2013 Ford C Max Energi
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Great Performance and Comfort

by from California on November 5, 2013

I've driven my Cmax Energi about 600 miles, and so far I am very impressed with the vehicle. It handles well on the road compared to its peers. The ride is smooth and comfortable rather than sporty. I...
I've driven my Cmax Energi about 600 miles, and so far I am very impressed with the vehicle. It handles well on the road compared to its peers. The ride is smooth and comfortable rather than sporty. It's no sports car, but it holds on well to the turns and has the torque to push out off the line very quickly if you choose. It is very easy to park in the city, much shorter than many sedans. As far as the battery and fuel efficiency, I charge the battery every few days and have gotten variable range (15-28 miles). Learning to use using downhill regen mode definitely helps. I've driven 600 miles and I'm still on my first tank of gas -- the system is showing that I'm getting 60 mpg. After reading so many mixed reviews of the MyFord Sync system, I was surprised to find that Sync worked well for me. I use the voice control all the time and navigation all the time and find them responsive. I work in technology, so I did familiarize myself with the basic commands and have found it better than most voice control systems I've used. I love the MyFord Mobile app to keep track of my charging. There are certain items that can be improved, but generally it is a very good system. The interior of the SEL is very nice and well thought out. All of my passengers have been impressed with the interior, though one found the backseat a bit too upright. There are a few items that would note: It is not great at U-turns. The turning radius is wide and often requires three point turns for turning around. This wouldn't be an issue outside of the city. The battery placement in the trunk takes a substantial amount of the cargo space, so if you need any cargo space go for the regular hybrid model. The EV plug is on the driver's side, but it should be on the curbside of the car for curbside charging. I have number of suggestions for myford touch, but the one glaring curiosity is that software updates are done via USB. The car has a dial up data transfer for the myford mobile app, so they should enable software updates to be pushed to the system. The more efficient it is to update the system, the more frequently the system can be improved. Overall, the car has surpassed my expectations and I would recommend it to anyone that is in the market for a hybrid (particularly if you find the Prius a bit underpowered). Coming from owning German (BMW and Mercedes) and Japanese cars (Acura) I had some hesitation in giving this car a try. I am very impressed with the C-Max. Kudos to Ford for creating a high quality fuel efficient, comfortable semi-compact passenger car.
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Great Car, One Major Issue Kinda Spoils It

by from Ohio on February 28, 2013

I couldn't really justify a Volt, and I'm not big on GM anyway, so I decided to ditch my Camry Hybrid and get a C-Max Energi. This plug in car is pretty nice, and I like almost everything about it. I...
I couldn't really justify a Volt, and I'm not big on GM anyway, so I decided to ditch my Camry Hybrid and get a C-Max Energi. This plug in car is pretty nice, and I like almost everything about it. I'm not getting the rated EV range, or the rated mpg, but it *is* winter here in the midwest, and that's to be expected. There are a lot of nice fetaures, but I think one feature I really didn't need is the foot activated rear hatch. The other hatch functions (self closing, etc) are handier that I thought they would be. The car itself is very good. Now, the bad part which almost ruins the entire experience, is the Navigation system. This may be a problem limited to a portion of a production run, but the Navigation System does not seem to know where the car is. It can get to be as much as 1/2 mile off, and makes the Nav system unusable. Really, you cannot use it. Also, sometimes the Nav system map doesn't even load, and the map doesn't show up at all. I've taken it to the dealer for the problem, but they were instructed by Ford to do nothing. There is some kind of update on the way, but it's been over a month. The rest of the MyTouch system seems very buggy at times, and slow, but the Nav system irritates me so much that the rest of it pales by comparison. Really, something like this should not have gotten past the factory door. It's a black eye for Ford. Other than that, nice car!
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Great car, twice.

