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2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid SE 4dr Wagon (2.0L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT) SE 4dr Wagon (2.0L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT)
I loved this car at first But now it has locked me out and won't start I got over it the first and second time but now we are on the eighth time Every time I have taken it to the ford dealer i bought it from(this is the third time) they give me a different reason and say it is fixed after they are done They even said it was my remote start i had put in even thought it did it twice before I put the starter in They told me i had to remove it cost $177.00 Oh and that remote start cost $650.00 to put in But I live in the country we have a lot of hills I am trying to get rid of the car because I have a two year old and need something that is reliable
Drives nice I've gotten 45 max mpg In the winter I get 30-35 In the summer I get 40-44
MAKE IT RELIABLE More affordable
2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid SE 4dr Wagon (2.0L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT) SE 4dr Wagon (2.0L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT)
For most people it's not a 47 MPG car, but the fact is a great 42-43 MPG car. (My lifetime MPG peaked at 45 in October but is going down with colder weather.) Myfordtouch is fun to play with even though the speech recognition is a bit dodgy at times. The car performs much better than the Prius and is roomy for 4 adults. It doesn't really NEED a backup cam in that visibility in the back is better than a prius even without a cam, but a cam would be nice. Mine has the rear sonar which is useful, but a camera would be better. My only problem has been a tire pressure warning system light that won't go off withotu a dealer re, but that's not unique to the CMAX, that's a standard Ford part.
MPG quietness Fun-to-drive for max mpg Performance Room Gadgets (including MyFordTouch) Heated cloth seats Union-made in USA build quality
Longer, for more cargo room back-up camera OBDII display on MyFordTouch Replicate left mini-display options on right side Blue Candy paint (for which I paid extra) could be more chip resistant. More bright color options Better sound in stereo Pandora keep working on the bluetooth phone connection
2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid SE 4dr Wagon (2.0L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT) SEL 4dr Wagon (2.0L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT)
I have had the C-Max for 2 and 1/2 months and 4,500 miles. This is the vehicle I have been looking for for more than 10 years. It has the large enough interior, high seating position, high roof line, ease of entry, and good handling and mileage of a very small car. It is a pleasure to drive and I am getting 38 to 45 mpg depending on wind direction and my speed. I have achieved over 50 on a few occasions but average in the lower 40's. At 65 to 70, it is around 38 to 40. The power train is so smooth, and on the interstate going 65+ and needing to pass, I was shocked at how quickly it zoomed up to 80! I am averaging 10 mpg more than my good mileage Pontiac G6.
Roomy, stylish, upscale interior, great mileage, comfortable, handling, expansive view in front, backup camera, foot controlled lift gate, eco cruise control, dash display options, automatic climate control, ease of entry and exit, high sitting position and head room, not needing the gasoline engine for short trips around town, regenerative braking and coasting, automatic windshield wipers, voice activation of most controls.
ability to display oil life remaining, slightly longer to give more rear storage for families, a bit softer ride, higher roof line at the rear of the vehicle. easier access to the 12v battery
2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid SE 4dr Wagon (2.0L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT) SEL 4dr Wagon (2.0L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT)
The engine had crazy noise, dealer said it is normal. The door chime is not there, now after 7 weeks, the transmission failed. Ford not only lied about the mpg, they did not even test it, they just decide to put a number there, but they have the audacity to insult Hyundai when NHTSA fined Hyundai, yet Obama government did not even investigate Ford's lie. Asked Ford ex-employee, told Ford demand the orginal transmission maker to reveal their trade secret to Ford and Visteon, then both companies compete for Ford's business, of course original supplier was angry, possibly provided low-quality parts to Ford. Ford should just go out of business!
Go out of business because you simply create pure junk!
2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid SE 4dr Wagon (2.0L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT) SEL 4dr Wagon (2.0L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT)
I hate the design of the wheels. Ford could better on the wheel choice and replace the bar grill with something more sporty. But...... Ford needs to change the bolt pattern to match the Mustang. I think the car is great; I love the seats, and the sitting position. I want these seat in my 2012 Focus. My C-mac is used in business - sometimes 100 miles per day, bought in Sept 12, it has 24K miles on it. Daily mileage is 43-45. Road trip - milesage under 60 is 44 mpg; over 65 38 mpg. The location of the air filter sucks - it took 41 minutes to change it and I had to remove that large piece of plastic. If you don't know cars, you have to take it to the dealer.
Seats, seats, seats!
Better (faany-er looking) 5 spoke wheels - like the Fusion and Focus Titianium; sporty grill - not the frumpy one with the bars!
