Car Review: Brand new to the hybrid market, the 2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid

The 2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid can stand proud among its competition. Photo: 2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid Photos by Russell Dandridge

DALLAS, July 8, 2013 — The 2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid is not only a cute little compact crossover option, but it can also be seriously considered by consumers looking for a wagon or minivan, but with the hybrid element added.

The latest hybrid to take the streets.

The latest hybrid to take the streets.

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Pluses include the excellent gas mileage and even better, the 2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid is an all-new model in the Ford family this year.

Competition for this one includes the Honda CR-V, the Volkswagen Jetta TDI, the Mazda 5, and even the Toyota Prius V.

With two trim levels available, the SE and SEL, there is also a plug-in hybrid version of this vehicle called the Energi that is also worth a look too.

On the SE trim you get 17-inch alloy wheels, power accessories, blind-spot mirrors, cruise control, dual-zone automatic climate control, a height-adjustable driver seat, and Ford’s Sync voice-activated electronics interface that also gives you Bluetooth phone connectivity.

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For add-ons to the SE trim, there is a Power Liftgate and Rear Park Aid package that will give you rear parking sensors, ambient lighting and a power liftgate. There is also the additional option to include the MyFord Touch electronics interface and you can also add a navigation system.

The Winter package add-on includes heated seats and mirrors with side indicators and puddle lamps.

Taking the trim on the SEL you get all the add-on packages standard except the power liftgate and navigation system. Also included on the SEL are fog lamps, automatic wipers, keyless ignition/entry, eight-way power driver seat with two-way lumbar adjustment, leather upholstery, and auto-dimming mirror.

For the SEL, there is the Premium Audio and Navigation package add-on with a navigation system and nine-speakers as well as a Hands-Free Technology package with a rearview camera and power liftgate. The nice thing here is that you can open the liftgate by swiping your foot under the bumper.

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If you want the Parking Technology package you have to opt for the Premium Audio and Navigation package as well as the Hands-Free Technology package on the SEL and then added on are front parking sensors and an automatic parallel parking system.

You can have either trim level with a panoramic sunroof and remote ignition.

Under the hood the 2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid has a 2.0-liter four-cylinder with 141 horsepower and 121 pound-feet of torque. And there is an electric motor with a lithium-ion battery pack. Together this will crank out 188 horsepower with a CVT transmission.

For safety, the C-Max Hybrid has antilock disc brakes, traction and stability control, front side, full-length side curtain, and a driver knee airbag. There is also as standard the 911 Assist, MyKey, which lets owners set a certain speed and stereo volume if teens are driving, parking sensors and a rearview camera.

Good materials create a pleasing interior cabin in the C-Max Hybrid along with a pleasing design and sturdy construction, but some knobs and dials are not placed as easy to use as in the competition. Fans and critics of the MyFord Touch interface still hold out for a more intuitive means of controlling the car’s many options.

The C-Max’s cargo size is reduced because of the battery pack underneath the floor of the cargo area, giving space in the rear only about 24.5 cubic feet behind the rear seats. If you lower the rear seats, you will get 52.6 cubic feet of space. Otherwise, there’s lots of legroom and headroom even for adult passengers.

For driving, there is not much good to argue here as the Ford 2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid takes the road like a European cousin with handling and the overall ride is a great and inexpensive way to take the road.

Should You Need to Know: There are many pluses on the Ford 2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid, including great gas mileage and quick acceleration as well as a list of goodies that come standard.

Miles Per Gallon: The Ford 2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid will come in approximately around 50 miles per gallon overall.

Cost: For the SE Ford 2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid look at $25,000 and the SEL around $28,000.

Rita Cook  is a member of the Texas Auto Writers Association and can be followed on Twitter at @ritacook13.  She is also a 15-year veteran journalist and author, her latest book from History Press  is about Prohibition-Era cocktails in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. 

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Rita Cook is a writer/editor with over 1000 articles to her credit in the past 10-plus years. She is the co-host of a radio show in Los Angeles; Insider Mag Radio at KPRO 1570 am and is on from midnight to 12:30 a.m. Monday mornings.  Cook is a member of the Texas Auto Writer’s Association and also writes an eco-friendly column for the Dallas Morning News.


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