by from Denver, co on August 28, 2015

I've had my 2014 C-Max energi for 6 months now. I first purchased a 2013 Energi back in Feb 2014. I put 30K trouble free miles on the first one before wrecking it (head on with a SUV at 50mph). Becaus...
I've had my 2014 C-Max energi for 6 months now. I first purchased a 2013 Energi back in Feb 2014. I put 30K trouble free miles on the first one before wrecking it (head on with a SUV at 50mph). Because the first one did so well and basically saved my life, I purchased another on in March 2015. The 2014 gets a little better mileage off the battery. I usually get 24 to 25 miles. the 2013 seem to get 20 to 21. I average 97mpg on my 35 mile commute. I charge both ways so I don't go the the gas station but maybe once a month (about 1300 miles out of a tank). I drive pretty fast but this car does teach you how to get better MPG. I would buy it again!!
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Better than I expected

by from Melbourne, FL on August 2, 2013

I've owned my C-Max Energi for 3 months now and I'm very impressed with the engineering Ford did on this vehicle. I looked at the another highly popular hybrid company that makes a new model almost ex...
I've owned my C-Max Energi for 3 months now and I'm very impressed with the engineering Ford did on this vehicle. I looked at the another highly popular hybrid company that makes a new model almost exactly the same size in the passenger space, but it doesn't come as a plug-in and was way over-priced. I'm not someone that cares about make a statement with what I buy so the extra cost is not worth it to me. The C-Max Energi fits me perfectly because I have a 17 mile commute to work one-way and I have a charger at both locations. Out of the 6700 miles on the car the engine has only run 2350 and this is because I took a trip that was 2200 miles. My first leg of the trip was 920 miles and I set the Energi for EV-later to reserve my battery for when I wasn't on the Interstate. Of this 920 miles 380 were on electric only and almost all of this was at 70 MPH. I got 41.3 MPG for this leg of the trip at 70 MPH. On the way back I pushed it up to better than 75 MPH and the mileage dropped to 37.8 MPG and less than 100 miles were electric only. That's typical of a hybrid or any car's mileage goes down as speed goes up. The really good part is around town I consistently get between 23 and 24 miles off the electric motor before the engine starts. Also I get almost 21 miles off the battery at 70MPH on the interstate. I can't speak to the effects of cold because I live in Florida, but I do know people with other plug-ins or EVs in cold areas and they tell me the cold has a huge effect on the efficiency of the battery. This makes perfect sense because it takes far less energy to cool a car with an ambient of 90 outside to 72 inside than it does to heat the car from 10 outside to 72 inside. Plus on the EVs a battery heater kicks on to heat the battery. It will be interesting when winter comes to see if I consistently get better than 24 miles on the battery because the A/C is not used as much. I am very impressed with the Sync and navigation system. I only once have had the Sync not understand what I said but I had other people talking in the car. I asked them to not speak while I set things and it worked perfectly. I have had a couple of times when the navigation map was behind where the vehicle was but this was within the 10 minutes needed to get a good GPS fix by the computer once this 10 minutes past I have never had that problem. One of the most impressive things is the how much space there is in both the front and back seats. It is very open and doesn't make you feel boxed in. I have to say so far this is the best car purchase I have ever made. I have spent a total of $418 to drive this car 6700 miles.
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Overall Fantastic Car

by from Orange County, Ca on October 1, 2014

Purchased May 2014, last 2013 on dealer lot, fully loaded with fixed panoramic roof, got it below invoice. Previous vehicle was a 2006 Mustang GT, needed a four door with my son on the way and somethi...
Purchased May 2014, last 2013 on dealer lot, fully loaded with fixed panoramic roof, got it below invoice. Previous vehicle was a 2006 Mustang GT, needed a four door with my son on the way and something more economical in terms of MPGs. Pros: -great styling, not too wild or mild. -great handling and comfort. -luxuriously appointed. - EV usage 90+% of the time, previously would see the gas station every 2 weeks, now every 3-4 mos! -getting 23 - 27 pure EV miles on a single charge (dependent on driver & road conditions). -in Hybrid mode observed 53 mpg (high) and 43 (low). -trunk is perfect for 90% of drivers out there, for groceries, strollers, and even an aluminum folding wheelchair (and rear seats won't need to be folded). Cons: -needs HIDs and LEDs. -panoramic roof is fixed (doesn't open). -sportier wheel options like 5-spokes. Bottom line, great vehicle for the price and you won't have to deal with range anxiety like some other pure EVs.
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Fun Car to Drive and see how far you can go

