2018 Ford C-MAX

Original MSRP Range
$24,120 - $27,275
Available Style(s)
42 - 42 MPG City / 38 - 38 MPG Hwy
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2018 Ford C-MAX

What We Like

Small on the outside; roomy on the inside; quiet and composed ride

What We Don't

Tall Euro-wagon styling won't win any beauty contests; braking ability less than ideal


Expert Rating

3.9/ 5

Consumer Rating

4.5/ 5


What's New in the 2018 Ford C-MAX?

There are no changes for this model year.

Which C-MAX is the Best?

An SE version with the relevant Driver Assist package is a good starting point, then see how the budget goes from there.

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How Much Does a 2018 Ford C-MAX Cost?

The 2018 Ford C-Max Hybrid comes in SE and Titanium trim levels.

SE ($24,995) has a 60/40 fold-down rear seat, 17-inch alloy wheels, cruise control, keyless entry, automatic headlights, dual-zone climate control, leather-wrapped tilt-telescopic steering wheel with audio controls, 10-way power-adjustable driver's seat, rearview camera, Sync voice command, Bluetooth, plus a 6-speaker audio system with an auxiliary input and a USB port.

The optional SE Comfort package brings leather seating surfaces, heated front seats, 10-way power adjustment for the front passenger seat and heated side mirrors that incorporate puddle lamps. An SE Driver Assist package has rear parking sensors, a powered tailgate and the Sync 3 infotainment system with an 8-in touchscreen.

Titanium ($28,150) has all the above as standard, then adds rain-sensing wipers, fog lights, ambient cabin lighting, push-button start/remote start, a self-dimming rearview mirror, HD radio and an upgraded 9-speaker Sony audio system.

The Driver Assist bundle for the Titanium trim features blind spot monitoring, self-parking system for parallel spaces, front parking sensors and a hands-free powered tailgate (a sensor detects foot movement, providing the key is also within range).

Among the other options are a fixed panoramic sunroof, door-unlocking keypads and navigation.

The C-Max has 52.6 cu ft. of cargo space behind the front seats, or 24.5 cu ft. behind the second row. That first figure is good; the second figure is less impressive. Handy features include underfloor storage compartments and a 110-volt power outlet.

C-MAX Trims

WagonOriginal MSRP / PriceEngineHorsepowerCity MPG / Hwy MPGTransmissionDrive
C-Max Hybrid SE FWD$24,120 / $23,035Hybrid18842 / 38Continuously Variable AutomaticFWD
C-Max Hybrid Titanium FWD$27,275 / $26,048Hybrid18842 / 38Continuously Variable AutomaticFWD
Ford C-MAX Safety

Is the 2018 Ford C-MAX a Safe Car?

The Ford C-Max Hybrid features roll stability control, which senses yaw and roll movements, modulates engine output and applies brake pressure to stabilize the vehicle. Anti-lock disc brakes and seven airbags are also standard.

In government crash tests, the C-Max Hybrid received four stars out of five overall; four stars for front impacts, five stars for side impacts. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) scores the C-Max as Good (the highest rating) in every category except the small-overlap front offset test, where it was judged Acceptable (second highest).

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Overall Rating
Rollover Rating
Side Barrier Rating
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5 Year Cost to Own

$39,640 ($0.53 per mile)

5-Year Cost to Own includes out of pocket expenses like fuel and insurance, plus the cars loss in value over time (depreciation)See Detailed Cost to Own

Original Warranty

Basic3 Years/36,000 Miles
Drivetrain5 Years/60,000 Miles
Corrosion5 Years/Unlimited Miles
Hybrid/Electric Components8 Years/100,000 Miles
Roadside Assistance5 Years/60,000 Miles

Safety Features & Equipment

Braking & Traction
  • 4-Wheel Anti-Lock Brakes
  • Brake Assist
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System
  • Traction Control
Passenger Restraint
  • Child Safety Locks
  • Driver Air Bag
  • Passenger Air Bag
  • Rear Side Curtain Airbags
  • Side Air Bag
  • Side Head Air Bag
Road Visibility
  • Daytime Running Lights
Accident Prevention
  • Bluetooth, Hands-Free
  • Rearview Camera
  • Alarm System
  • Telematics
  • Vehicle Anti-Theft System
  • Cargo Management Pkg
  • Protection Pkg
  • Protection Pkg


2018 Ford C-MAX vs the competition

2018 Toyota Prius -- The car everyone thinks of when they hear the word "hybrid." Rated at 52 mpg combined.

2018 Kia Niro Hybrid -- Spacious for a small car. Rides well. Averages 50 mpg.

2018 Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid -- A compact hatchback. Keenly priced and well-equipped. Good for 55 mpg combined.

Used Lexus CT 200h -- A compact hatchback with a more luxurious vibe, the CT 200h has been discontinued for 2018. Look for a certified pre-owned (CPO) version.

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