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Ford C-Max Energi

Test Drive: 2013 C-Max Energi

Even it doesn’t necessarily look it, led to believe that the 2013 C-Max Energi is cool, its name is intentionally misspelled an “i” at the end.

Lucky for Ford, it of is.

The C-Max Energi is a plug-in which is essentially a conventional with a larger battery installed that allows it to a fair distance on electricity In this case, up to 21 miles per

After that it works a regular hybrid, collecting wasted energy from the engine and brakes and recycling it an electric motor to help a combined fuel economy of 43 mpg.

Factor in the average use for an American driver and the EPA predicts you’ll typically travel 100 before burning a gallon of Unless, of course, you take a lot of trips with no recharges the way, then break out the and have at it.

The C-Max Energi is by both a 141 hp 2.0-liter four and a 118 hp electric motor, which put out a 188 hp. More fuzzy math, I but that’s how these things

The electric motor draws its with a “y” from a 7.6 kilowatt-hour that can be recharged in two and a half with a 240-volt charger, or seven hours on a standard It takes up a good portion of the bay floor, like having a of IKEA flat packs installed there.

The neat is that you get to control what’s the car and when, at least to some

Three drive modes are Auto EV, EV Now and EV Later. The first things up to the car, which between pure electric and drive as it deems fit. The locks it in EV mode and runs off the stored in the battery pack it is depleted, while the third the opposite, turning off the main and engaging hybrid drive.

Why not use the battery first all the time?

Well, as the specs above when it’s in EV mode the Energi has significantly less on tap than it does in hybrid so if you’re in a hurry it might you wanting.

That’s not to say it’s the it kind of resembles. If you’re rarely meets the floor, be quite satisfied with the EV It’s pretty lively out of the and can handle highway duties fine up to its limited, battery-powered top of 85 mph, all in an almost disappointing

No futuristic flux capacitor added here.

The car is well of its lack of potency, and if it senses you and four friends could use a on your way home from with a full load of flat packs, it politely to engage the gasoline engine, a that you can accept or decline a press of a button on the steering

Keep in mind, too, if your primary interest is this car is saving gasoline, the drive is more efficient at low so you’ll likely go further on power around town. You may want to keep some in in case you get home late and to sneak into the driveway.

There is a noticeable difference in when it switches to hybrid and since it’s primarily on the gasoline engine the power is less linear and much Anything more than turns up an unpleasant moan, but a light foot on the pedal and the Energy is one of the most refined you’ll find.

Ford has out of its way to make this a very car. It’s based on the platform as the Focus and Escape, and its compartment is identical to the latter. In the C-Max is sold overseas in versions, but is only available as the Energi and a standard Hybrid gets 47 mpg. but has no long EV capabilities.

You sit high in the saddle and a great view out of the large all around. The interior has a much look than the body, and for after a $3,750 federal tax comes equipped with a screen and voice activated system that doesn’t the plug-in theme. There are a couple of configurable displays to the of the speedometer that monitor going on under the hood.

Overall the C-Max Energi is a car to drive. The stiff, low rolling tires can be a little crunchy at but it has a generally good ride and tidy handling.

As far as its efficiency is when I picked up the car, it had a battery and a gauge that 21 miles of range. I made miles in mixed city and driving in EV mode. The next I charged it, that’s what it me to expect.

Ford C-Max Energi

I thought there be something wrong with the station, but later learned computer recalibrates its predictions on your driving history, so are no surprises along the way. — still the best


There are a lot of plug-in hybrids on line right now, a Ford Fusion Energi uses the same powertrain as the All of them work in very ways, however, so comparing is an apples and oranges affair.

For the closest competitors to the C-Max are the Chevrolet Volt and the Toyota Plug-in. The Volt costs when you subtract the big $7,500 tax it gets because it can go 38 miles per but it only seats four and 37 mpg after it runs out of juice. On the hand, Toyota Prius costs $30,295 after a tax credit due to its smaller battery and paltry 11-mile electric but it gets 50 mpg in hybrid mode.

but not any more so than cross similarly priced sedans and with their myriad options. The wrench in the works for the Energi is that the C-Max costs just $25,995 and come with any junk in the

Then again, unless you a barrel of gasoline in your you can’t fill it up at home, so not nearly as cool, is it?

(They probably would’ve it Hibrid if it were.)

2013 C-Max Energi

Base $29,995 (after $3,750 tax credit)

Type: 5-passenger, hatchback

Powertrain: 2.0-liter with 118 hp electric motor

188 hp

Transmission: CVT automatic

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