2013 Ford CMAX Energi review Digital Trends Reviews

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Ford C-Max Energi


Going whole hog and around in one of those crazy known as an “electric car” can be a thing, especially for drivers their whole lives on cars (i.e. everybody).

But for of you who would rather not wade in the urine-tinged kiddy pool of electric motivation by driving a (sorry, hybrids) or cannonballing into the deep end by going electric, why not slap on a pair of wings and safely soak up the EV in a plug-in hybrid?

In fact, I’m sure those were the word’s uttered by the Ford when pitching the 2013 Energi to the bosses up in Dearborn. But Ford’s first dedicated hybrid fizzle or does the Energi deserve a place in the Oval’s rapidly growing car portfolio?

The 2013 C-Max base price is $33,000 and as tested and those numbers are federal tax rebates (usually and anything your state may in. It’s a five-passenger plug-in electric vehicle with roots (oh la la) and Ford Focus It runs on both gas and electricity, but than being forced to the battery up by driving on gas as in a regular the Energi can be plugged in and recharged, the gas engine to pinch-hitter while you around on electrons alone.

but poorly designed

Naturally, impressions are crucial, so after the glittery ruby red paint the C-Max Energi, it was time to in and experience it for myself.

There are a of positive elements in the C-Max’s The leather wrapped seats, wheel and center console-mounted all felt great to the touch, material quality along the and side looked and felt plush. With a 10-way adjustable driver seat, I was to fiddle with my settings to maximum comfort.

Plus, the elevated seats in the C-Max, its large forward greenhouse, a better view of the road both the Prius Plug-in and the Volt.

But then things to go south because from the looking in, the C-Max Energi a lot more practical than it is.

…from the outside looking in the Energi appears a lot more than it really is.

The dash is with vertical vents never feel like were blowing air where I them to. The LCD display from Ford’s beleaguered MyFord system emanates (more on Touch in a bit) is perched too and far away to interact with And with the shifter placed so up on the center console, it was hard to the dual zone climate whenever I shifted into

I actually had to shift down Drive and put my foot on the brake if I to fiddle with the controls.

is also very little space up front. The cupholders, a bastion for my phone, keys and are too narrow and shallow to be of any real

Those quibbles aside, the is a comfortable space to be in size-wise. is plenty of room in the second row taller passengers will head and shoulder room a bit thanks to the car’s sloping And while you could technically three people in back, two is the realistic number here.

space is another sour Given the need to house the large battery pack, left with 19.2 feet of space, which is than the Chevy Volt but less than the Toyota That number rises to cubic feet with the seats folded down. I was able to stuff the majority of a Costco trip in the cargo the remainder had to be shoved in the second row of Making matters worse, the cargo area is elevated and off abruptly near the liftgate making it easy for items to down into the small created by the step.

This reduces the utility aspect of the Energi for hauling items and at the same time.

The trouble MyFord Touch

At the heart of the driver-technology interface is MyFord I knew the C-Max Energi sport Ford’s navigation and system and given my not so wonderful with it in the past, I can’t say I was thrilled at the prospect of using it

Ford’s interface gets a lot of and rightfully so. It’s terribly despite trying so hard to be Normally, I get in a car with a touchscreen and I’m at it like a prepubescent schoolboy.

But the with MyFord touch is it’s so slow and unresponsive I’d rather not play with it at all for of going blind.

Ford’s quadrant system is supposed to things easier to navigate. is a section for your phone, radio/media, and climate controls. But other systems let me customize to fit my needs GM’s MyLink to mind MyFord Touch in those four choices, no customization options whatsoever.

the outside, the C-Max employs the seemingly Aston Martin-inspired grill, only with a less bravado.

Couple the draconian interface with buttons that make destinations a tedious task, with a weak GPS antenna drops satellite radio even where there are no and Ford may as well call it Punch because that’s what I wanted to do to it after a week with the plagued

Thankfully, voice commands a lot better than the clunky Rather than robotically up voice commands by state, and street, the C-Max Energi me to enter addresses hands-free by the entire address string in one placing calls was a breeze; I had to speak the name of a contact in my phone and presto.

Pairing my to the C-Max Energi also it easy to stream music apps like Pandora and which piped through an Sony audio system. system didn’t exactly me away, but it’s a great setup that turns the Energi into a thumping on wheels. MyFord Touch isn t a loss, but it still has a ways to go.

The car coaches

Flanking each of the central speedometer are two LCD displays. The on the left displays a cornucopia of information including how much and electricity is being used with your current mpg and (miles per gallon equivalent) .

The left screen is also the car’s brake coach is which grades you on how effectively you are the C-Max’s regenerative braking which recaptures energy time you brake and puts it in the battery. For me, the brake coach a meta game of its own and I found obsessing on how to achieve a perfect 100 score every time I to a stop (pro tip: you caress the brakes and plan stops way, way ahead). An result of this efficiency is that I tended to more observe the traffic ahead in to make my stops generate power.

