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It’s easy to feeling spoiled after a week with a tech-filled car the 2013 Ford C-Max (I tested the SEL model, with a MSRP).

Ford The Ford Hybrid SEL has enough tech to me miss it now that it’s

Fresh off my time with the Hybrid, I went back to my own car is a perfectly nice car that remain nameless so I don’t it). I wanted to hook up my to the display and use it with voice but my car has no display and no voice controls. I to know how much gas I was saving, but my car isn’t a hybrid, I’m not saving any I almost missed the beeping the C-Max Hybrid would when I got too close to anything backing up.


What my with the C-Max Hybrid is how the increasingly interactive driving can be addicting—and, if you’re not careful,

Three displays provide of information

Ford The car has three displays: one in the center and two in the instrument

The C-Max Hybrid has three displays inside: two 4.2-inch in the instrument cluster in front of the wheel, and an 8-inch touchscreen in the of the dashboard. The center console has for AV input, USB input, and a USB broadband You can get Internet connectivity by going a modem or by tethering your phone.

Melissa Riofrio The left-hand on the Ford C-Max Hybrid.

The display shows vehicle such as the gas gauge, trip and fuel economy data. The display shows infotainment including the climate-control settings, radio station is playing, or on the phone with you.

of the instrument-cluster displays has its own set of five-way on the steering wheel. You can toggle all the different views—you get several to view the car’s fuel for instance—and also set some I wouldn’t recommend doing of this while driving; the displays are directly in front of they’re still taking eyes a little ways the road.

How green was my driving? Leaves’ will tell you

The display also shows Efficiency Leaves graphic, visually expresses how well using the car’s hybrid to minimize gas usage. According to the factors that affect include your driving including speed, braking, and as well as uncontrollable factors, as the outside temperature. The more the car runs, the more plump, leaves grow on the sinuous shown on the display.

If the car runs efficiently, leaves start to off the branches.

Melissa Riofrio about pressure! The Efficiency grow or fall off depending on how you drive.

I confess that I to get a little emotionally involved in the leaves grow and feeling about my car’s efficiency. I’d watch the leaves at other times, and feel of sad about defoliating a bush.

Central display controls phone, infotainment, and more

Sync is the blanket name for all of the tech the automaker provides. The vary by car model. In the C-Max the central touchscreen display is most of the tech interaction Using the MyFord Touch you touch one of the four corners to the four major functions: navigation, entertainment, or climate

Aiming for one of these corners is even when you’re though the touch response sluggish.

What I don’t is trying to drill down into the functions while the car is Ford does a good job of a lot of the controls big and bright, so theoretically you glance over and touch Even so, trying to adjust the controls, for instance, while is still too distracting.

It remains easier to feel for a physical while driving than to the right place on a screen to

Voice control works if you it what it wants to hear

where the voice controls can in handy. You activate the voice-recognition by pushing a paddle on the steering Voice commands, unfortunately, are not near natural language I flummoxed the C-Max Hybrid’s system easily by saying I thought would work, as “AM radio,” and having it think I “Family radio” or not understand me at You can ask, “What can I say?” and the system will walk you the commands it can recognize.

This process, while will get you on the right track.

Riofrio You can connect your and download your phone to use via voice control while

I especially enjoyed the voice when it came to using my You can use your phone in the car by setting up a Sync account. You then your phone via Bluetooth, your phone book, and use the voice controls to call while you’re driving. I say “Call” along with a as entered in the phone book, and it very reliably find person.

It even asked me phone number I wanted, if than one was listed. The speakerphone’s was great when a called a but sometimes not so great when I a cell phone.

One thing to for on the central display is the clock During my week of use, the couldn’t retain the time driving sessions. I had to keep it or ignoring it.

Ford says this is a known issue MyFord Touch in some and that it has issued a software to fix the problem.

Sync Services navigation and other functions

has been around for a long on a lot of cars. On the C-Max Hybrid, I Sync Services, which a variety of features, including news, weather, and navigation. I the navigation extras, such as turn-by-turn directions and enhanced of upcoming intersections.

I especially loved how the service find things for me along the way and my route. One time I needed to an ATM on my way somewhere else. I asked the car to the nearest ATMs, and after I the one I wanted, it readjusted the route to me there. I stopped to do this although I didn’t have to it works while the vehicle is

I just found it too distracting to try to do driving.

Sync Services can look for upcoming traffic and offer to reroute you. It was proactive, spotting traffic way ahead of me just in case I was to drive that far. overkill if you’re just around locally and not going near where it anticipates, but on a road trip the advance would be useful.

Ford C-Max Hybrid

Melissa Adding Sync Services you extras such as traffic along your route.

The includes Sirius XM radio as as AM/FM and CD, all usable through command. You can also connect an MP3 via Bluetooth and rock your own through the car’s Sony system.

Central display can be an movie theater

My favorite use of the Sync functions was the Sync Player, which turns the display into a mini theater. I hooked up a video to the AV inputs and played back a on the center console. This does not work while the car is but I could see it filling some while on a car ferry, say, Seattle (though I would as well watch the water go

Or if you’re using the car on a camping and you just can’t take the and quiet anymore, you could a movie.

Parking and packing

Two bits of tech are more safety and convenience. When you the C-Max Hybrid into a rear camera turns on and a system activates to show you behind you. The system faster as you get closer.

The beeping can annoying when you’re to park in a tight spot, is basically all the time in San Francisco. And when I was in a packed garage, it was bonkers because I was close to Nevertheless, the high back of the C-Max Hybrid does it hard to see behind you, so is a feature I grew to appreciate.

You can the beeping if it drives you crazy.

Jon L. Can’t see what’s in back of The C-Max Hybrid’s rear can.

I loved, loved, the hands-free liftgate. You kick the bumper, and the door lifts by You can kick again to lower it, or use a soft button on the rim of the liftgate.

who buys a hatchback like is probably hauling a lot of something, and this feature makes and unloading the car a lot easier.

Higher tech means driving

Melissa Riofrio All the in the Ford C-Max Hybrid driving easier and more occasionally distracting.

I took the Hybrid to the country one day and passed a where they give rides. I saw line of riders a trail, while someone on a scooter rolled alongside and everyone’s photo. I had to smile at interaction of very old and very new of individual transportation, as well as at the that these photos inevitably show up on Facebook

Even something as old-timey as a ride is being enhanced of) by new technology.

The benefits of new technology are tangible on a car like the Ford Hybrid. It has plenty of tech to you connected and informed while you Although you do have to be cautious distractions, overall the tech my drive more enjoyable and

Melissa Riofrio Senior TechHive

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