2016 Ford C-Max Hybrid

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Key Specs

of the 2016 Ford C‑Max Hybrid. Base trim shown.

  • Body Type:
  • Combined MPG:
    39 Combined MPG
  • Engine:
    141-hp, 2.0-liter I-4 (regular gas)
  • Drivetrain:
    Front-wheel Drive
  • Transmission:
    2-speed CVT w/OD
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Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Gas mileage potential
  • High-tech features

The Bad

  • Dashboard controls

Notable Features of the 2016 Ford C-Max Hybrid

  • Sync 3 multimedia system now available
  • Five seats, no sliding doors
  • Plug-in Energi version available
  • Gas-electric four-cylinder drivetrain

2016 Ford C-Max Hybrid Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview

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.

(Skip to details on the: C-Max Energi)

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 horsepower 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

C-Max Energi

The principal difference between the 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 ...
Vehicle Overview

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.

(Skip to details on the: C-Max Energi)

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 horsepower 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

C-Max Energi

The principal difference between the 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 hp
  • Programmable battery charging
  • Cabin temperature preconditioning using grid electricity

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What Drivers Are Saying

Exterior Styling
(4.8)
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(4.9)
Interior Design
(4.9)
Comfort
(4.9)
Reliability
(4.8)
Value For The Money
(4.8)

Latest Reviews

(5.0)

Mr Si Max

by Si Si Max from Elmhurst, IL on July 27, 2017

This car is compact, yet very roomy inside. Very good fit and finish. It has a lot of power compared to the 2010 Prius I use to own. The car handles very well and big improvement in the viewing area, ... Read full review

(5.0)

First New Car

by bcdonahue from Park Ridge on July 17, 2017

I bought a 2016 C-Max SEL model new less than six months ago, and it was one of the best purchases I've ever made. I've only put about 5k miles on it, but I average between 39-41 miles per gallon ... Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2016 Ford C-Max Hybrid currently has 1 recall

Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2016 Ford C-Max Hybrid has not been tested.

Manufacturer Warranty

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    36 months / 36,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    60 months / 60,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    60 months / 60,000 miles

CPO Program & Warranty

Certified Pre-Owned by Ford

Program Benefits

24-hour roadside assistance, rental car reimbursement up to $30 per day, full tank of gas, vehicle history report, new wiper blades and fresh oil and filter

  • Limited Warranty

    7 years / 100,000 miles

    7 years from original new vehicle warranty start date or 100,000 miles. Powertrain Limited Warranty from original in-service date. 12- month/12,000-mile comprehensive limited warranty. See dealer for details. $100 deductible per visit.
  • Eligibility

    Under 6 years / 80,000 miles

    Vehicles receive a 172 point inspection and reconditioning.

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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 Hybrid 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.

See also the latest CPO incentives by automaker