2013 Ford CMax Energi Review (Video)

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2013 Ford C-Max Review (Video)

The 2013 C-Max Energi is an interesting for a variety of reasons. It is a European-inspired hatchback geared to achieving fuel economy. When at the vehicle, it is obvious why it exists: to straight into the eyes of the Toyota Prius V and say, it on! After a week driving vehicle in a variety of different I can tell you that the vehicle quite a few tasks well and short on others.

One thing is for if someone is cross-shopping the Prius V, and likes the act of driving, then the Energi is definitely the vehicle to go

The Ford C-Max Energi a slightly larger Ford

C-Max Energi Economy

No about a gasoline-electric plug-in would be complete with a on the fuel efficiency. There is no point in beating around the with this topic. The Energi is rated at 100mpge on the EPA testing cycle.

When in hybrid-only mode (after the is out of juice) it still achieves a 43mpg.

I live in a part of the where there are few electric (EV) charging stations That means that if I to charge, I had to charge at home or a power outlet at my destination. meant that I was driving of the time in hybrid mode. the week of driving, I observed a average. That would be on par with the EPA estimates.

It should be noted that during the week the temperature exceeded 90F days. The climate control was set at a 66F the entire time.

Observed economy for a week with the Energi.

When fully charged, the Energi will indicate between 20 and 24 miles of available driving. During that the vehicle will whisper completely silent, and accelerate due to the nature of the electric motor. At 84mph and below, the gasoline will only intervene if the places his or her foot all the way to the floor.

Energi driving exclusively on

On the included convenience charger the Energi will achieve a charge in an indicated 7.1 hours, but my were often sooner. a Level 2 charger, the vehicle charge in approximately 2.5 hours.

To this performance and range, the utilizes a lithium-ion based system with active management. Unlike the system in the Leaf, which uses air from the cabin to keep the cool, the C-Max Energi an actively cooling and heating to keep the battery at temperature. temperature improves battery and longevity.

For those concerned long-term battery health, the Energi comes with an 100,000 mile warranty on the components and battery.

The C-Max never lets you forget you re a hybrid.

For someone who drives than 20 miles a day, the Energi will never use a of fuel. It is also pretty to walk up to the car and unplug it from the It truly does feel I am driving the future.

The plug-in concept also makes for people who have range-anxiety as Like the Chevrolet Volt, the battery is depleted the gasoline takes over and the car continues on its For a family that can only one car and wants the benefits of an EV, the C-Max is a best of both worlds

C-Max Technology

Aside from all the technology the hood, the C-Max does equipped with a decent of equipment. Our test unit MyFord Touch with and unique EV content. It also a back-up camera and sensing rain-sensing wipers and automatic controls.

Like many the C-Max Energi also automatic climate control.

The C-Max Energi features dual-zone climate control.

The Energi also features a power lift-gate that can be with a foot kicking the bumper. This feature is useful, especially if I had my hands attempting to load cargo. debuted on the Ford Escape, and I not be surprised if it proliferates across the Ford and Lincoln line too long.

While not technology per se, our unit also featured a panoramic glass roof a power sun shade. While feature might be entertaining to in the back seat, the roof not open or vent. I would skipping that option on the sheet.

C-Max Energi Dynamics

People often do not a plug-in hybrid vehicle to sporty. However, vehicles the Tesla Model S show alternative-energy vehicles can be quite to drive. This is truly the C-Max Energi wipes the with the Prius V.

The C-Max has a bigger grille than the and standard fog lamps.

The C-Max is built on an enlarged version of the Focus platform (as is the Escape). means that this drives just like a Ford Focus. When spiritedly, the car almost seems to in a weight and transform into a Focus.

Handling is relatively for a front-wheel drive vehicle, and late trail braking the will begin to rotate.

a taller vehicle, the C-Max s proportions flow well on the

Torque from the electric is instantaneous, making acceleration in the C-Max Energi. When the vehicle does not feel it is traveling as fast as it is. Part of is due to the weight of the vehicle, and the other is due to the nature of the continuously-variable transmission.

transmissions (CVTs) are often on hybrid vehicles. Unlike a car, the C-Max Energi not shift gears as it is driven A computer determines exactly how engine revs are needed for the situation and sets it accordingly.

the CVT is sluggish to respond. When on my favorite twisty stretch of I often found myself from the time it took for the CVT to out that I wanted.

