2016 Ford C-Max Hybrid

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2016 Ford C-Max Hybrid
2016 Ford C-Max Hybrid

Key specs

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The good:

  • Gas mileage potential
  • High-tech features

The bad:

  • Dashboard controls

2 trims

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Notable features

  • 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 review: Our expert's take

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.

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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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Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.8
  • Interior design 4.8
  • Performance 4.7
  • Value for the money 4.7
  • Exterior styling 4.8
  • Reliability 4.7

Most recent consumer reviews


Great car

All the advantages of an SUV (You sit high; lots of interior room extremely easy entry and exit) and none of the disadvantages. My prior car was a 2013 Focus HB. This car is built on the same frame but you sit high, far more interior space, and better mileage. I bought used '13 with 80K miles. My best mileage has been high 30s, not the figures I see from other reviewers. But love the car and would get another in a heartbeat. Whatever prompted Ford to discontinue it (cheap gas?) is beyond me, but there will be plenty of good used ones around if/when mine gives out.


Most enjoyable driving car I've ever had.

have space for all the grandkids Great for shopping took a while to get used to the brakes. But is a real joy to drive.


291k miles and counting

Easiest way to look at it? I'm going to buy another one. I've put over 291k miles on my 2014 Ford C-Max SEL, and the only issues I've had over all those miles were two broken rear door latches (covered by a recall), a goofy issue with the fuel filler (it doesn't have a gas cap, just the little flap, and that doesn't always close exactly right, trucking the sensor into thinking there's a leak in the fuel system line), and I had an engine misfire at 288k due to a bad replacement spark plug and coil packs. Otherwise, it's a dream. She's not fast or fun to drive, but she's comfortable and pleasant to drive. It's got enough power to get you out of the occasional sticky situation. The interior is incredibly well made, mine looks like any other excellent condition 5 year old car with only the driver's visor mirror cover having broken. I feel this car will last forever. Love it. I've got a terrible bad back and any time I have to sit in one position it bothers me, but the C-Max makes even long drives comfy.

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New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by Ford Blue Advantage Gold
New car program benefits
36 months/36,000 miles
60 months/unlimited distance
60 months/60,000 miles
Hybrid electric
96 months/100,000 miles
Roadside assistance
60 months/60,000 miles
Certified Pre-Owned program benefits
Maximum age/mileage
Gold Certified: Ford models up to 6 years old with less than 80,000 miles
Basic warranty terms
12-Month/12,000-Mile (whichever comes first) Comprehensive Limited Warranty Blue Certified: 90-Day/4,000-Mile (whichever comes first) Comprehensive Limited Warranty Disclaimer: See your dealer for warranty coverage details.
7-Year/100,000-Mile (whichever comes first) Powertrain Limited Warranty Blue Certified: Available Disclaimer: See your dealer for warranty coverage details.
Dealer certification required
Certified 172-point inspection
Roadside assistance
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