The Ford C-Max was ahead of its time. This hybrid-exclusive vehicle hit Europe in 2004, and then New Zealand, before finally coming to the United States in 2013. But its glory days were short-lived, as the last model year of the C-Max was sold in the United States in 2018 and the following year in Europe. Still, you have to give credit to Ford for testing the waters before hybrids were cool.
Today, the Ford C-Max lives on in driveways and roads all over the country. Discontinued though this hybrid may be, you can still buy a used one at a great deal and then share in the joy of inexpensive ride. The latest Ford C-Max model year boasts a 42 city miles and 38 highway miles per gallon. You can also be assured of a fun ride, lots of cargo space, and a cozy and upscale interior.
Which Model Year?
There are only five model years to choose from, since in the United States we only ever saw the second generation of Ford C-Max. But which of the five? Obviously, we recommend getting the most recent model year. Not only does that reduce the intensity of wear and tear and give you the most cutting-edge features, but you also avoid the 2013 model year that way. What was wrong with the 2013 C-Max? That year was plagued with electrical problems, like unreliable and dead batteries. A fraction of that carried over into 2014. And then the last three years of the C-Max’s run have very few reported problems at all. Besides that, there were few big changes from year to year so any of the three most recent years are pretty similar.
Hybrid or Energi?
We’ve been describing the Ford C-Max as a hybrid vehicle, which it is. But there’s also the plug-in hybrid C-Max Energi. What’s the difference? The C-Max Hybrid is a traditional hybrid that uses the car’s momentum while braking or slowing to charge a 1.4 kWh battery. The electric motor kicks in once charged to give you gasoline-free acceleration.
On the other hand, the C-Max Energi, being a plug-in hybrid can be charged in your home, not just out on the road. On a full charge, the C-Max Energi’s 7.6 kWh battery goes up to 82 miles before needing to dip into its conventional fuel. Because of its ability to charge on the go, with a full tank of gas and a fully-charged battery, you can travel 550 miles before needing to fuel up.
Why Drive a C-Max?
In addition to great fuel economy, the C-Max boasts more cargo room than many of its rivals: 24.5 cubic feet, or 52.6 cubes with the seats folded down. There’s also the superb handling and peppy acceleration that makes the C-Max plenty fun to drive. Finally, for the C-Max’s class, the accommodations are spacious and the interior is easy on the eye.