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.