For 2018, Ford dropped the C-Max Energi plug-in model from the lineup, leaving the unchanged C-Max Hybrid for its last model year. The C-Max is Ford’s only hatchback hybrid and the automaker’s only other hybrid vehicle along with the Fusion Hybrid.
For those who are looking to move into owning a green car but still suffer some range anxiety, the Ford C-Max Hybrid is a good choice. The hybrid C-Max delivers between 19 and 21 miles of all-electric range and a total system range of up to 540 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.
Says Calvin Kim, Edmunds Editor: "Born from the size-sensitive European market, where even compacts must haul families and cargo, the Ford C-Max packs plenty of capability into its small size. It has a bit of a crossoverlike look to it, but it's more accurate to think of it as a compact wagon or hatchback that's big enough for large tasks yet small and easy to manage for around-town driving. This generation C-Max has been around for a while, but there's still a lot to like, including refined ride and handling and a comfortable interior done up in high-quality materials. A 2.0-liter engine and electric motor combine to produce 188 horsepower and about 40 mpg in combined city and highway driving. You can also get a plug-in hybrid version with a larger battery called the C-Max Energi. It's worth noting that the C-Max Hybrid's powertrain doesn't deliver fuel economy as high as the mpg figures from some newer rivals. The latest Prius returns up to 56 mpg, for example, and the Hyundai Ioniq tops out at 58 mpg. Kia's new Niro, which has a body design similar to the C-Max's, also bests it with a 50 mpg rating. For most buyers, though, the 2018 Ford C-Max Hybrid should serve well as a versatile and reasonably efficient vehicle."
All C-Max Hybrids come with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder gasoline engine paired with an electric motor powered by a lithium-ion battery pack. Working together, their combined output is 188 horsepower. A continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) sends power to the front wheels.
Standard equipment for the C-Max Hybrid SE includes 17-inch alloy wheels, dual-zone automatic climate control, a power-adjustable driver seat, a 60/40-split folding rear seat, a leather-wrapped tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, a rearview camera, a 110-volt, household-style power outlet, Bluetooth, voice commands, a 4.2-inch central display screen, smartphone app integration (including Pandora internet radio), and a six-speaker sound system with a CD player, a USB interface and satellite radio.
C-Max Hybrid packages include: a SE Driver Assist package that bundles a power liftgate, rear parking sensors, and the Sync 3 interface with an 8-inch touchscreen, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay and an extra USB port. An SE Comfort package provides heated mirrors, leather seating upholstery, a power-adjustable front passenger seat and heated front seats. A Cold Weather package provides just heated mirrors and heated front seats. A panoramic glass roof, keyless entry keypad and a navigation system are available as stand-alone options.
Standard equipment for C-Max Hybrid Titanium includes foglights, automatic wipers, the heated mirrors and seats, leather upholstery, the power-adjustable front passenger seat, keyless ignition and entry, remote start, ambient lighting, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, and a premium Sony audio system with nine speakers and HD radio. Titanium's Driver Assist package includes front parking sensors, a hands-free liftgate, a blind-spot monitoring system and automated parallel parking. The panoramic glass roof, a keyless entry keypad and a voice-controlled navigation system are offered as stand-alone options as well.
The 2018 Ford C-Max’s electrified powertrain consists of a 2.0-liter I-4 engine paired to an electric motor for a total system output of 188 hp, delivering an EPA-rated 42/38 mpg city/highway and has a driving range of 540 miles (based on the EPA’s default split of 55 percent city and 45 percent highway). In Motor Trend testing, the 2013 C-Max Hybrid hit 60 mph in 8.1 seconds and stopped from 60 mph in 128 feet.
Safety wise, The 2018 Ford C-Max Hybrid received 4 out of 5 stars for the hatchback’s overall safety rating. C-Max received the second-highest IIHS rating of Acceptable for the driver-side small overlap front crash test and the highest rating of Good for four other crash tests. The front crash prevention test was not conducted because the C-Max does not offer an automatic emergency braking system. A blind-spot monitoring system with rear-cross traffic alert is found in the Titanium Driver Assist package that also includes front parking sensors and a self-parking system. A rearview camera and an SOS post-crash alert system are standard.
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. C-Max'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 Hybrid 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 hybrid’s lithium-ion batteries are covered by an 8 year/100,000 mile hybrid component warranty.
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