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2016 Ford C-Max Energi

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$12,445 — $19,117 USED
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Hatchback
5 Seats
38 MPG
(Combined)
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Overview

Is this the car for you?
(4.1) 8 reviews

The Good

  • Gas mileage potential
  • High-tech features

The Bad

  • Dashboard controls
2016 Ford C-Max Energi exterior side view

What to Know

about the 2016 Ford C-Max Energi
  • Sync 3 multimedia system now available
  • Five seats, no sliding doors
  • Plug-in Energi version available
  • Gas-electric four-cylinder drivetrain

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Our Take

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Vehicle Overview

The principal difference between the Ford C-Max Hybrid and C-Max Energi is the Energi's plug-in capability. Plug it in — Ford says the Energi can get a full charge in seven hours on a household 120-volt outlet and in less than three hours on 240-volt service — and the C-Max Energi can putter around on electric power alone for substantially longer than the C-Max Hybrid.

What's Special

  • Total drivetrain output of 188 horsepower
  • Programmable battery charging
  • Cabin temperature preconditioning using grid electricity

Here's info on the regular C-Max Hybrid:

The five-seat C-Max Hybrid is more of a hatchback than a minivan: The second-row doors open conventionally, rather than slide open. Competitors to the C-Max Hybrid include the Toyota Prius. A plug-in version of the C-Max dubbed C-Max Energi can be charged to increase the electric motor's ability to move the car gas-free.

New for 2016
Ford's Sync 3 multimedia system is now available and a new EcoSelect button activates an efficiency-oriented driving mode.

Significant Standard Features

  • 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine and electric motor make 188 hp total
  • Continuously variable automatic transmission
  • Front-wheel drive
  • Automatic headlights
  • Cruise control
  • 17-inch alloy wheels
  • Automatic climate control
  • Required in every new car: front airbags, antilock brakes and an electronic stability system

Significant Available Features

  • Premium audio
  • Heated side mirrors
  • Hands-free liftga...
Vehicle Overview

The principal difference between the Ford C-Max Hybrid and C-Max Energi is the Energi's plug-in capability. Plug it in — Ford says the Energi can get a full charge in seven hours on a household 120-volt outlet and in less than three hours on 240-volt service — and the C-Max Energi can putter around on electric power alone for substantially longer than the C-Max Hybrid.

What's Special

  • Total drivetrain output of 188 horsepower
  • Programmable battery charging
  • Cabin temperature preconditioning using grid electricity

Here's info on the regular C-Max Hybrid:

The five-seat C-Max Hybrid is more of a hatchback than a minivan: The second-row doors open conventionally, rather than slide open. Competitors to the C-Max Hybrid include the Toyota Prius. A plug-in version of the C-Max dubbed C-Max Energi can be charged to increase the electric motor's ability to move the car gas-free.

New for 2016
Ford's Sync 3 multimedia system is now available and a new EcoSelect button activates an efficiency-oriented driving mode.

Significant Standard Features

  • 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine and electric motor make 188 hp total
  • Continuously variable automatic transmission
  • Front-wheel drive
  • Automatic headlights
  • Cruise control
  • 17-inch alloy wheels
  • Automatic climate control
  • Required in every new car: front airbags, antilock brakes and an electronic stability system

Significant Available Features

  • Premium audio
  • Heated side mirrors
  • Hands-free liftgate
  • Rain-sensing windshield wipers
  • Leather upholstery
  • Heated front seats
  • Navigation system

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

4.1
8 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(3.8)
Performance
(3.9)
Interior Design
(4.4)
Comfort
(4.8)
Reliability
(4.1)
Value For The Money
(4.2)
(4.0)

Great for local trips

by robbratton from Monroeville, PA on June 2, 2018

I'm very happy with this PHEV. It's too soon for me to move to an electric. I would lease it again. I'll probably lease another PHEV when my lease is up next year. Read full review

(5.0)

perfect fuel efficient car

by Cotton Thompson from Baltimore, Md on February 22, 2018

This car is great on gas and meets all of my needs, perfect size, and all the right tech gadgets I need. Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2016 Ford C-Max Energi currently has 0 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2016 Ford C-Max Energi SEL

NHTSA rates vehicles using a star rating system from 1-5 stars, with 5 being the highest.

Overall
4 Star
Overall Front
4 Star
Overall Side
5 Star
Overall Rollover Rating
4 Star
Driver's
4 Star
Passenger's
4 Star
Side Barrier
5 Star
Side Barrier Rating Driver
5 Star
Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat
5 Star
Side Pole
5 Star
Side Pole Barrier combined (Front)
5 Star
Side Pole Barrier combined (Rear)
5 Star
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is part of the U.S. Department of Transportation. NHTSA provides vehicle safety information such as front- and side-crash ratings and rollover ratings. Vehicles are rated using a star rating system from 1-5 stars, with 5 being the highest.

Warranty

New car and certified pre-owned programs by Ford

New Car Program Benefits

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    36 months / 36,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    60 months / 60,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    60 months / 60,000 miles

Certified Pre-Owned Program Benefits

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The C-Max Energi received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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