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Ford C-Max Energi

June 3, 2013 @ 5:33pm | Caldwell

Ford s new C-Max is a stylish take on fuel in a compact package. It s Ford s to the Toyota Prius plug-in and the Volt. The C-Max is also as a traditional hybrid without the to run solely on electric power.

models have their but as residents of a hilly neighborhood, we d the considerably less expensive Hybrid over the Energi. If we in Pancake, Kansas, or commuted one end of the Bonneville (Utah) Salt to the other, the Energi would

The electric-only range is claimed to be 20 but we never came close to lofty goal. The regenerative system is constantly replenishing the but a full charge requires a standard 120-volt household (the recharging cord neatly beneath the floor the driver s seat) or the optional much quicker) 240-volt It takes about seven for a 120-volt recharge and three using 240V power.

Avoiding gas stations altogether take incredible driving/navigational for our highly variable topography. able to use electric power could more easily the $7,700 price differential the plug-in and standard hybrid models.

Walkaround: The Ford is a handsome little hatchback. The looks a little like an small mini van, but the standard style, front-hinged five-passenger seating, and limited space place it squarely in the sedan/wagon category.

Its styling is with strong ties to Ford passenger cars in the grille and front end). The is tall, but a gentle rearward keeps it from being a box. Fit and finish are excellent.

Interior: Abe Lincoln would driving the C-Max based on its front legroom and top hat friendly The three-passenger back seat is great for big hats, but shorter on Accommodations improve if the front are moved up a little.

The floor is and there is good foot under the seats. The middle position is narrow. Three are a tight squeeze, but the seat is for children.

Cargo space is for a vehicle that looks so The oversized 7.6-kWh lithium-ion pack and short body cargo capacity and shapes of that can fit. The split fold flat, but the battery box is than the seat backs.

interior bins are on the small

The C-Max Hybrid has 10 cubic more cargo space the Energi. Our well-equipped tester had all the high tech audio/communications/navigational including voice recognition.

Under The Hood: Both the Energi and the regular hybrid use the same 2.0-liter Atkinson-cycle 4-cylinder gasoline engine, is rated at 141 horsepower and 129 lb-ft of The auxiliary electric motor is at 118 horsepower and 117 lb-ft of torque. versions of the C-Max end up with a net 188

A continuously variable automatic sends the power to the front

Fuel economy figures are a confusing. The EPA rates the C-Max on at 43 mpg combined city and highway. The EPA plus gas combined figure is an 100-mpg. The information display on our said 42.5-mpg after 300 of various mode driving.

We t able to make any sustained trips.

Behind The Wheel: The Ford Energi is a decent driving The ride is pretty smooth considering the 38-psi inflation for the Michelin Energy Saver tires). The handling is reasonably The compact size makes it for city driving.

Our tester had the Automated Parking System (an parlor trick if ever was one).


Switching between and gasoline power is seamless. isn t anything unusual about the Energi unless you pay too much to the various dashboard displays. It can be a rolling video game the readouts (including a regenerative judging system that your braking techniques).

calls the display Smart with Eco Guide.

Acceleration is in electric-only mode, although is the strong initial electric torque sensation. The Energi a full two-tons, so that s a box to accelerate. The 0-to-60 time in half when the gas engine is to the equation.

As a hybrid the C-Max delivers acceptable acceleration characteristics — not a but not a slug, either.

Whines: space is noticeably compromised by the battery pack in the C-Max With the pullout cargo in place we were only to fit one carryon size suitcase the cover and the battery. The foot-operated hatch opener is a great but we couldn t get it to work as quickly or as as the TV commercials.

Bottom Line: We the 2013 Ford C-Max as a but we re not sold on the plug-in Energi. The vehicle is a fine urban module, but we can t justify the added of plug-in capability. The price between the C-Max plug-in and the hybrid along with world fuel economy don t currently pencil out.

Our advice is to buy the C-Max Hybrid.

Ford C-Max Energi

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