2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid SE 4dr Wagon (2.0L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT) SE 4dr Wagon (2.0L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT)
I got my C-Max a couple of months ago. I absolutely LOVE it. It is fun to drive, zippy when you need it, fantastic gas milage. I get 44 mpg routinely with the AC on and that is exactly what my 2004 Civic Hybrid got (also a great car). But I tend to have a lead foot with take offs. My husband can get milage in the high 50-mid 60s around town and 47 on the highway. Because I could not stand to let him win, I smoothed out my quick starts and also get 46mpgs. The car is comfortable to drive and ride as a passenger. Plenty of space for passengers in the back or to haul around stuff. It is really a great car.
Milage and comfort.
The mid console is too deep but that seems to be the trend in many cars right now.
Just purchased my C Max from Chaparral Ford in Devine TX. Have been thinking about replacing my 2005 Ford Five Hundred with 148,000 miles. I also have a 2013 Taurus Limited, so wanted a run around car. When I got the car it had about 150 or so miles on it. The dealer filled it up and I drove almost 500 miles. On the first fill-up I got 41.3 MPG. I was satisfied with that. Then I came on here and read some of the mileage figures and was surprised to see some of the low figures. I began to wonder in my mind. However on this my first fill-up I am getting between 46 and 47 with it reading 46.7 right now. I am leaving next week for Maryland, a 1800 miles trip. Will report when I return
So far I am completely satisfied with the total car, the Nav and automatic lift gate are great.
None and I can say I am a very picky person.
I have had my car for 2 1/2 months, have about 2500 miles, live in hilly urban area (Bay Area east of the big hills), and so far (and it's not hit its maximum efficiency yet) my Lifetime average is 43.4 mpg. Yesterday, I drove about 10 miles along the hilly streets and got 53 mpg average on that trip. I've driven along the coast for 4 hours and got 55 mpg. Sometimes I got up to 60. Nice, nice! But it all depends on how you drive it. I have a lead foot, so I've had to retrain myself to drive more peacefully. Once you get the hang of how to drive it, the C-Max does beautifully, switching to gas mode when the battery is low or if you are going up hills, going back to EV mode seamlessly.
Comfort, ability to go up to 85 mph in EV mode, hands-free phone with controls on the steering wheel, Bluetooth audio, and with a $5 mo service, USB audio that allows you to pick songs, albums, artists, playlists and will show you on the screen (I do not have Touch free so the screen is smaller, but it works just fine!), and with the Destinations app downloaded onto my iphone, and plugged into the USB and/or earphone plug, I can get directions that will also show up on the screen. Cargo space is adequate for everyday, trips, and can be enlarged by putting down the back seats to accommodate lots more. Love the various controls, screens, etc. Read your manual! It's very informative!!
Could be an inch or two wider for shoulder room (according to friends who are 6 ft tall), but other than that, it's great!
1250 miles on my C-Max SEL (not Energi) and I just filled up the second time, so that works out to 600+ per tank. So far love it. Driving mixed between city & highway.
Visibility, comfort, MPG
EV+ mode should be driver selectable, I should be able to say when I want it to run only on battery regardless of load.
Traded in my 2011 Ford Fiesta SE Hatchback 7/31 and with just over a month of driving and less then 1000 miles, I`m only averaging 34 mpg City & Highway. I`m careful (not) to accelerate quickly and coast when possible and avoid lots of unnecessary braking still can`t get over 34 mpg. The Vehicle is very comfortable, peppy, and if I can eventually improve on the Fuel Economy numbers, I`ll be very happy. Got spoiled with the smaller fuel sipping Fiesta which (always) delivered 33-35 mpg city and 41-43 mpg highway from day one.
Excellent styling both interior and exterior, plenty of legroom and headroom. Lots of power if you need to accelerate unto a highway.
Rear View Camera should be standard equipment regardless of Trim Level. MFT and SYNC needs more more control knobs and less finger touch operation. Too many button options on Steering Wheel! Daytime Running Lights should be an option if not standard equipment for (other) then Fleet Purchase.
First, after 6 months of driving my C-Max, I can safely say that it's one of the best cars I've owned, in quality, fuel efficiency, and features. Ride is smooth, and there's power when you want and need it. People used to driving Prius and other brand hybrids WILL NEED TO ADAPT, because the C-Max behaves very differently, and makes different choices than other hybrids. Once we learned how to drive it, we're averaging 37-45mpg, which is actually higher than we expected (nobody expects to actually make the "published mileage" because we don't drive in computer controlled conditions. Turn off the climate control, open the windows, and we get over 50mpg! Ignore the naysayers!
