The Ford C-MAX offers versatility, practicality and efficiency in two fuel-saving variants. Though hybrids and plug-ins continue to come with a high price premium, the C-MAX's superior range and tax credit eligibility make it a good value in the segment.
NewCarTestDrive.com correspondent Laura Burstein reported from San Francisco after her test drive of the Ford C-MAX.
Model Line Overview
Ford C-MAX Hybrid SE ($25,200); Hybrid SEL ($28,200); Energi SEL ($32,950)
2.0-liter DOHC inline four-cylinder, Atkinson cycle with 118-hp, 88kW electric motor
dual-stage front airbags, side-impact airbags, side curtain airbags, a driver's knee airbag, ABS, emergency brake assist, traction control, stability control, an anti-theft system and a post-crash alert system
Safety equipment (optional):
3 years/36,000 miles
Specifications As Tested
Model tested (MSRP):
Ford C-MAX Energi ($32,950)
leather-trimmed and heated seats, dual-zone automatic climate control, power adjustable driver seat, pushbutton start, universal garage door opener, satellite radio capability with a 6-month included subscription, the MyFord Touch interface with touchscreen, leather-wrapped, tilt/telescoping steering wheel with menu and audio controls, leather shift knob, power windows, trip computer, cruise control, remote keyless entry fog lamps, power heated side mirrors with integrated turn signals, rain sensing wipers, reverse sensing system
independent, MacPherson strut with 25.5- mm stabilizer bar
Control Blade multilink with 22-mm stabilizer bar
vented disc/disc with ABS, regenerative braking system
Unless otherwise indicated, specifications refer to test vehicle.
All prices are manufacturer's suggested retail prices (MSRP) effective as of November 12, 2012.
Prices do not include manufacturer's destination and delivery charges.
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