Ford C-MAX Overview
Based on the Focus compact car, the five-passenger C-Max hybrid is a clever, quiet, spacious, and practical hatchback. It rides well and handles with agility. 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. To conserve fuel, the engine shuts down when coasting. We measured an excellent 37-mpg overall. The Energi plug-in can travel in electric-only mode for about 18-miles before reverting to hybrid operation. It takes 6-hours to charge on 120-volt and 2-on 240-volt. Reliability is below average.
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