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2016 Ford C-Max Hybrid OVERVIEW

Unlike most hybrids on the market, Ford’s compact C-Max hatchback is a “dedicated” hybrid. (So is the popular, long-lived Toyota Prius.) Rather than tucking a battery/gasoline powertrain into an existing conventional vehicle, the C-Max was designed from the beginning to operate on a combination of electricity and gasoline. Thus, no gasoline-engine equivalent is available, and no such powertrain is needed, though Ford does also offer an Energi plug-in hybrid.

What's New for 2016

Except for new color choices, the C-Max Hybrid carries over unchanged for the 2016 model year.

Ford C-Max Hybrid

Choosing Your Ford C-Max Hybrid

The C-Max uses the same hybrid powertrain and continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) used in the more expensive Ford Fusion and Lincoln MKZ sedans, so you need not worry about falling short on performance. The 2-liter four-cylinder gasoline engine is rated at 141 horsepower and 129 pound-feet of torque. Taken together, the gas engine and electric motor produce 188 horsepower, and deliver an estimated 40 mpg in combined driving.

Though its EPA estimates can't top those of its chief rival, the Toyota Prius, the C-Max is significantly swifter and more adept at tackling curves. A C-Max Hybrid can reach 62 mpg in electric-only mode. With its rear seat folded, the C-Max can handle up to 52.6 cubic feet of cargo.

The C-Max is offered in two trim levels:


Comes with all the basic convenience features for this class, as well as dual-zone automatic climate control, automatic headlights, Bluetooth phone/audio, integrated smartphone apps, and a six-speaker sound system with a CD player. Also standard are remote keyless entry, an EcoSelect button, leather-wrapped steering wheel, and 17-inch aluminum wheels.

Equipment Group 201A brings rear parking sensors, a power liftgate, and ambient interior lighting. You can build further with Group 202A, which adds satellite radio and a SYNC 3 infotainment interface. Group 203A includes everything in the previous two groups, plus navigation with real-time traffic information. The standalone Winter package adds heated seats and mirrors to any C-Max configuration.


Contains all of the SE's options as standard (except the power liftgate and navigation), along with leather-trimmed upholstery, a power driver’s seat, foglamps, automatic rain-sensing wipers, pushbutton start, multicolor interior lighting, and an auto-dimming inside mirror. As with the SE, there are three successive option packages. Group 301A consists of voice-activated navigation and a nine-speaker Sony sound system with HD radio. Group 302A tacks on a rearview camera and a power liftgate with hands-free operation. Finally, Group 303A reaches the limit, adding front parking sensors and an automated parking system.

A fixed panoramic sunroof and remote start are available as single options on any C-Max.

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CarsDirect Tip

There's a $3,000 difference between the SE and SEL versions, which isn't all that much considering the latter's array of standard equipment. Unless grabbing the lowest price is your primary concern, we think an SEL is the sensible way to go C-Max; but either Hybrid delivers the same energetic performance and thrifty gas mileage.

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