2013 Ford C Max Hybrid
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Hatchbacks as Hybrids Hard to Find

by from Springboro, OH on May 31, 2013

I'm a hauler. I need a hatchback for my garage sale stops and do-it-yourself projects. My previous '07 Prius was amazing in terms of everything I could fit in that car, including a 55 gallon rain barr...
I'm a hauler. I need a hatchback for my garage sale stops and do-it-yourself projects. My previous '07 Prius was amazing in terms of everything I could fit in that car, including a 55 gallon rain barrel capture system. But, as a trip car, it was noisy and a bit jarring. It was time for a trip out west and a nicer car. The only other car that had the space, and mpg I could stomach were the Prius and the C-Max hybrid. So, after test driving them both I went with the C-Max. Here's why. + Heavier vehicle by 600 lbs but translates to a nicer, quieter ride. + I ride higher and I like that a lot. Lots and lots of headroom. Makes it feel very spacious. But I am 5'1", so keep that in mind. + The back-up camera is very nice and easy to see even in daylight. + As long as I have the keys on my person I can touch any of the four doors and they will all unlock. If I am traveling by myself, touching the driver's side door will be the only one that unlocks. + Ford technology is amazing. At first I thought the whole "Efficiency Leaves" things was a bit far out but I am driving better (more efficiently) than I was with the Prius. The dashboard is more colorful and entertaining than the Prius'. + I can coast further in the C-Max than the Prius. It's kind of like the experience of trying to coast on a low end bicycle compared to how far you can coast on a high end one. + The technology also includes automatic gas mileage calculations for every leg of a trip. The lowest I have gotten on a short trip is 34.6 mpg. The highest is 88.6 mpg where I was able to use the electric motor the entire 4 mile return trip that included a mile up hill. + Now while that previous statement seems unreal, overall I have lost 5-10 miles per gallon on an average fill up. My overall mileage after 1400 miles is 39.8, much lower than the 47 advertised. However, it was 29 mpg when I purchased the car with 78 miles on it. I assume those 78 miles were done by people testing the acceleration - which is awesome, btw, because I was one of the persons testing it. + My point is though, that this car has the ability to remain in electric mode far longer than the Prius. My mpg continues to climb with every fill up so I'm hopeful I'll reach the mid-forties over time. Now for the negatives. - I do have to drive conservatively. I could drive like a bat out of Hades in the Prius and still get 45 mpg. Now I have to drive like I'm carting nitro but I'm actually enjoying the slower pace. And the whole dashboard thing makes it like I'm playing a video game while I drive so it is kind of fun and rewarding. - I think the cargo volume is rated at 54 cu. ft., nearly the same as the Prius. However, most of that space is near the ceiling of the car which is higher than the Prius. - You won't get 47 mpg unless you work at changing the way you drive but hey, that's a good thing. - Seats feel firm. When we go out west I'll let you know how they felt over the long haul. - We bought the SEL version with everything but the Rear Park Aid. We love the Panoramic roof and I think if I had kids they would love the glass ceiling view from the back seat. Maybe our grandbabies will some day? Overall, I'm very satisfied. Having fun driving it so if it turns out to be as well made and reliable as a Prius I'll have made the right decision for my needs.
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Great Hybrid for a Modern Family

by from Brooklyn, NY on December 12, 2012

Needed a peppy, economical, functional car for daily commuting, errands and occasional pleasure trips. The Ford C-Max meets all our needs and holds 4 adults in comfort. Cabin head, shoulder and legroo...
Needed a peppy, economical, functional car for daily commuting, errands and occasional pleasure trips. The Ford C-Max meets all our needs and holds 4 adults in comfort. Cabin head, shoulder and legroom is terrific, even for a big person (I'm 6'-3" and 235 lbs!) and the front and side visibility is great. We chose the SEL model for the heated leather seats, navigation system and features like built-in hands-free voice activated phone interface. The automatic rear hatch open and close function is pure genius! Good room under hatch for groceries or short trip luggage for two -- fold down rear seats flat and you triple cargo area for larger items. The dash and cockpit controls are logical and clear. The super quiet electric motor pulls the car around city streets very smartly and when you need it, the gas engine puts full 188 hp into play with no hesitation for plenty of power while passing or merging. Street parking is easy with a rear assist camera, but the proximity beeper gives ample (maybe too ample) warning. The C-Max has solid construction and good handling. Regenerative breaks take an hour or two to get used to, but feel natural after a few drives. Our gas/electric (tank takes 13 gallons of regular for 600+ mile range/tank) milage is up to 38 - 42 mpg (all city stop and go so far) and improving as we are learning new driving habits and are still in the extended break-in period common to hybrid vehicles. Even if we never hit Ford/EPA estimates of 47mpg, still 3X better than our old Volvo and as good as other hybrids with less power and fewer features. WE LOVE THIS CAR!
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Surprised That I'm Back With A Ford!