by from Hudson, MA on April 25, 2014

I have not found a bad thing with this car. We drive 42 miles each way and plug it in at home and work, when the weather is 60 to 80 we get 25 miles + on a charge. It is a fun Car and love the room. I...
I have not found a bad thing with this car. We drive 42 miles each way and plug it in at home and work, when the weather is 60 to 80 we get 25 miles + on a charge. It is a fun Car and love the room. I could not get into the Prius with out hitting the wheel and headliner. I have been keeping a log and getting 54 to 75 mpg.
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Mileage less than advertised

by from San Diego on April 7, 2014

I leased a new '13 Cmax based on cost calculations using the advertised 21 miles in all-electric mode. My car never reads more than 16 when fully charged, and I'm now being told my driving pattern fro...
I leased a new '13 Cmax based on cost calculations using the advertised 21 miles in all-electric mode. My car never reads more than 16 when fully charged, and I'm now being told my driving pattern from yesterday is the cause of the shortage. This is either bunk or fraudulent advertising. I'll let you know what I find.
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This car performed well below zero

by from Saint Paul, MN on January 21, 2015

This car performed well, through two weeks of below zero weather in Minnesota. While operating the defroster really draws on the battery, and the total range dropped precipitously around zero, it stil...
This car performed well, through two weeks of below zero weather in Minnesota. While operating the defroster really draws on the battery, and the total range dropped precipitously around zero, it still is averaging 75+ mpg on mostly around-town driving. (After all, gas cars also get a huge drop in MPG in this weather.)
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Ford C-Max Energi

by from Hillsboro, MO on May 6, 2014

Great interior room, good styling, and great gas mileage. We bought this car to save on gasoline after we drove one owned by a brother-in-law. We drive at least 25 miles per day, most of which takes n...
Great interior room, good styling, and great gas mileage. We bought this car to save on gasoline after we drove one owned by a brother-in-law. We drive at least 25 miles per day, most of which takes no fuel. We figured we would get a new car for the price of the fuel saved. So far, we've been right. We love the bluetooth features, the smartness of the car and the comfort. Passengers love the room in the back seat.
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Glad I chose this car!

by from DFW area, TX on February 20, 2014

I bought the C-max Energi in November 2013 after spending more than a year looking at and test driving the C-Max. Since I have a long commute (80 miles RT) I initially thought the Energi wouldn't offe...
I bought the C-max Energi in November 2013 after spending more than a year looking at and test driving the C-Max. Since I have a long commute (80 miles RT) I initially thought the Energi wouldn't offer much of an advantage over the regular C-Max. Ford was offering great rebates PLUS 0 % financing for the Energi.I couldn't resist that offer. I am very happy with my purchase. Now that the weather is getting milder, I am getting 63.5 MPG (based on actual fuel ups) with one charge per 80 miles of mostly highway driving. It is a lot of fun to drive in EV mode, very quiet ride and good acceleration. There are lot of useful gauges giving you feedback on fuel economy. If you pay attention to them, you can definitely learn efficient driving habits. The trunk is limited in capacity, but the ability to fold down the back seats if needed makes up for it. Really haven't had to do that yet though. The interior of the car feels very roomy (lots of headroom) and comfortable. The MyFordTouch system (with Navigation) and smartphone syncing are working great. I love the smartphone app that lets you set charging times, cabin temperature and shows a lot of useful information about the car's health, odometer reading and fuel economy. The price is a little high, but the Energi comes with a great SEL package like heated leather seats, heated mirrors, auto-sensing wipers, etc. After three months and 5,500 miles, I am really loving this car.Can't really judge reliability yet, but hope it won't disappoint either!
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