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2016 Ford C-Max Hybrid

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2016 SE 4dr Hatchback
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Price:   -  From $24,170
2016 SEL 4dr Hatchback Price:   -  From $27,170

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:

Ford C-Max Hybrid

SE

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.

Ford C-Max Hybrid

SEL

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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: Good vehicle. Decent, but not quite the best. Often affordable, but lacking key features found in vehicles of the same class.

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The 2016 Ford C-Max Hybrid remains an attractive alternative to mundane gas-electric hybrids or other similarly sized hatchbacks. The surprising enthusiastic driving character, decent fuel economy, and low starting price place the Ford C-Max Hybrid nearly in a class of its own considering its lively driving traits, wagon-like proportions, and tall stature much like a compact SUV.

Pricing and Equipment

The 2016 Ford C-Max Hybrid is classified as either a wagon or four-door hatchback with seating for up to five. The Ford C-Max comes in two trim levels, the SE and SEL, which start at $25,045 and $28,045, respectively. A plug-in hybrid version of the Ford C-Max, dubbed the C-MaxEnergi, is also available starting at $32,645.

Our C-Max of choice, the Hybrid in SEL trim, adds the recently updated Sync 3 infotainment system with an 8-inch touchscreen combining GPS navigation in addition to the SE’s standard Bluetooth phone/audio connectivity with smartphone app integration, Sync voice command system, and six-speaker audio system with USB and auxiliary interfaces. Other features we like as part of the Ford C-Max SEL's equipment are:

  • Rain-sensing wipers
  • Heated front seats
  • Reverse sensing system
  • 10-way power-adjustable driver's seat
  • Power-adjustable and heated exterior review mirrors
  • Fog lights
  • Intelligent access with push-button start

Selecting the Ford C-Max SEL trim also opens up the availability of many other desirable options, such as a rearview backup camera, hands-free operation of the optional power liftgate, HD radio, an upgraded Sony audio system with nine speakers, active park assist, and ambient interior lighting. Many of the available features mentioned can be bundled in separate available option packages.

Performance Pros

Ford C-Max Hybrid

The 2016 Ford C-Max exhibits a livelier driving characteristic than comparable hybrids. The initial, instant torque from the two electric motors helps to get things moving while the 2-liter four-cylinder engine with 141 horsepower works through a continuously variable transmission (CVT) for a seamless transition of power to the front wheels. Total power output from the system equates to 188 horsepower, enough to reach 60 mph from a standstill in 8.1 seconds, about two seconds quicker than the Toyota Prius.

  • Decent acceleration for a hybrid with quick response to throttle inputs.
  • Communicative steering.

Performance Cons

  • Braking feel and performance aren't assuring, with longer than desirable stopping distances.
  • Combined EPA-estimated fuel consumption at 40 mpg (42 mpg city/37 mpg highway

Interior Pros

  • An elevated driving position gives drivers an enhanced view of the road and a better sense of vehicle control.
  • The updated Sync 3 infotainment system has a higher level of user-friendliness through smartphone-like gesture controls and revamped menu sets.
  • Front and rear legroom are generous for its segment.

Interior Cons

  • Cargo area, at 24.5 cubic feet with the rear seatbacks up, us less than the comparable wagons and small crossovers.
  • Audio controls in the base C-Max SE are cumbersome to use.

The Most Pleasant Surprise

To us, the 2016 Ford C-Max Hybrid exhibits surprising driving characteristics that are uncommon for a wagon/hatchback hybrid vehicle.

The Least Pleasant Surprise

Overall fuel mileage estimates are far off from what you would expect in a competitor to the Toyota Prius. The 42 mpg highway and 37 mpg city figures can easily be had in similarly-sized non-hybrid sedans and hatchbacks.

The Bottom Line

The 2016 Ford C-Max Hybrid is an excellent alternative to vehicles like the Toyota Prius if you place a higher value on performance over fuel economy and ample cargo space.