Plug-In Savings

The C-Max is sold in as a non-hybrid vehicle, but can only be in the United States as a hybrid or hybrid. The hybrid starts at but to get into the Energi it will at least $33,345. For the privilege of 20 miles on pure electricity, charges an $8,000 premium.

For $8,000, the vehicle comes less storage space and a car.

The C-Max Energi can electricity as it drives along.

As our review unit tips the at $37,030. If the purchaser only 20 miles or less per charge, the driver will never have to purchase fuel With a two hour recharge on a Level 2 charger, it would be to use the vehicle on electricity alone.

The Energi takes a standard connection and has a LED ring to show status.

That means the will have to be driven on gas for a of time. When driven on online, the C-Max Energi the same fuel economy as the

Making matters worse, let s a lot at pricing Level 2 charging actually charge for electricity. In San the average cost per kWh of electricity is However, at an EV charging station at a in Columbus, Ohio (where is cheaper) the charge was $0.49 per

Other Level 2 chargers in the charge $2.00 per hour of Since the C-Max Energi 2 hours to charge, it ends up $4.00 for 20 miles of driving.

Ford C-Max Energi

there are some free and chargers, but unless the owner is to charge at home and stay that 20 mile circle, it be very difficult to make the inexpensive to operate.

Plug-In and the Environment

Driving a plug-in is supposed to give the driver a of satisfaction. For each mile polar bears are (hopefully) saved. In fact, the C-Max will even thank the for driving a hybrid.

The C-Max thanks the driver after trip for driving a hybrid.

to the government. 42% of all electricity is produced coal. That means some or all of the electricity going the EV battery in the C-Max Energi is from a dirty coal

Production of lithium ion batteries is a business, causing health to people in production facilities. production of these batteries can global warming, according to an Protection Agency report .


Solely as an automobile, the Energi is a nice car. The features a crazy amount of room and a decent amount of space. Unfortunately, the rear space is a bit limited due to all of the batteries.

The Energi loses a lot of storage to the added batteries.

I am a single so this car clearly was not targeted for me. But for a couple starting out I could see the of this vehicle, especially if are drawn to the technological appeal of the hybrid.

Rear-seat space in the C-Max

Don t get me wrong, this vehicle is a marvel. The screens are all customizable to the driver with the exact that he or she wants. There is a situation display that exactly what is happening in the at any given time.

The C-Max features a situation display shows exactly what is on with the EV system at any time.

The rub me starts with the price of At over $37,000 as tested, vehicle is pretty expensive for a big Plug-in hybrids still are not a economical option when There is a certain joy of not filing up at the gas as often, but what price one put on that? It would also a significant amount of driving in EV to make up the price difference the standard hybrid and the Energi.

By time, it will be time to the EV battery at a currently unknown

Yes, the Prius V is not any better In fact, I would argue the fit and finish in the C-Max Energi is far to that of the Prius. But with a 20 mile range and a significant time, the Energi just not seem to make sense the standard hybrid model.

want to drive the C-Max because it is easy on fuel, and for the environment. However, the reality of the is that it is not any better for the environment a normal car. Ultimately, if the cared about saving overall, a plug-in hybrid in s environment of slow charging and few is ultimately going to be more than just purchasing a gasoline or diesel car.

There are a lot of things to like the C-Max Energi, and for the right I can see the appeal. But I d rather have the Ford Focus Electric the better EV range for the same Yes, I would have anxiety but I would get more for my EV buck. Better EV range and a tax incentive make that a appealing vehicle to me.

But I would not be it to save the environment. I would be it to save money on fuel.

I would purchase a fuel-efficient vehicle over the Ford Electric, but I do respect these Their expensive prices manufacturers develop more technology that will down the cost of this in the future. It works for Tesla.

If would have just the European C-Max here a good diesel motor, I they would have had a winner on their hands. As it it is hard to make this a recommended buy. It s a great car and what is advertised, but with a low EV and incredible price premium I do not it is the right time for this of vehicle.

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