Drives like a tall Focus (that's a good thing); 570-mile driving range; quiet cabin; five seats; usable EV mode in real-world driving
Electric range limited to 20 miles; compromised cargo capacity; not a great value; noisy gasoline engine
Instead of being a one-trim model, the C-MAX Energi now comes in SE and Titanium trims, with a consequent restructuring of equipment availability. It's also received a mild facelift. See the 2017 Ford C-MAX models for sale near you
Working on the assumption that saving gas is all part of a bigger push to save money, the SE model with its particular Driver Assist package seems like the right balance of equipment and expenditure. Find a Ford C-MAX for sale
The 2017 Ford C-MAX Energi is offered in SE and Titanium trim levels.
The SE ($27,995) has 17-inch alloy wheels, fog lights, automatic headlights, keyless entry/start, leather upholstery, heated front seats, a 10-way power-adjustable driver's seat, dual-zone automatic climate control, a tilt-telescopic/leather-wrapped steering wheel, a rearview camera, an external 120-volt/240-volt plug with LED perimeter illumination, a 110-volt power outlet, Energi-specific EV displays, two USB ports, Bluetooth, a 6-speaker audio system and compatibility with a smartphone app that displays the Energi's vital signs remotely.
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.
The Titanium ($30,995) 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, a 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).
Other options include a fixed panoramic sunroof, door-lock touchpads and navigation.
Cargo space is something of an issue due to the lithium-ion battery pack in the trunk. The official cargo area is 19.2 cu ft. behind the back seats and 42.8 cu ft. when they're folded down. In this configuration, there's a big drop-off from the battery shelf down to the seatbacks.
|Basic||3 Years/36,000 Miles|
|Drivetrain||5 Years/60,000 Miles|
|Corrosion||5 Years/Unlimited Miles|
|Hybrid/Electric Components||8 Years/100,000 Miles|
|Roadside Assistance||5 Years/60,000 Miles|
2017 Chevrolet Volt -- A must-drive for anyone considering a plug-in hybrid, the Volt still offers the best EV range in this category.
2017 Ford C-MAX Hybrid -- It doesn't plug in or offer a pure EV mode, but the regular C-MAX Hybrid is otherwise similar, and it's more affordable.
2017 Nissan Leaf -- The all-electric Leaf could be ideal as second car for commuting, as its 107-mile range doubles that of the Volt.
2017 Toyota Prius Prime -- The new generation of this Prius plug-in hybrid variant has an EV-only range of 25 miles and achieves a phenomenal 133 MPGe.