The right-hand screen a lot of what you already see on the center screen, with the exception of an tree that adds the more efficiently you drive. Go on the gas while making the most of braking and Ford’s digital will flower while you get the out of the C-Max’s battery and gasoline Drive like a speed and you strip away whole of the Amazon rainforest.

Or something that.

Both screens are using two D-Pad-like controls on the wheel. I have to say that out of all the cars I have driven, pure EVs and plug-in hybrids, the C-Max Energi does the job of not only showing you how efficiently you are but coaching you on how to drive more as well.

Not long after the C-Max into “D” and puttering the road did it become clear to me how much the car behaves like, a normal car albeit one that a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine but happens to be paired to an electric powered by a 1.4 kWh lithium-ion battery.

in Portland’s gridded downtown, the Energi ran primarily on its lithium-ion and electric motor. Unlike the Plug-in, which has a total range of roughly 13 miles, the Energi can travel roughly miles on a single charge, on how you drive and whether or not you have the or air conditioning on. I found when I attention to mileage and went on the pedal, I could squeeze 20 miles from the battery EV mileage hovered around

Because mileage can vary so in an EV depending on conditions and your foot, scrutinizing or praising extensively is about as useful as an on a motorcycle. Still, EPA-figures a combined 100 MPGe, making the Energi one of the most fuel-efficient available. For reference, the Prius gets 95 MPGe and the Volt 98

Be warned though, 100 MPGe to when the Energi is running on electricity. After all that is zapped, the Energi reverts to an EPA 44 mpg in the city, 41 mpg highway, and 43 mpg combined as the regular C-Max).

EPA-figures a combined 100 MPGe, making the Energi one of the most fuel-efficient available.

Like the Volt, the Energi allows drivers to when gasoline or electricity in the of EV Now and EV Later modes. In EV Now mode, the is powered exclusively by its battery. It can hit a top of 85 mph and runs until the battery is where at that point, it back to the default Auto

EV Later mode reserves the battery, using instead the 141-horsepower gasoline engine. I myself using EV Later on the freeway where EVs batteries are at most inefficient and exclusively EV Now in the city and suburbs in order to the battery’s range. That to stretch my gas dollars the furthest.

Of if you don’t want to fiddle either mode you don’t to. The default Auto setting a good job of knowing when to between electricity and gasoline on its For example, my daily commute up West Hills was a stretch would trigger the gasoline especially if I really put my foot to climb up the hill, whereas my commute down the slope the car operated only as an EV.

Efficiency aside, the C-Max handles well thanks to a suspension, which feels it’s been tinkered to accommodate the extra weight of its battery. Cabin sway is to a minimum and powering through while not the most breathtaking was adequate thanks to the car’s 188 horsepower and 246 lb-ft (129 from the engine boosted by 117 from the electric motor), also help the C-Max scoot up hills with confidence.


Ford C-Max Energi

Charge are relatively quick for the C-Max because it has a relatively small A full charge takes 2.5 to 3 hours using a 240-volt station. If you don’t have to a charging station at home or a 110-volt outlet will about 7 hours. Depending on commute, it’s very to go without using any gas and rely on electrons to get you to and from work.

In Ford and other brands are drivers doing just more and more.

Battery beauty

From the outside, the employs the same seemingly Martin-inspired front grill, with a little less The C-Max doesn’t manage to off the look quite as well as its looking a lot like a Ford with a giant tumor on its thanks to its almost minivan

It’s not ugly per se; it’s not particularly pretty either. The isn’t as handsome as the Chevrolet but it certainly edges out the Prius tumor and all.

I wish I was to say that the C-Max’s staid is easily remedied with a set of wheels or a swap of paint but not the case; I actually liked the red paint our review model in.

Simply put, the C-Max’s looks too disjointed and patched looking more like a Focus that’s been and quartered and then thoroughly off with an ugly stick.

Ultimately, whether you should buy a Energi largely depends on you want it for. If pure range is what you’re the Chevy Volt, with its 38 range, is the better choice. If you driving longer stretches, the Prius Plug-in has the most gasoline fuel economy (51 highway/50 combined).

Overall, however, the C-Max is one of the better plug-in hybrids on the The C-Max Energi’s combination of motor and range-extending gasoline make it an excellent choice for who want to live the EV dream suffering range-anxiety nightmares of a battery-powered electric vehicle. The of the 2.0-liter gas engine and electric give it a performance boost as allowing you to pass that Prius with ease.

But issues spoil the experience, the rage-inducing MyFord Touch to count to 10), the poorly cabin details and a shrunken area, which ultimately its usefulness to haul things It also cost considerably than the plain-Jane hybrid which starts at $25,000.

If you can get those complaints, the C-Max is a solid choice and worth if you intend on putting on those wings and purchasing a plug-in


Cabin is roomy for driver and passengers

High materials used throughout the

Excellent energy and fuel gauges

Brake coach is fun to use


High price tag to standard C-Max Hybrid

takes up too much cargo

Poorly designed interior

MyFord Touch is a lesson in management

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