An all-new addition to Ford's lineup, the 2013 C-Max is a hybrid-only compact aimed at delivering efficient operation without sacrificing passenger room. At 47 mpg in both city and highway driving, the C-Max certainly lives up to its aspirations of economy. It's spacious too, with generous headroom and chair-like seats that give it the feel of a compact SUV. Even with the rear seat up, the hatchback bodystyle provides more cargo space than a large sedan, so there's no problem with luggage and other family gear. But it's not to be confused with a small crossover or even a wagon, despite its tallish appearance. The C-Max is simply a passenger car that makes the most of every available inch.
At the heart of the C-Max is a hybrid powerplant with a 2-liter four-cylinder gas engine combined with an electric motor. It's the same setup used in the heavier (and more expensive) Ford Fusion and Lincoln MKZ hybrids. With 188 horsepower on tap, the C-max is one of the fastest hybrid you can buy at any price. Zero to 60 mph takes about 8 seconds. That might not sound all that impressive, but it's about 2 seconds quicker that most of its competitors, a significant difference that really shows in daily driving.Read more »
The C-Max lineup starts with the SE model, which can hardly be considered base in this class of car. Standard equipment includes 17-inch machined aluminum wheels, power windows and locks, a height-adjustable driver seat, automatic dual-zone climate control, integrated blindspot mirrors, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, and a six-speaker sound system with CD player and iPod/USB connectivity. The C-Max SE also comes with Ford's Sync voice-activated electronics control system with Bluetooth phone compatibility. Major options include a panoramic power sunroof, remote start, a power lightgate with rear parking assist, and a Winter Package consisting of puddle lamps, heated seats and heated power sideview mirrors.
Stepping up to the SEL gets you a range of extra features: leather seats, heated up front; a power driver's seat; keyless entry and push-button start; fog lamps; heated mirrors; ambient lighting; and Ford's MyTouch customizable touchscreen display. The MyTouch interface includes hybrid-specific gauges, additional Sync services and satellite radio.
What really sets the SEL apart is the availability of several features that might surprise you in a car of this size and price point. The Premium Audio and Navigation Package adds a nine-speaker Sony sound system with HD radio and a navigation system. There's also a Hands-Free Technology Package with rear backup camera and power tailgate that opens automatically when you swipe your foot under the rear bumper. If you order those two packages, you can also add the Parking Technology Package, which includes front parking sensors and an automatic parallel parking system.
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|Build & Price|
2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid$21,499 | 12,427 mi
2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid$21,598 | 25,871 mi
2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid$21,998 | 14,726 mi
2013 FORD C-MAX HYBRID$23,348 | 26,090 mi
2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid$23,825 | 2,124 mi
2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid$24,395 | 10,103 mi
2013 FORD C-MAX HYBRID$24,888 | 4,308 mi
2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid$24,988 | 18,965 mi
2013 FORD C-MAX HYBRID$27,888 | 7,699 mi
2013 FORD C-MAX HYBRID$28,995 | 2,717 mi
Well-earned reputation, but no longer the gold standard of hybrids
Refined sedan styling, less cargo space, slower despite turbo-hybrid power
Hybrid model is sophisticated and efficient, but lack of trunk space and power
Not a hybrid but gas mileage is close, significantly cheaper, traditional trunk limits utility