by from St Paul, MN on August 7, 2013

I left American cars behind when I bought an Audi A6. I loved it, but the repair costs after the warranty ended drove me out of it. I switched to Nissan and was "okay" with both the Murano and the Alt...
I left American cars behind when I bought an Audi A6. I loved it, but the repair costs after the warranty ended drove me out of it. I switched to Nissan and was "okay" with both the Murano and the Altima, but never impressed. I wanted a hybrid and my 6'3" husband wanted headroom. He avoided driving the Audi and both Nissans -- he wants to drive my little C-Max. I have 10K on it now and I get around 43 MPG. Not exactly as they promised, but pretty darned close. I love driving this car. The acceleration is great. The interior is comfortable for everyone. We drive in city rush hour traffic five days a week and make the two-hour trip back and forth to the cabin every weekend. The C-Max is great for both highway and city. Oh - and I hit a deer last month breaking from 50MPH on a county road. It took out the front bumper and fender, leaving body damage, but no permanent structural damage. My little Max handles just as it always had. I plan to drive it until the wheels fall off!
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c-Max

by from Tampa, Fl on January 15, 2013

Have had my c-Max about a week and am getting average of 42mpg which is pretty darn good. Not the 47 advertised but I'm still in the breaking in period. Except for a few software glitches with the mys...
Have had my c-Max about a week and am getting average of 42mpg which is pretty darn good. Not the 47 advertised but I'm still in the breaking in period. Except for a few software glitches with the mysync it is a great car. The road noise is minimal (I do a lot of highway driving). It is a lot of fun to drive and quite roomy. Had a backup camera put in after market and it shows on the myFord touch window and much less cost than the manufacturer package.
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Pretty good

by from Vista, CA on March 25, 2013

I've had this car for over 2000miles so far and I'm getting 43.7MPG. The hybrid coach helps(and my fuel economy is still getting better). Getting that MPG folks is cruising controlling 62MPH and not r...
I've had this car for over 2000miles so far and I'm getting 43.7MPG. The hybrid coach helps(and my fuel economy is still getting better). Getting that MPG folks is cruising controlling 62MPH and not rabbit starting for green lights. I love the roominess of the vehicle and the heated seats. Total failure for the Sync from Microsoft. That thing glitches on me weekly. Dealership says to restart the program but who are we kidding? I don't have time for that(weekly). I couldn't get programmed for the gate opener for the apartment. So there is my cons. Pros is the car looks great, love the rims, and leather. Quite ride. Again roominess.
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Overall very satisfied

by from Wellsville, New York on January 16, 2013

My only disappointment is the gas mileage. I have driven the car about 1100 miles and my gas mileage is in the low 30s. Great ride, nice large front window, plenty of body and headroom. The owners man...
My only disappointment is the gas mileage. I have driven the car about 1100 miles and my gas mileage is in the low 30s. Great ride, nice large front window, plenty of body and headroom. The owners manual needs to be improved. It is not very user friendly. The car is so new and so technical, that many of the sales reps and mechanics could not answer all my questions. Ford should offer tutorials On?line for new car owners.
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Great car!

by from Boston, MA on March 28, 2013

I have had my car for just a week, but already am in love with it. SE version with the Ford My Touch system. My first 200+ mile trip returned 55 mpg, and I am consistently in the mid to high 40's. The...
I have had my car for just a week, but already am in love with it. SE version with the Ford My Touch system. My first 200+ mile trip returned 55 mpg, and I am consistently in the mid to high 40's. The car is fun to drive, with a nice ride and good road feel I am 6 foot 6 inches - the drivers seating position is comfortable for me. The large glass area gives one an expansive view of the road. To those complaining about the MPG's - it is the driver, not the car. Pay attention to the coach, ride the pedal gently, and don't cruise at 70 or 80 mph.
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Veery comfortable car

by from Marion, IN on April 15, 2013

The C-max is very roomy inside. The ride is exceptional. Since I only have a thousand miles on the car, I cannot speak to its reliability. I love the touch screen display and ease of controlling the r...
The C-max is very roomy inside. The ride is exceptional. Since I only have a thousand miles on the car, I cannot speak to its reliability. I love the touch screen display and ease of controlling the radio, navigation, and temperature. The one down side to the car is the gas mileage. I knew it would not be the 47 that they advertised, but I was hoping for 37 that Consumer Report claimed. I am at 33.3 mpg.
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Best car I have owned.

by from Chicago, IL on June 2, 2013

I traded in my Pontiac Vibe, reluctantly, for this vehicle and I was in love right away. On long trips and short the car is very comfortable. I have 2200 miles on it, and my mpg keeps going up - alrea...
I traded in my Pontiac Vibe, reluctantly, for this vehicle and I was in love right away. On long trips and short the car is very comfortable. I have 2200 miles on it, and my mpg keeps going up - already at 41 mpg. I love the quiet cabin. Even road noise is mostly eliminated. It has great pick-up even at 65 mph (had to find out once, and it did not fail me!) Have used SYNC with two different phones (iphone and android) and have had no problems. The car handles great, nice stability, even in windy conditions. It has loads of room front and back (even for very tall people) and plenty of room to carry cargo in back. I have already recommended this car to several of my colleagues!
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20,000 miles in 10 months.

by from NY on December 15, 2013

Bought only for fuel economy as drive more than 15,00 miles /month.Had volvo s60,Infinity G37xs,Hyundai Genesis,MDX in past& also have Infinity J34 & Nissan Juke. So it is not comparison & not my 1st....
Bought only for fuel economy as drive more than 15,00 miles /month.Had volvo s60,Infinity G37xs,Hyundai Genesis,MDX in past& also have Infinity J34 & Nissan Juke. So it is not comparison & not my 1st. or 2nd car. Very good accelration almost 190 + HP combined. No problems in 10 months. Milage 40.5 to 40.7 .I drive City mostly & no mercy on throttle.Uses regular gas. Braking is impressive. Much roomier than juke.
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