The 2017 Ford C-MAX exemplifies Ford's entries in the world of hybrids. Two models offered: the Hybrid as well as the plug-in Energi, and each is available in either SE or Titanium trims. All are powered by a 2.0L inline-four Atkinson engine coupled with an electric motor, which generate a total 188 system horsepower. The difference in the Energi is its battery. The car utilizes a 7.6-kWh Lithium-ion battery (vs. a 1.4-kWh cell in the regular Hybrid). This means the battery alone can power the car, without any gas engine assistance, for a range of up to 20 miles. Whereas the Hybrid's smaller battery is recharged solely by the use of the gasoline engine, the Energi's battery can be plugged into an electric outlet for a total charge time of either 7 or 2.5 hours, depending upon the outlet's voltage. All C-MAX powerplants are mated to an electronic continuously variable transmission driving the front wheels. So equipped, the Hybrid is EPA-rated at a combined 40 mpg, while Ford claims the Energi can deliver a 95 mpg equivalent.
Inside, a dual-LCD SmartGauge with EcoGuide keeps drivers informed with real-time system information, which helps ensure maximum efficiency from the C-MAX driving experience. The displayed information is fully customizable and easily controlled through steering wheel-mounted switches. The gauge indicates instant fuel economy and fuel economy history, in addition to other, more common features such as odometer readout.
Technology is infused in nearly every aspect of the C-MAX. Available on all models is SYNC, which provides hands-free voice-command access to everything needed to keep the driver informed: a 4.2-inch LCD screen, telephone, Bluetooth audio, turn-by-turn navigation and more. SYNC3 adds even more great features, including an 8-inch central touchscreen with dual 4.2-inch screens, Wi-Fi capability and voice recognition.
The C-MAX Hybrid and Energi in SE trim come equipped with power mirrors with integrated turn signal indicators, with 17-inch aluminum wheels, power one-touch up/down windows all around, 60/40 split-fold rear seat, dual-zone climate control, SYNC voice-activated communications and entertainment system and a leather-wrapped tilt/telescopic steering wheel with audio and cruise controls. In Titanium trim, the C-MAX models include power heated mirrors, fog lamps, rain-sensing wipers, a reverse sensing system, ambient lighting, auto-dimming rearview mirror, push-button start, SYNC3, heated seats with 10-way power adjust on the driver's side, and much more.
Several packages are available on the C-MAX, including a Winter Package, Power Liftgate Package, and a Premium Audio Package. All C-MAX models benefit from seven airbags, AdvanceTrac stability control, traction control and 4-wheel anti-lock brakes.
Excellent Efficiency And Power From Both The Hybrid And The Energi Plug-in Hybrid Models
Small Car Styling With Plenty Of Interior Space
The C-MAX carries over largely unchanged for 2017, though the SEL trim has been renamed Titanium, and the C-MAX Energi now includes SE and Titanium trims.
With the C-MAX, Ford has shown it can compete with the best hybrids out there. The C-MAX is a stylish alternative to more established players like the Prius, while its combined 40 mpg fuel efficiency offers impressive mileage. Even better, after a generous federal tax credit, the Energi plug-in model is the most affordable plug-in hybrid in America, besting high-efficiency competitors such as the Chevy Volt, BMW i3 and Toyota Prius plug-in.