Like the Chevrolet Volt, the C-Max Energi as an electric car that reduces range anxiety by providing backup gasoline power. It's based on the awarding-winning Ford Focus and delivers a fun-to-drive attitude along with style and comfort. Unlike the four-passenger Volt, it has space for five.
What's New for 2014
The Ford C-Max rolls into 2014 with very few changes. There are some minor color and trim changes, and new transmission gearing aims to improve fuel economy.
Choosing Your Ford C-Max Energi
Every C-Max Energi features an electric motor paired with a 2-liter four-cylinder engine, and a gearless continuously variable transmission (CVT). Total output is 188 horsepower and 129 pound-feet of torque, all sent to the car's front wheels. The plug-in hybrid features a lithium-ion battery pack that provides an all-electric range of approximately 20 miles. In pure electric mode, the C-Max Energi is rated for 108 MPGe city and 92 MPGe highway.
The C-Max Energi comes in a single trim level—SEL—with standard features including heated front seats, push-button start and the MyFord Touch infotainment system with an 8-inch touchscreen display and conversational voice-recognition software.
There are also three option packages, each of which includes preceding packages:
- Premium Audio and Navigation: The self-explanatory package includes a nine-speaker Sony sound system and navigation.
- Hands-Free Technology: This adds a foot-activated power liftgate and a rearview camera.
- Parking Technology: This, finally, adds a feature that can maneuver the car into a parallel parking space with minimal input from the driver.
Adding all available option packages adds only $3,000 to the retail MSRP of a C-Max Energi—we're therefore able to recommend a loaded car as the best value.