For those who are looking to move into owning a green car but still suffer some range anxiety, the Ford C-Max Energi is the perfect choice. The plug-in hybrid C-Max Energi delivers between 19 and 21 miles of all-electric range and a total system range of up to 600 miles, depending on driving conditions. EPA efficiency figures rate the plug-in at 39 mpg in combined driving on gasoline alone and 95 MPGe (miles per gallon equivalent) in combined gas and electric operation.
For 2017, Ford has given it a new facelift, adding re-designed grille openings, wheels, headlamps and taillights. Additional changes include a new White Gold color option, a standard rearview camera, reconfigured option packages, available blind-spot monitoring and the upgraded Sync 3 infotainment system, which is now compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
The 2017 C-Max Energi's powertrain uses a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder gas engine that produces 141 horsepower on its own, combining with an electric motor for a total of 188 hp. Together they drive the front wheels through a continuously variable transmission (CVT). Electric power comes from a 7.6-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery pack, which takes 6 hours to charge on 120-volt and 2 hours on 240-volt. Ford's plug-in hybrid provides comfortable seating for five with plenty of leg, hip and headroom in both the front and rear compartments.
Edmunds reviewers say: "Plug-in hybrids offer extended-range electric-only motoring compared to run-of-the-mill conventional hybrids thanks to their gasoline-electric hybrid powertrains that include a larger battery pack. One of the most notable entries in this relatively new model segment is the 2017 Ford C-Max Energi. We say most notable because this compact hybrid comes in the shape of a tall wagon, which gives it an added dose of everyday utility. The Ford C-Max Energi also bears the distinction of being one of the more satisfying plug-in hybrids from a driver's perspective. In terms of the driving experience, the C-Max Energi offers a number of advantages over most hybrids, including lively acceleration, responsive handling, a composed ride and spot-on steering feel."
Standard safety features include antilock disc brakes, traction and stability control, front side airbags, full-length side curtain airbags and a driver-side knee airbag. Controls are thoughtfully placed and easy to operate. Energi's Sync 3 system offers improved voice controls, a revised menu structure and an 8-inch touchscreen with smartphone-like swipe and pinch-to-zoom gestures. For 2017, there's a top of the line Titanium model which adds adds foglights, rain-sensing wipers, heated outside mirrors with puddle lamps, chrome exterior trim, rear parking sensors, leather upholstery, a 10-way power front passenger seat, heated front seats, push-button start, remote start, ambient lighting, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, universal garage door opener, and a premium Sony audio system with nine speakers and HD radio.
The C-Max Energi has seven major standout qualities: high overall fuel economy, useful electric-only range, an elevated driving position, a stylish and well-made interior, refined handling, excellent ride dynamics and quick acceleration. Test drivers say it handles like an expensive European car and has a very quiet cabin. The C-Max Energi’s lithium-ion batteries are covered by an 8 year/100,000 mile hybrid component warranty.
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