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Specs & Features

Highlights
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Not Available
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
2.0L I-4 / 141 HP / 129 ft.lbs.
Transmission
2-spd CVT w/OD
Drive Type
Front-wheel
Fuel Economy - City/Highway/Combined
42 / 36 / 39 Mpg
Passenger Capacity
5
Bumper to Bumper Warranty
36 Months / 36,000 Miles
Mechanical Specs
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
2.0L I-4 / 141 HP / 129 ft.lbs.
Drive Type
Front-wheel
Fuel Economy - City/Hwy/Combined
42 / 36 / 39 Mpg
Brakes
4-wheel Disc
Front Suspension
Strut
Rear Suspension
Independent Multi-link
Spare Tire And Wheel
Fuel Tank
13.5 Gal.
Recommended Fuel Type
Regular Unleaded
Average Cost To Fill Tank
$51
Dimensions & Capabilities
Maximum Cargo Volume
52.6 Cu.ft.
Passenger Volume
100 Cu.ft.
Exterior Length
173.6 "
Exterior Width
72.0 "
Exterior Height
63.9 "
Front Headroom
41.0 "
Rear Headroom
39.4 "
Front Legroom
43.1 "
Rear Legroom
36.5 "
Front Shoulder Room
55.9 "
Rear Shoulder Room
55.2 "
Front Hip Room
Rear Hip Room
Curb Weight
3,607 Lbs.
Wheel Base
104 "
Turning Radius
19.2 '
Exterior Features
Door Count
4 Doors
Wheels
17.0 " Silver Aluminum
Paint
Clearcoat Monotone / Metallic Monotone / Tri-coat Monotone
Exterior Mirrors
Dual Power Remote Convex Spotter / Dual Power Remote Heated Convex Spotter
Bumpers
Body-colored
Grille Moldings
Metal-look
Rear Spoiler
Lip
Exhaust
Stainless Steel
Interior Features
Seating
Passenger Capacity
5
Seat Trim
Cloth
Front Seat Type
Bucket
Heated Front Seats
Driver And Front Passenger Heated-cushion, Heated-seatback
Front Driver Seat Direction Controls
6-way
Front Passenger Seat Direction Controls
4-way
Front Armrests
6-way
Rear Armrests
Rear Seats
60-40 Split-bench
Radio & Infotainment
Radio
Am/fm, Clock, Seek-scan / Am/fm, Seek-scan / Am/fm/satellite, Seek-scan
Speakers
6
Radio Steering Wheel Controls
Apple Car Play
Android Auto
Bluetooth w/ Hands-Free Connectivity
Convenience Features
Steering Wheel Type
Telescopic Tilt
Climate Control
Automatic Air Conditioning
Cruise Control
With Steering Wheel Controls
Sun Roof
Rearview Mirror
Day-night
One Touch Open Window
Front And Rear
Tinted Windows
Light
Vanity Mirrors
Dual Illuminated
Remote Keyless Entry
Keyfob (all Doors)
Power Outlets
3
Safety Features
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Overall Front Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Overall Side Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Rollover Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Front Impact Airbags
Driver And Passenger
Driver Side Impact Airbags
Seat Mounted
Knee Airbag
Driver
Passenger Side Impact Airbag
Seat Mounted
Rear Side Airbag
Seatbelt Pretensioners
Front
Anti-Lock Brakes
4-wheel Anti-lock Brakes (abs)
Forward Collision Warning
Blind Spot Sensor
Lane Departure Warning
Autonomous Cruise Control
Pedestrian Detection
Driver Attention Alert
Daytime Running Lights
Auto High Beams
Adaptive Headlights
Parking Sensors
Rear
Security Systems
Panic Alarm
Ignition Disable
Securilock
Warranty
Bumper To Bumper Months Miles
36 Months / 36,000 Miles
Major Components Months
60 Months / 60,000 Miles
Included Maintenance Months
Roadside Assistance Months
60 Months / 60,000 Miles
Corrosion Perforation
60 Months / Unlimited Miles
Accessories Months

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