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Ford C-MAX

  • Road Test
  • Predicted Reliability
  • Predicted Owner Satisfaction
Based on the compact Focus sedan, the five-passenger C-Max hybrid is a clever, quiet, spacious, and practical hatchback. It rides well and handles capably. The regenerative braking system recharges the battery when slowing the car, helping with fuel economy. But the system makes the brake pedal feel very grabby. 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 with the standard hybrid. Ford's easy-to-use Sync 3 infotainment system is available. The Energi plug-in version was dropped for 2018.
All Ratings & Reliability
2013 Redesign Year
Ford C-MAX 2017
Remarkably efficient, the design of the Ford C-Max hybrid packs an impressive amount of room and utility into a small footprint. Outward visibility is great, though the driving position could be a bit more spacious. While the rear seat is a bit flat and low, it's roomy enough to seat three. On the tech front, Ford's optional Sync 3 infotainment touchscreen is highly intuitive and readily accessible. Ford's MyKey system allows parents to program their teenaged driver's key to limit top speed and radio volume, as well as inform them if the car ventures outside of a specific geographic area. However, a backup camera is part of an expensive options package and cargo space is somewhat compromised by the large battery pack.
Average Retail Price Trade-in Price Reliability Verdict Owner Satisfaction View Local Inventory
2017 N/A N/A
2016 $15,975 - $16,625 $13,065 - $13,685
2015 $12,450 - $14,625 $9,660 - $11,725
2014 $10,750 - $12,825 $7,980 - $9,930
2013 $8,925 - $10,750 $6,185 - $7,900