2013 Ford C-MAX Wagon
Benefits of Driving a 2013 Ford C-MAX Wagon
With the all-new C-MAX, Ford has given the hybrid world a shot in the arm. The C-MAX is a stylish alternative to more established players like the Prius, and its combined 47 mpg fuel efficiency will take you far. 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, Nissan Leaf and Toyota Prius plug-in.
What's new for 2013?
The Ford C-MAX is an all-new model for 2013. The 5-passenger car is offered only as a hybrid, either as a typical gas-electric hybrid in SE and SEL models or as a plug-in gas-electric hybrid in the Energi model. All C-MAXs utilize a 2.0L inline-4-cylinder Atkinson engine, along with an electric motor powered by a lithium-ion battery, which together produce 188 total horsepower. A continuously variable transmission is employed to help maximize efficiency, and the EPA estimates 47 mpg in both the city and out on the highway for the C-MAX hybrid. Meanwhile the C-MAX Energi promises a 95 mpg equivalent with its combined gas and electric mode. With seating for five, generous standard and available options and pricing that starts at $25,200, the new C-MAX is a bold and value-laden addition to the Ford lineup.
- Excellent efficiency and power from both the hybrid and the Energi plug-in hybrid models
- small car styling with lots of interior space
- competitive pricing
The new C-MAX redefines Ford's endeavor in the world of hybrids. Two models in three trims are offered: the Hybrid SE and SEL, as well as the plug-in Energi. All are powered by a 2.0L inline-4 Atkinson engine with an electric motor, which total 188 total system horsepower. The difference in the Energi is its battery. That car utilizes a 7.5kWh Lithium-ion battery (vs. a 1.4Wh cell in the regular Hybrid). This means it, too, can power the car, without any gas engine assistance, for a range of up to 20 miles. And whereas the Hybrid's smaller battery is recharged solely by the use of the gasoline engine, the Energi's battery can be plugged into either a 120- or 240-volt outlet, for a total charge time of either 7 or 2.5 hours, depending upon the outlet. A 240-volt Leviton charging station can be purchased separately. 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 47 mpg, while Ford claims the Energi can deliver a 95 mpg equivalent.