Ford C-Max Energi Review
When our Ingot Silver Metallic Ford C-MAX Energi test vehicle was delivered, we were taken aback by a serious case of sticker shock. As we read what is commonly called the "Monroney" in the industry (that's the window sticker you see at dealerships), it wasn't the price that surprised us, but the EPA rating of 100 MPGe. Can you imagine driving around in a perfect city-oriented hatchback with plenty of passenger space and achieving this kind of gas mileage? Well, that's what this next-generation automobile is capable of.
A dedicated hybrid, the C-MAX strikes a good balance between fuel savings and drivability. Featuring a 2.0-liter inline-4 paired with a lithium-ion battery-powered motor, our plug-in Energi model offered effortless performance. Peaking at 188 horsepower (gas and electric motors combined) the C-MAX can also run for up to twenty miles on electric power alone, making it perfect for taking on the vicious LA commute. Park it at a 240-volt charging station, and 2.5 hours later you are charged up again.
Inside, high ceilings and a sizeable fixed glass roof add space to this relatively small, city-friendly hatchback. Passengers have plenty of room, but cargo space is rather compromised due to the battery set up taking up space in the hatch compartment. The Ford C-MAX plug-in hybrid feels solid and is made with quality materials, and it's a pleasure to spend time in its comfortable and smart cab-forward cabin. Smart gauges with eco guide will help you save more energy and make you feel better knowing you're reducing your carbon footprint. The Sony infotainment console combines with Microsoft Sync, MyFord Moblie and MyFord Touch to keep you ahead of the tech game for the 21st century. You get all the expected safety attributes and blind spot mirrors. Two major downfalls for us were that the turning radius is not outstanding and the very uneven cargo floor levels once the 60/40 split rear seats are folded down. Other than that, we'd be very interested in buying one. Perfect for short range commuters who can plug in at both ends.
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