2017 Ford C-Max
The name of the Ford C-Max doesn't do a great deal to describe what this vehicle is. If you don't want a crossover or a minivan to handle family duties, but you want something more spacious than a compact sedan or hatch, the C-Max can meet your needs. What's unique about this model is its hybrid-only nature, with its sister plug-in named the Energi. Let's take a closer look at the 2017 C-Max.
People have tried to describe and pigeon-hole the Ford C-Max, such as people-carrier and MPV, or multi-purpose vehicle. These names might lead you to believe this tall hatchback is an attractive take on a minivan, but in fact it's actually only a five-seat vehicle. Since it shares a platform with the Focus, it looks a little like a taller version of that popular compact. The C-Max stands out a little from the crowd, unique and practical and attractive as well.
You may find a more modern, efficient, or better performing hybrid systems out there than the Ford C-Max, but with the fast pace of changing hybrid technology, that may always be true. The Ford is powered by a 2.0-liter inline-four and a two-motor hybrid system, developing a total combined output of 195 horsepower. That's a lot more than the new Prius with its modest 121 horsepower, and although the C-Max is a little heavier than the Toyota, the Ford and its eCVT transmission delivers pretty decent acceleration off the line.
You'll choose between two trim levels of C-Max, the SE and the SEL. Standard features in the SE include keyless entry, dual-zone automatic climate control, 17-inch alloy wheels, a six-speaker audio system and a rearview camera. The SEL adds the likes of different 17-inch alloy wheels, keyless ignition, rain-sensing wipers, ambient LED interior lighting, leather upholstery, a 10-way power adjustable front passenger seat, and rear parking sensors. User-configurable digital displays with tips for more fuel-efficient driving come standard, along with a 4.0-inch display screen in the center of the dash.
When all's said and done, the fuel economy the Ford C-Max delivers is ultimately all-important to buyers. The C-Max isn't the very best on the market anymore, but it still delivers much better fuel economy and lower emissions than any gas-powered equivalent. The EPA rates the current model at 42 mpg in the city, 37 mpg on the highway and 40 mpg combined.
C-Max C-Max Energi
The C-Max Energi plug-in takes things further with a 7.6-kWh battery that allows electric-only driving for up to 20 miles at speeds up to 62 mph, and the option of plugging in the battery to recharge. When the gas engine does kick in, the additional power is blended in seamlessly and noise suppression remains very good, which is something the C-Max and C-Max Energi do better than a number of more recent entrants to the market.
If you're in the market for a five-seat family vehicle with lots of space, high levels of standard and available equipment, fuel-efficient powertrains, and a large dose of style, both the 2017 Ford C-Max and C-Max Energi are well worth a closer look.