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.
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.
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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