energi there’s an extra $1,500 fee to get a port installed in your something that isn’t in the MSRP of PHEVs.

The price-tag on the entry-level luxury car segment, so buyers of the C-Max Energi are looking for an eco-friendly vehicle and mind paying for it. The seats is made of Soy foam, while bottles are recycled and used in for the seats and denim jeans are for use as in sound-deadening. Of course all this is a moot point when mentioned that the leather is, real.

Sorry PETA.

The is a comfortable vehicle, with head-room, and it isn’t lacking in leg or either. The addition of the bigger intrudes a bit in the trunk of the Energi but this is still a practical

Trunk space is rated at cu-ft, down from cu-ft in the regular Hybrid while total cargo is 42.8 cu-ft, down 52.6.

Placement of key controls is and you don’t have to go hunting for any on the dash (although the liftgate is slightly obscured by the gear-stick.) is also good, with convex side mirrors to be helpful in illuminating blindspots, and in maneuvering situations.

Just like the hybrid the Energi has a healthy spark of including the familiar MyFord with Sync. Like a few Ford products coming the C-Max includes redundant controls for HVAC settings, you don’t have to fumble the touch-screen to change the cabin or fan speeds. Along with Touch are two gorgeous LCD screens surround the speedometer.

A handy feature that wagon-fans surely love is the hands-free The power-liftgate will automatically when you swing your under the rear-bumper, which is for when your hands are and you have your keys in pocket or purse.


If a major complaint with the is it’s lacking in visual Sure, it’s less inside and out than the Prius, but the C-Max looks like a suffering from an allergic

Some elements help from the puffed up looks, the17-inch aluminum wheels, and mirrors with signals, but are as spiffy as the charge-port on the front fender. When plugged in, a around the port lights up, the charge status of the battery. the entire ring is lit up, the C-Max is charged and ready to go.

It’s a nice detail, and the C-Max a cool night-time when charging.

It might a while to get a full light Using a 240-volt charger two and a half hours, while it seven hours using the common 120-volt charging. It like a lot for just 21 miles of when some full EVs sport an electric range of than triple the Energi only slightly longer.

The also gets a five-year to MyFord Mobile, a smartphone app debuted with the Ford EV. The idea is to give you control and updates of your car’s schedule, even allowing you to a charge during non-peak Even more helpful is a to help locate your and even lock, or start the remotely.

Ford C-Max Energi
Ford C-Max Energi
Ford C-Max Energi

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