2013 Ford CMax Energi Test Drive

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2013 Ford C-Max Test Drive

One of the most hybrids amongst auto the Ford C-Max, was named one of the quality cars by J.D. this week. What’s

A report in USA Today points out drivers have complained the hybrid version often deliver the kind of fuel that people expect.That of disappointment has led some buyers to sue arguing the automaker is overstating the economy on the hybrid version of the J.D. Power also the voice recognition system was buggy, and was one of the biggest complaints drivers who’d owned the car for 90

Still, we loved driving the version of the C-Max. A week of the Energi was sheer driving There isn’t much would keep us from this our daily driver.

To who feel indifferent or even to electric vehicles (and are some who are), this is a car. It has comfort and adequate for family needs, and wonderful — terrific off a standing and for passing on the highway.

The C-Max is an all new car and brand from Ford for the The C-Max Hybrid was introduced fall. That car does not on battery power alone.

It has an battery along with an combustion engine — to Toyota Prius and Ford’s own Fusion and Lincoln MKZ and the former Hybrid crossover, which has out of production in favor of the C-Max.

Then, Ford introduced the Energi. which will a driver about 17-18 on a battery charge. When the is gone, a gasoline powered kicks in to power — but not — the battery.

For those who of these cars as being in the hippie realm as hemp and eating bark, lighten up and pay Read on to see what Editor-in-Chief Kiley thought of the car:

the Ford C-Max Energi

Price: $32,950

Invoice $30,726

As Tested Price:

The C-Max is a tall multi-activity-vehicle a modern, clean, tailored If you want a really hot color red — that’ll cost you $395. (Annoying, I know.)

The seat was more than for my broad body. I found comfort and leg-room perfectly for myself, and got no complaints from two olds. The cargo space of the back seat may alarm buyers.

About six inches of the space is gone, owing to the of the battery. I can see this being a for folks who carry a lot of gear and go on a lot of But I was able to pack a normal trip’s worth of groceries six bags — just

Passengers get more room those in the Prius plug-in or the for sure.

Ford keeps the weight close to the ground, enhances handling of the car. The is responsive, and the car feels exceptionally balanced. This is no MINI but it’s not supposed to be.

It’s an well-mannered family car, a second car for a family if not the first, a lot of pop in the accelerator.

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Not only does small car offer the best of the MyFord Touch infotainment but it can also be had with a hands-free active park assist and leather. Our test car had an option that included a premium and voice-activated navigation system, nine-speaker system, hands-free tech, power liftgate activates with a foot under the bumper, rear-camera and assist.

J.D. Power drivers complained about the activated technology. Ford USA Today that it plans to that technology later year, making it better at different voice patterns.

the Ford C-Max Energi

The economy of an extended-range EV like the can be quite a discussion. In one week, I put miles on the Energi. I consumed gallons of gas for fuel economy to 55 mpg.

That fuel economy was with true mixed I had several trips of less 17 miles around town in Ann Mich. where I live. time I returned to my driveway, I the car up to my 120-volt house current.

I had a round trip to the airport, was about 50 miles. The charging at the airport were taken by a Volt. as well as five that were not EVs. another story.

I also twice to my office, which is a round-trip, but we have a free parking space at the building, so I was to juice up at work.

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If we limit the to other plug-ins like the and Prius, this C-Max stacks up really nicely. All vehicles are eligible for different tax incentives, with the most going to the Volt ($7,500), biggest to C-Max ($3,750) and a $2,500 to the Prius. The net result is a which has a base starting of $32,950 (but is showing up for as little as $31,800 before the tax that starts at just $30k, a Toyota that just over $30k and a for about $32,500.

The regular C-Max Hybrid is $5,000 cheaper, and purports to get 47 but when we tested it we could manage 34 mpg in mixed driving. is a lot of controversy over the real-world economy of the C-Max Hybrid. But the economy a driver gets the C-Max Energi has a lot to do with how one

There are times when I the Energi had a 35 mile electric like the Chevy Volt for electric-only range. But after a I was pretty happy with the range, quickness of recharging the and ample packaging of the car. is not only a car I culled live

It’s a car I would relish and making a daily driver or at part of my family fleet. electric in a friendly useful like the Energi feels the future of smart driving to me.

The key be continuing to develop the re-charging in the U.S. against political to funding that investment, and the cost of the batteries down to the build-cost of the cars more with the cost of operating a fed internal combustion vehicle gasoline costs well $4 per gallon.

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The Energi is one of several electric and electric vehicles I have Buying one and living with one is a and very much a lifestyle. you have a car that will run on you find yourself wanting to as often as possible. But there are a lot of who don’t really want a with their car.

just want to turn the key and it start reliably and be done it.

The nice thing about the is that while its range is about 17-18 miles on the before the gas motor kicks in, it re-charging the battery takes a period of time. Charging from empty off the 120-volt in my garage took about 7 If I had a level-two charger (about or less depending on incentives the local power company) it would take about 2

I topped up my charge whenever I so I only had to do the 7 hour charge a of times, and I did that overnight electric rates are cheapest.

I whenever I test drive an EV, I up tailoring some of my movements, and such to score a public space, so that I can work, at a Starbucks or other venue free-wifi and take advantage of electricity. There are dozens of spaces in Ann Arbor, where I Scoring free charge-ups for car is a great feeling, like on a pair of shoes you want to buy and the telling you they are two-for-one.

The Energi is quiet, fun to drive and to live with. At about though, the $5,000 premium even the regular C-Max is to earn back while is well below $4. But if your weekly driving is made up of a lot of turps that are 20 miles or and you have access to charging this could indeed be the car for

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