I would recommend C-Max to everyone looking for a nice hatchback or good driving hybrid car. The spec's for the C-Max compare very well on all parameters of importance to me. And that brings me to my next point: the transition from electric motor to the 2. Safety systems - taken a bit for granted these days, but I appreciate the potential of the safety improvements of this vehicle as I'm getting older, and this vehicle seems to be well rated. So I get it that they can't and don't want to over-rate it, but those low numbers were one of the main reasons I did not spot the C-Max in my initial searches for suitable vehicles. I drove it on some winding mountain roads on one trip, and I could swear it handled better and rolled less than my little Civic hatchback. I can fold one seat down next to her.
Gas mileage and family set my search constraints. That's the benefit from the electric motor, and is common to the hybrid and electric designs. Cons: MyFordTouch does everything, 2 phones, 2 ipods, navigation, but it did freeze up and needed to be rebooted 4 times in 2 years. Having said that, my wife loves the Blue-Tooth interface to her cell phone and the hands free sound quality in the car. Cargo room, seats up and seats down - roomy enough because it has more volume than my hatchback, but I have a comment on this later as well.
Smooth and quiet ride - It has a nice smooth and very quiet ride. Luggage area is limited, but this is a very comfortable car for the two of us. At that time, the Toyota was off the table at several thousand more dollars than the Ford. The C-Max comes out very well when compared to all the other vehicles I was considering. I love that the C-Max feels solid and substantial.
Disclaimer: I've been a Ford fan for 30+ years! It's very comfortable and accelerates quickly. We found that the Prius V had decent acceleration at speeds below 55, but at highway speeds, the acceleration was very lacking. Pros: The power is worlds better than the Prius or Civic Hybrid and feels effortless. That's totally fine for me, because we're still going from 17 mpg to at least 37 mpg. The cloth seats don't have adjustable lumbar and become tiring on long trips. The back seat, ummmm, not much leg room, but g'kids fit just fine. The only time I notice is when the engine starts immediately when I lift my foot from the brake, or when it starts when at idle because the battery is low.
It is way better than I thought. So far I am very happy with it. It is funny to drive as hybrid car and ride is very well balanced amd handling is great. Some of them comment on how it is too quiet, because they're not used the engine not running at idle. We take it everywhere, gas mileage is awesome. . It shows up in position 72 out of 78 at one website when searching for cars over 40 mpg.
It's just very stable and smooth. The Ford C-Max provides great features for the price, but just a little less more room than the Prius V. I've really love with the huge open cabin and hatchback flexibility. . Horsepower to weight ratio: right up there with my wife's Accord.
So amazing with gas mileage combined as of now 45mpg. Spacious comfortable Interior - I never felt bad in my hatchback, but after being in the C-Max for a while, I feel like I'm in a submarine when I get into my hatchback again. Dealership told me it had it and has the book for it but no satellite radio. For me that's a welcome relief after years bending my neck sideways. Also the torque at startup from a dead stop is very very nice. I found that highway speed acceleration was as good or better than a regular gas car, and that we could gain better mpg's in the city. My friends that ride in the C-Max comment on how it is very comfortable and quiet! Also, we will probably sacrifice a little fewer mpg's than the Prius.
Comfortable Seats - I don't want motorized seat adjustments, thanks. Torque to weight ratio: again, right up there with the Accord. Cargo room behind the seats and with seats folded down flat even : better than my hatchbacks! When you need to move quickly on the highway, this will move. Then, I test drove the C-Max. . . .
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