Ford C-MAX

Ford c-max 

2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid Overview

Price Range: $25,200 to $28,365 


Ford expands its line of hybrid, fuel-efficient vehicles for 2013 with the new C-Max Hybrid. This spacious five-seat hatchback offers plenty of room for passengers and cargo, with impressive fuel economy numbers sure to appeal to the family car shopper looking for a functional, eco-friendly ride.

There arenít many options out there for shoppers looking for a family friendly hybrid so the C-Max Hybrid is a welcome addition to a growing segment. The only other real competitor is the Toyota Prius v, which costs about $1,000 more.

The front-wheel drive C-Max Hybrid relies on a hybrid system consisting of a 2.0-liter, inline four-cylinder engine and an electric motor/lithium-ion hybrid battery, which combine to output 188 horsepower. The electric motor is capable of producing top speeds of 62 mph on its own and the gas engine provides the main source of power, delivering bursts of speed when needed for passing or merging. The electronically controlled continuously variable transmission (CVT) maximizes efficiency, while an EcoGuide gauge on the dashboard provides information about driving habits, and provides coaching to better maximize fuel economy through modified driving habits.

The C-Max Hybrid boasts impressive fuel economy ratings, pulling in 47 mpg for city driving and matches that performance on the highway, also rated at 47 mpg. This means 47 combined mpg which outpaces the Prius v by 5 combined mpg (42.2).

Standard features for the C-Max Hybrid include cloth seats and adjustable headrests for front and rear passengers. A dual-zone automatic climate control system and cruise control are included, as are a leather-wrapped shift knob and steering wheel with audio controls. The audio system features speed sensitive volume, and comes with an audio input jack and USB interface. The SYNC system provides voice-activated controls for both hands-free calling and entertainment. Available packages include SiriusXM satellite radio and an onboard navigation system. Heated cloth or leather seat upgrades are also available.

A sloping roof and squared rear end define the C-Max Hybrid exterior, with two front grilles and angular headlights shaping the front end for a dramatic look, similar to what is found on the Ford Fiesta. Exterior packages offer a panoramic sunroof, power liftgate, rear park assist, and a reverse sensing system. A winter package offers heated power mirrors with side indicators for colder climates.

Safety features include dual-stage front airbags, front-seat side-impact airbags, a driverís knee airbag, and side-curtain airbags. The 2013 C-Max Hybrid is equipped with front and rear disc brakes with emergency brake assist and antilock braking, electronic stability control and traction control. Fordís MyKey system is included, which provides peace of mind for parents of teen drivers, allowing them to set driving controls such as maximum speed and audio volume settings, and provides safety reminder alerts to help reinforce good safety habits for young drivers.

The 2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid provides a strong choice for drivers looking for a family car, with one eye on eco-friendly driving. With a competitive base price and excellent fuel economy ratings, the C-Max Hybrid promises to have a dramatic impact on the wallet as well as on the road.