Ford& s CMAX Energi Matches Fuel Efficiency With Performance

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Ford C-Max Energi

Ford s C-MAX Energi Fuel Efficiency With

The Ford C-MAX Energi (Image credit Leon

Plug-in hybrids (PHEVs) are on but still have a ways to go scoring consumer acceptance. Motor’s C-MAX Energi. is a huge step forward for and Detroit with its impressive and miles per gallon equivalent On Monday, I had an opportunity to test one from San Francisco to Marin

Walking up to the rows of C-MAX test cars lined up Mission Street, my first gut this would be a yet another car that would sacrifice and comfort. But I realized immediately I was in for a fun Whether you generate battery by breaking on city streets, your lead foot on the or drive down that touristy stretch down Street (not part of suggested route but we could not this versatile car delivers while lightening your in the long run with its fuel

Setting foot into the Energi, I was surprised by its spaciousness. I had of leg room, did not feel cramped and was also plenty of space to in the back. The dashboard is well and the MyFord touchscreen with its control, entertainment options and GPS is intuitive to use. On the dash’s side is Ford’s SmartGauge that offers various that help coach the to drive more efficiently.

car we scored also had a panoramic sun which really makes the car airy and again, adds to the driving experience.

Then the fun started with our to Olema, a small town Point Reyes in Marin north of San Francisco. Our car was not fully to its maximum 21 mile range but we had about 13 miles to spare for the “EV mode, i.e. battery What immediately struck me as our started were the benefits of an electric vehicle: great (129 lb.-ft) and a very ride. Granted, that 13 of juice did not last long the Golden Gate Bridge I was quick to slam the pedal to the several times and I was able to fairly quickly because of the traffic along Highway

Then the C-MAX Energi flipped to “Auto EV” (hybrid) and let me know the EV Now option was not available. I was able to drive in the third “EV Later,” which allows the to commute in hybrid mode but the battery power for city driving.

Meanwhile, I was impressed with the handling. The suspension system is allowing for a generally smooth Plus, the acceleration was respectable for a car its and engine’s 141 horsepower.

Driving Marin’s mountain roads was a breeze with its power some may complain the steering does not feel tight but I thought it was comfortable for a vehicle in its range. Eventually we took a in Olema where staff us and let us mill about I had exhausted the power, but during the 45- or so minute we had approximately 10 miles of battery available.

Another view of the C MAX (Leon Kaye)

Ford C-Max Energi

Let’s not forget the car’s Ford suggests the MPGe is 108 on streets, 92 on highways and 100 MPG combined. we first started driving on San Bay and Lombard Streets, our MPGe at over 530 miles per gallon. number fell precipitously the battery power ran out and we segued Auto EV mode.

At the end of our drive our stood at just over 51 per gallon at one point when I like a mad dog to over 90 miles per we watched the MPG rating slide by 5 miles instantaneously.

The minuses? because of the size of the battery the cargo area in the rear of the car may be too for some drivers’ preferences. And I did the blind spot on my side of the car despite the adjustments I had made.

And, of course, owners of the Energi would have to out the details on scoring a Tier 2 station, although the recharge on a 120V outlet is about hours, not a completely disaster if you to recharge the car overnight. Nevertheless, car is a huge step forward for For drivers who still insist lack the moxie of automobiles conventional ICE engines, I will say the C-MAX Energi offers the of a PHEV and yet you do not feel as if you making any by driving a PHEV.

Whether you a 25-mile commute each take a lot of road trips or the kids in the car for long errands, versatile car, in my opinion, is a And with a starting price of before add-ons and those state and local incentives, the is competitive.

Leon Kaye , based in California, is a sustainability consultant and the of  GreenGoPost.com . He also contributes to  Guardian Business ,  Inhabitat and Earth911 . You can Leon and ask him questions on  Twitter .

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