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Unlike most hybrids on the market, Ford’s compact C-Max hatchback is a “dedicated” hybrid. (So is the popular, long-lived Toyota Prius.) The C-Max was designed from the beginning to operate on a combination of electricity and gasoline. Thus, no gas-engine equivalent is available in the U.S. market, but Ford does offer a plug-in hybrid version known as the Energi.

What's New for 2017

The C-Max receives mildly revised styling at the front and rear. A new Titanium trim level replaces the previous SEL. White Gold is a new exterior color.

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Choosing Your Ford C-Max Hybrid

The front-drive C-Max uses the same hybrid powertrain and continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) found 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. Together, the gas engine and electric motor produce 188 horsepower. The lithium-ion battery is rated at 1.4 kWh.

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 breezing through curves. Fuel economy is estimated at 40 mpg in combined driving, or 42 mpg city and 38 mpg highway. Pushing the EcoSelect button can boost economy, while softening performance. A C-Max Hybrid can reach only 62 mph in electric-only mode. A SmartGauge with EcoGuide is standard, offering customizable displays.

With its rear seat folded, the C-Max can handle up to 52.6 cubic feet of cargo. Space drops to 24.5 cubic feet with all seats up.

The C-Max Hybrid is offered in two trim levels:


Starting at $24,995 (destination charge included), the SE comes with all the basic convenience features for its class, as well as dual-zone automatic climate control, a rearview camera, a power driver seat, SYNC infotainment, and a six-speaker sound system with a CD player and satellite radio. Also standard are remote keyless entry, an EcoSelect button, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, LED accent lighting, cargo tie-down hooks, and 17-inch silver-painted aluminum wheels.

For an additional $1,200, Equipment Group 201A brings rear parking sensors, a power liftgate, and Ford's SYNC 3 infotainment interface with an 8-inch touchscreen. Equipment Group 202A adds heated mirrors and front seats, security approach lamps, leather upholstery, and a power passenger seat. For $795, you can add navigation with real-time traffic information.


Paying an additional $3,000 for Titanium trim makes several of the SE's options standard. Titanium features include standard leather upholstery, heated power front seats, foglamps, rain-sensing wipers, keyless ignition, remote start, reverse sensing, SYNC 3 with unique hybrid content, a Sony audio system with HD radio, and an auto-dimming rearview mirror. Machined aluminum wheels hold 17-inch tires.

For $1,600 more, Equipment Group 301A gives you blind spot monitoring with cross-traffic alert, forward sensing, and a power liftgate with hands-free operation. Also included is Active Park Assist, which can locate a parking spot and then help guide the vehicle into it.

CarsDirect Tip

There's a $3,000 difference between the SE and Titanium, which isn't all that much considering the latter's array of additional equipment. Unless grabbing the lowest price is your primary concern, we think the Titanium trim may be the sensible way to go. Before deciding, consider what’s included in the SE’s option packages. Both trims deliver the same energetic performance and thrifty gas mileage.

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