2013 Ford C-MAX Hybrid Video Road Test & Review
The Ford C-MAX is a plus sized people mover that has been hitting the streets of Europe for quite some time now and the Blue Oval believes that the all new for the Unite States 2013 Ford C-MAX Hybrid is just what they need to take on the legions of Prius people that are flying the gas/electric flag. The C-MAX Hybrid is available in a $25,200 SE trim as well as the $28,365 SEL version. The C-MAX Hybrid is based around Ford’s 2.0 Liter Atkinson cycle four cylinder paired with an electric AC-synchronous motor and an advanced Lithium-Ion battery pack that sends a total of 188 net horsepower through an electronically controlled CVT in order to return an estimated 47 MPG combined. There is also the $32,950 Plug-in Hybrid C-MAX Energi that comes with a lofty 100 MPGe combined rating.
The base C-MAX Hybrid SE comes well equipped with plenty of cargo capacity as well as a six speaker AM/FM/MP3-CD stereo with Ford SYNC voice activated in vehicle connectivity as well as a 4.2 inch color LCD display in the instrument cluster that displays among many others, a unique hybrid screen. The slightly upgraded C-MAX SEL gets leather as well as a pair of heated buckets up front, a push button starter, MyFord Touch 8 inch touch screen display in the center stack as well as six months of SiriusXM Satellite radio. Meanwhile the exterior of the SEL is upgraded with security approach lamps and blind spot mirrors as well as a pair of fog lamps, rain sensing windshield wipers and some chrome accents.
The top of the line C-Max Energi is the only Plug-in of the bunch and comes with a 120 Volt charge cord, being a plug-in hybrid allows the Energi to run in hydrocarbon-free EV modes. The Energi also comes with a five year data subscription to the MyFord Mobile application as well as an external charge port where the LED ring lights up to let you know the state of charge.