Ford CMAX Energi plugin hybrid test drive (video)

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Ford C-Max Energi

Ford C-MAX Energi hybrid test drive

Yesterday, we had a chance to take a in the brand-new Ford C-MAX at an event in San Francisco. We had generally impressions of the Focus Electric we back in April, so we were forward to seeing what the first-ever plug-in hybrid had to We’ll say up front it uses the Sync with MyFord dash we’ve seen in Ford vehicles and the MyFord app is mostly unchanged from the one we saw we tested the Focus Electric, so nothing new there.


For everything else, however, a peek after the break.

C-MAX Energi hands-on

clear the Detroit automaker is after the hybrid juggernaut is the Toyota Prius plug-in with this one. The Energi comes out swinging specs like 100MPGe city / 92MPGe highway), 195 net and 85MPH top speed in pure EV Ford boasts the Energi 620 miles on a tank of gas and 21 miles if you to go electric-only.

It has a 2-liter DOHC 16V Duratec and a 7.6kWh Advanced Lithium Ion (the regular C-MAX uses a 1.4kWh battery that unfortunately takes up a bit of room in the trunk. You’ll be to tuck in a few groceries from the market in there, but a trip to will likely end up with you for delivery instead.

Since the Energi is more than a regular hybrid, you can choose one of different driving modes via an EV button on the center stack. The EV mode is essentially electric-only of the time unless you’re on the gas — in other words, if a demand for more power. As spokesman Paul Aldighieri in our interview, As long as your demand is less than threshold, then the engine is to stay off. EV Now shuts off the completely (the car might nag you to on the engine if you’re gunning the while EV Later conserves the power for later use.

Ford C-Max Energi

The SmartGauge display lets the know whether or not the engine is (blue when it’s red when it’s on). a Brake Coach feature on the cluster, while the right is home to an image of green that represents general efficiency.

In our brief road trip the Embarcadero in San Francisco, the C-MAX felt comfortable yet zippy. In mode, the car’s silence unnerving at first but that soon faded. We enjoyed the hum of the all-electric experience, especially in with slow traffic power isn’t necessary. there were instances the handling felt a little and verged on the appliance-like feel of the

When we engaged the engine, the felt just like any gas guzzler out there, with a and rumble familiar to most From our few minutes in the driver’s the C-MAX Energi certainly edgier than the Prius, but not as satisfying as the Focus Electric. Of we’ll need to do a proper with the C-Max Energi to get a feel for the vehicle.

Watch our video interview Aldighieri, a brief video of the car and get a closer look at the Energi in the The 2013 Ford C-MAX is priced very competitively at ($29,995 after federal tax

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

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