If you want a spacious, comfortable and versatile family vehicle that's not a crossover or minivan, and offers excellent fuel economy and lower CO2 emissions, the 2018 Ford C-Max fits the bill.
2018 Ford C-Max
Why Buy the C-Max?
A benefit of the C-Max is that, although it's a hybrid-only model, its styling doesn't scream and shout to onlookers that you're driving something out of the ordinary. The C-Max is a niche vehicle as far as its design is concerned, but it won't single you out as an ecowarrior. If you want to blend in and also do your part for the planet, the C-Max gives you that option.
How does the C-Max Work?
There's nothing complicated or hard to understand about how the C-Max works. All you have to do as a driver is get in and drive it in the same way you would with any combustion engine vehicle. Of course, one difference you will notice is making fewer visits to the gas station than you would do in a conventionally powered alternative.
The C-Max is powered by a hybrid system comprising of a 2.0-liter inline-four gas engine and two electric motors. The system produces a total output of 121 horsepower, which gets the Ford off the line pretty well. A 1.4-kWh lithium-ion battery is also part of the system, which allows the C-Max to drive on electric power alone for a short distance under moderate driving.
Which C-Max is the Best?
It's not too difficult to choose which version of the C-Max is best because there are only two different trims to choose between. To be fair, this isn't particularly unusual for a hybrid to only offer a couple of trims.
The C-Max is available as either an SE or as a Titanium trim level, with the Titanium obviously the higher specification and higher priced version of the pair. To be honest, the SE will have more than enough goodies onboard for most buyers. But if you do want to step up to the Titanium, you'll have 17-inch alloy wheels, keyless ignition, rain-sensing wipers, ambient LED interior lighting, leather upholstery, a 10-way power adjustable front passenger seat, and a reversing proximity warning system.
What is the C-Max Energi and how is it different?
The C-Max Energi is pretty close to being an identical model to the C-Max Hybrid, except the C-Max Energi is a plug-in hybrid instead of a regular gas/electric hybrid. As far as the trim levels and features are concerned, they're almost the same, apart from there being a couple of features unique to the plug-in nature of the propulsion system, such as a larger battery.
Instead of the 1.4 kWh battery found in the C-Max, the C-Max Energi boasts a 7.6 kWh unit that allows up 20 miles of electric-only driving. This difference has a slight impact on practicality though too, and that's because the bigger battery takes up valuable trunk space. You'll only get 19.2 cu.-ft. with the seats up in the C-Max Energi while the C-Max boasts 24.5 cu.-ft. And, of course, the Fusion Energi is also quite a bit more expensive than the standard C-Max.