Ford brings something different to the U.S market with the C-Max Hybrid. The American automaker is generally known for its durable trucks like the F150 and efficient compact cars like the Fiesta. However, Ford is taking a risk by introducing a vehicle type that is generally not as popular in America as Europe; the wagon. What makes the C-Max different from every other wagon on the market is it’s fuel efficiency; it achieves an impressive 47 mpg overall.
One look at the C-MAX lets you know that this isn’t an ordinary car. Its design is practical with five doors while still being edgy and modern at the same time. The C-Max is a brand new model to the Ford lineup; 2013 will be the first time that it will be available to U.S buyers. Buyers are able to select from two trim levels; SE and SEL. The more expensive SEL model comes equipped with a liftgate, a rear camera, and upgraded sound system and a glass roof. Both of the trim levels are powered by a 2.0 4 cylinder and achieves 188 horsepower thanks to an electric motor that works in tandem with a traditional engine. The electric motor is powered by a 1.6 lithium ion battery that is stored in the trunk space.
Acceleration is fast and powerful despite the C-Max’s hybrid status partly due to the CVT transmission. Curb weight for the C-MAX is substantial and comes in at 3600 pounds. When it comes to speed, the C-MAX can reportedly reach 62 mph just on electric power. Mileage range is also significantly higher than that of the Prius V; the C-MAX’s main competitor. The interior is spacious with sufficient room for five adults and fine materials. Standard features include USB compatibility with most music players and Bluetooth compatibility which allows the driver to make hands free telephone calls.
Optional features include MyFordTouch, SYNC, a tailgate system, navigation, a rearview camera and a self-parallel parking feature which can come in handy for those who live in crowded cities. Cargo space stands at 24.5 cubic feet. Safety features include an air bag system, 4 wheel disc brakes, ESC, brake assist and traction control. Pricing ranges from the mid $25k range for the base model all the way to $28k for a top of the line trim level with all of the bells and whistles. The Ford C-Max hybrid would be a good choice for anyone looking for a hybrid vehicle with great mileage.