2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid
There are 20 user reviews for the SEL trim shown below
- It really scoots compared to a Prius. Better looking, too. Huge legroom. Quiet for a small car.
- Seats are firm, but should break in. It should really be less portly (300 lbs. more than Prius V.)
Purchased As New
I have a loaded SEL, with Ruby Red paint (gorgeous, everyone likes it, and it seems to change color depending on whether it's sunny or cloudy!), navigation, heated seats, and the panoramic glass roof; in fact, everything but the auto-park feature! I drive 25K miles yearly, so I want creature comforts.
Note that the panoramic glass roof does NOT open. It does give the car a larger feel; it covers all of the seats, and has an electric sunshade if it's too bright for you.
The sheer number of levels of control on the touch screen is daunting, and the manual doesn't exactly match (the manual was finished a few months before the C-MAX went on sale.) I did find that the voice control, something I was essentially going to ignore, works wonderfully to navigate all of the screens (tell it "I'm hungry" and it will find you a restaurant). It will take a while to learn the system, and some reviews have cursed it, but I find it no more or less confusing than any other complex piece of consumer electronics.
Mileage so far (with only a few hundred miles on the car) is at 44 mpg, mostly city driving. I expect it to go up as the engine and drivetrain break in (and expect a drop as the "winter blend" fuels are rolled out.) Note that some testers have complained about getting only 35-40 mpg; I question their driving habits! My mid-sized six-cylinder Subaru Tribeca SUV averaged 18.9 mpg, so I've more than doubled that!
The seating room for four adult passengers is more than adequate; five may be a bit of a squeeze for anything other than short trips. The heated front seats are very upright, great for those of us with bad knees, and have a dial control to get just the right temperature. The cargo area, with the back seats up, is adequate, but smaller than a Prius V (and larger than a Prius.) The back seats fold flat if you've a large item to haul.
The visibility through the huge windshield is awesome, and a backup camera helps in reverse. Little wide-angle mirrors are cleverly built into the door mirrors.
I have the automatic liftgate - wiggle your foot under the rear bumper to have it open and raise. Not a gimmick, I use it every time I load something.
It's made in the USA, for those who track these things!
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