Summary, Prices, Specs

By August 18, 2013


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. correspondent Laura Burstein reported from San Francisco after her test drive of the Ford C-MAX.

Model Line Overview
Model lineup:Ford C-MAX Hybrid SE ($25,200); Hybrid SEL ($28,200); Energi SEL ($32,950)
Engines:2.0-liter DOHC inline four-cylinder, Atkinson cycle with 118-hp, 88kW electric motor
Transmissions:Electronic Continuously Variable Transmission (eCVT)
Safety equipment (standard):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):none
Basic warranty:3 years/36,000 miles
Assembled in:Wayne, Michigan
Specifications As Tested
Model tested (MSPR):Ford C-MAX Energi ($32,950)
Standard equipment: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
Options as tested (MSPR):Premium audio, navigation, hands-free tech package, power liftgate, keyless entry/start, rearview camera, panoramic sunroof
Destination charge:$795
Gas guzzler tax:N/A
Price as tested (MSPR):$36635
Layout:front-wheel drive
Engine:2.0-liter DOHC inline-4 Atkinson cycle, 118-hp, 88kW electric motor
Horsepower (lb.-ft @ rpm):141 @ 6000
Torque (lb.-ft @ rpm):129 @ 4000
Transmission:electronic continuously variable transmission (eCVT)
EPA fuel economy, city/hwy:44/41 mpg
Wheelbase:104.3 in.
Length/width/height:173.6/82.1/63.8 in.
Track, f/r:60.5/60.4 in.
Turning circle:39.0 ft.
Seating Capacity:5
Head/hip/leg room, f:41/54.3/40.4 in.
Head/hip/leg room, m:N/A
Head/hip/leg room, r:39.4/51.9/36.5 in.
Cargo volume:19.2 cu. ft.
Towing capacity:N/A
Suspension, f:independent, MacPherson strut with 25.5- mm stabilizer bar
Suspension, r:Control Blade multilink with 22-mm stabilizer bar
Ground clearance:5.5 in.
Curb weigth:3899 lbs.
Brakes, f/r:vented disc/disc with ABS, regenerative braking system
Fuel capacity:14.0 gal.
Unless otherwise indicated, specifications refer to test vehicle. All prices are manufacturer's suggested retail prices (MSPR) effective as of August 18, 2013.Prices do not include manufacturer's destination and delivery charges. N/A: Information not available or not applicable. Manufacturer Info Sources: 800-392-3673 -