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3/4 Front Glamour 2013 Ford C-Max Energi

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Expert's Rating

4.0Excellent

MPG 40 City / 36 Highway
Pros
  • Excellent fuel efficiency
  • Plug-in capabilities
  • High-quality interior materials
  • Refined ride and handling
Cons
  • Significantly more expensive than the C-Max Hybrid
  • Limited cargo space
, Automotive Editor -
The C-Max Energi needs to establish a reputation as the plug-in hybrid leader -- with a firm and early hold on its class, it can enjoy the kind of success Toyota has had with the traditional hybrid.

Introduction

The 2013 model year brought the introduction of two new, high-efficiency models to Ford’s lineup: the C-Max hybrid and the C-Max Energi plug-in hybrid. According to Ford, the C-Max Energi hybrid uses its hybrid-drive system combined with its plug-in capabilities to produce a range of up to 500 miles on a single tank of gasoline.

For the 2013 model year, the C-Max Energi comes in just a single trim level: SEL. This vehicle is powered by a 2-liter Atkins-Cycle hybrid engine that produces 141 horsepower and 129 pound-feet of torque; an electronic continuously variable transmission delivers power to the front wheels. This combination nets the C-Max Energi 108 MPGe in the city and 92 MPGe on the highway.



The SEL trim level comes relatively well equipped, with features like keyless entry, heated seats, push-button start and leather seating. If the base SEL model isn’t enough, there are four additional optional packages to choose from. The Power Liftgate and Rear Park Aid Package adds rear parking sensors and a liftgate that opens effortlessly with the push of a button.

Next is the Premium Audio and Navigation Package, which adds a voice-controlled navigation system and a nine-speaker Sony audio system. The Hands-Free Technology Package comes with the power liftgate, a foot-activated liftgate sensor and a rearview camera. The Parking Technology Package, meanwhile, tosses in hands-free active park assist, which will locate a parallel parking space and park the C-Max with only minimal driver input.

Which Style To Buy?

2013 Ford C-Max Energi
Starting price
$15,000

2013 Ford C-Max Energi SEL

Recommended for: Buyers looking for a well-equipped hatchback with excellent mpg and low CO2 emissions

The 2013 Ford C-Max Energi comes only in SEL trim -- meaning it's pretty well-equipped. Standard features include: black rocker panel moldings; a rear spoiler; heated power side-view mirrors; fog lights; dual-zone automatic climate control; a leather-wrapped shifter knob and steering wheel; and a six-speaker audio system with AM/FM/CD/MP3 capabilities, a USB port and an audio-input jack.

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