Unlike other websites and magazines, our ratings are not based solely on a singular road test, but rather a more encompassing batch of criteria: quality, safety, comfort, performance, fuel economy, reliability history and value. When comparing vehicles using our Rating System, it's important to note that the rating earned by each vehicle correlates only to the models within its class. For example, a compact car cannot be compared to a SUV—They are different vehicles altogether.
You can interpret our ratings in the following way:
5-Star: Outstanding vehicle. Only the most exceptional vehicles achieve this rating.
4-Star: Very Good vehicle. Very good and close to being the best vehicle in its class.
3-Star: Good vehicle. Decent, but not quite the best. Often affordable, but lacking key features found in vehicles of the same class.
2-Star: Below average vehicle. Not recommended, and lacking attributes a car buyer would come to expect for the price.
1-Star: Poor vehicle. Simply does not deserve to be on the road.
2014 Ford C-Max Hybrid OVERVIEW
The Ford C-Max Hybrid is based on the awarding-winning Focus and delivers a fun-to-drive attitude along with style and comfort. Like the Prius, the C-Max Hybrid is a five-door hatchback that can fit up to five people and swallow lots of cargo with its seats folded. Compared to the Prius, the C-Max offers a more engaging driving experience with a better ride, a quieter cabin and better executed interior design.
What's New for 2014
The Ford C-Max rolls into 2014 with very few changes. New transmission gearing aims to improve fuel economy, and there are some minor and trim changes.
Choosing Your Ford C-Max Hybrid
Every C-Max features a new 2-liter four-cylinder engine and a 35-kW electric motor that produce a combined 188 horsepower and 129 pound-feet of torque. Mated to a continuously variable transmission (CVT), the unit returns an EPA-estimated 40 mpg city and 45 mpg highway.
The major choice for buyers is trim level—there are two:
Options for SE and SEL models include a panoramic moonroof with power-operated sunshade, a remote-start system and navigation. A few optional features are exclusive to the SEL: A convenient power liftgate opens and closes by simply waving your foot under the rear bumper, for instance, and an active park-assist feature makes parallel parking as simple as pressing a button.
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