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Ford C-Max Hybrid

Ford C-Max hybrid review: A Toyota Prius … fit for taller drivers

NEW YORK DAILY NEWS

The C-Max hybrid starts at $25,200 and had a combined fuel efficiency of 47 miles per gallon.

The day was bound to come and it has—what happens when a hybrid car is totally designed as a vehicle rather than partly as an engineering statement? You see the Ford C-Max on the market at a reasonable price, for a hybrid you can actually live with.

Like it or not, the first generation hybrid cars, typified by the Honda Insight, Toyota Prius, and even the much bashed Chevrolet Volt, have been look at me cars to a certain fraction of their buyers. Unfairly or not, a smugness factor has attached itself to the Prius especially, with Hollywood celebrities driving them around LA, while jet setting off to work elsewhere.

Part of the popular backlash against these earlier hybrids is rooted in their limited practicality, which turns them into political statements. A bundle of cash was committed to not much of a car compared to a non-hybrid econobox. Strained power trains, squirrelly handling, limited cargo room, and aerodynamic extremism are the common offerings of the small hybrid segment.


For instance, if you top being six feet tall and have tried to take the wheel in any of the earlier hybrids, congratulations, you somehow escaped. If you had a rear passenger behind you who wasn’t a child, they may still be jammed in tight back there, awaiting rescue.

The culprit in the contortions of American drivers and passengers in earlier hybrids is in large part due to their headhunting rooflines. Their design philosophies hew too closely to saving the planet and not near enough to the more prosaic goal of being comfortable daily drivers.

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Ford C-Max Hybrid

Long legs? No problem! The C-Max has plenty of interior room up front.

Enter Ford’s C-Max, benchmarked on the latest Prius and designed to beat it in every category real world car buyers care about. It’s no secret that Ford got its start in hybrid engineering by licensing technology from Toyota. With the C-Max, Ford proves that the student has become the master.

The C-Max, though marginally shorter than the Prius V, is taller, and features more passenger volume front, rear, and especially overhead in the back seat.

The C-Max is based upon Ford’s tremendously popular Focus platform, and this tells in both its interior volume and in its handling prowess in this class. The Focus has been through multiple generations of chassis development and the C-Max is definitely a beneficiary.

The Focus has also been developed in Europe as a seven passenger crossover type vehicle, which means that the dynamics of a high roofed, nearly two ton vehicle have been well sorted when recast as a five passenger car with a lithium ion battery pack aboard.

If getting better interior volume and handling for a base MSRP of $25,200 doesn’t grab your attention, you also get more power and better highway mileage that an comparable Prius V too. The C-Max also has a 2.0L four cylinder making 141 BHP and assisted by the electric motor’s 47 maximum BHP for a total of 188 sustained BHP. The Prius can only make 134 combined BHP.

Ford C-Max Hybrid
Ford C-Max Hybrid

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