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.
We think the extra cost of a C-Max Hybrid SEL is worth it—but those who prize economy above all else will be happier with the SE.