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Based on the compact Focus, the five-passenger C-Max hybrid is a clever, quiet, spacious, and practical hatchback. It rides well and handles capably. Regenerative braking helps with fuel economy but makes the brake pedal feel touchy. The 2.0-liter four-cylinder and electric motor deliver adequate acceleration and seamless transitions between gas and electric power, and the C-Max can run in electric mode up to about 40 mph. We measured an excellent 37 mpg overall. The Energi plug-in can travel in electric-only mode for about 18 miles before switching to hybrid operation. It takes 6 hours to charge on 120-volt and 2 hours on 240-volt. Ford's new Sync 3 infotainment system is standard. Reliability has been average.

Road Test

The C-Max is an appealing all-around package, combining the fuel efficiency of its standard hybrid powertrain with the practicality of a five-door hatchback design. Based on the Ford Focus, the C-Max packs an impressive amount of room and utility int...

Highs

  • 37 mpg overall is impressive
  • More fun to drive than a Prius V

Lows

  • Not as roomy or efficient as a Prius V
  • The Energi's larger battery robs most cargo space

Specifications

Seating
2 front, 3 rear
Drive Wheels
Front
Warranty
  • Basic: 3 year/36,000 miles
  • Powertrain: 5 year/60,000 miles
  • Rust through: 5 year/unlimited
  • Roadside aid: 5 year/unlimited
Body Styles
wagon
Transmissions Available
  • CVT
Engines Available
  • 2-liter 4 hybrid (188 hp)
  • 2-liter 4 electric (188 hp)

Ratings

Safety
Performance
Comfort / Convenience
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