Heated seats (be careful, set them on high and you burn your butt ;) Navigation (nicely integrated with phone) Driver Dash (configurable and easy on the eyes) Electrically operated rear hatch (Super convenient, with the Hands Free kick-to-open feature!) Backup camera is superb! (tracks show where you'll end up based on steering wheel position!)
Fog lights do not remember their setting when the headlights go off and back on. Rear window "shade" Automatic windshield wipers not configurable for rear wiper.
I bought the car in mid-July before the software update was available and for the first 2 weeks I averaged 40 mpg. In order to achieve this fuel efficiency, I simply followed the information and tips in the ownerÂs manual (see page 186), but these tips are also readily available online. After the software update and continued breaking in of the engine, my gas mileage improved and I am now averaging over 45 mpg! Since I am a school teacher and just now starting to commute every weekday, this was part of the reason for the increase, but I still anticipate the fuel efficiency to climb as I log more highway miles after Labor Day, and commuting mpg is regularly over 50 MPG. My record is 64 MPG!
After 10 yrs dreaming about a Prius, I could not fall in love with one when it came to my next car purchase. It was boring and it had no power unless I reached down and pressed the "Eco-Boost button to merge or pass. While this was okay during the short test drive, it quickly became tedious when I took the car home for an extended time. The other feature I really like about the C-Max, not including all of the bells and whistles of the interior and the panoramic moon roof option, is that it is taller than other passenger cars. This means I not only sit higher up on the road, something I was used to in my SUV, but I can also fit taller items in the back such as a full size dog crate or bike.
One complaint is there are no ÂfunÂ color options. I settled for the Platinum White, but would have loved some of the colors that are available in Europe or even in other Ford lines. A few more nooks and crannies to store items such as cell phones would have been nice in the front seat area. I wanted a hybrid with an attitude and cargo space and I fell in love with the Ford C-Max. With the C-Max, I can drive more conservatively and achieve excellent fuel efficiency, but when I want more power I simply press harder on the gas pedal without having to reach down and press an ÂEco BoostÂ button.
After reading these reviews, i thought i would post my experience with the C-Max SE. A few weeks ago, my wife and purchased TWO C-max Hybrids SE's and our different driving styles render different MPG. All of our driving is on flat roads, rangeing from residential to rural highway. My particula driving style is slow and easy and I am doing my best to learn to drive the C-Max for ECO purposes. My wife is 14 years younger than me and drive differently. Me personally, i refuse to use the A/C unless i need to and she has to because we have an infant. I'm getting 45.8 MPG, She gets 39.2 MPG.
Based on this I believe that people with aheavy foot will experience lower milages. If you are light on the accerlator pedal you will achieve the desired results. The car will run on all electric up to 59 MPH, or since this is hat I have achieved. Also, if the battery is fully charged and you set the cruise at 59 an below, it will switch to electric only. Again this is my experience.
This is a brand new car line and some issues will be expected. Even the Mazda, the Prius and the volt have experienced bugs their first year. My advice is for folks to quit whining because the grass isnt greener. Folks don't consider that the C-Max has many driving capabilities that neither the prius, the volt or mazda offer like regenerative breaking, Hybrid drive(Combined electric and Gas) up to 75MPH. Plus in the C-max, the gas engibe always only runs at idle until you really step on it.
Before I purchased my C-Max I read the online reviews. I continue to do this and am surprised that most posters complain that they don't get the 'advertised' mileage. Well I felt compelled to write. This car teaches you how to change your driving habits to actually get the 47mpg . If you pay enough attention to it and learn to use the gauges (complicated) you will get the 47mpg. In my case , I've become obsessive and actually get better mileage. Actual mileage also depends on the terrain where you live. Hill country gets less then the flats of the mid-west. But I live in New England so .... Also , if you use the heat/ac it will cost you 1 mpg. Extremely happy with my purchase. !!!
I like the new materials that Ford came up with for the seats. It repels everything and breathes. The seats in the base model are not electric but move easily in every direction. The headrests on the back seat fold down with the push of a button to enable the rear compartment to be for cargo. My former vehicle , the headreast had to be manually removed first. C-Max is very roomy. Even my 6ft + friends are surprised how comfortable they feel in it.
Even in the base model there is a lot of technology and bells and whistles. I only learned the functions that I had a need to use. Some are still left not learned or used. I'm sure that a younger person would have a blast with them all. The icons and words on the buttons on the dash are a bit small. The placement of the items in the panel with the radio, heat , etc could be improved .
After only 10 months, I traded it in for a Prius. Why? The NHTSA recall for the interior crash protection problem was the final straw. The fact I never got more than 37mpg, the fact that the multiple build quality issues were never fully resolved, and the fact that the dealer kept denying problems were all reasons I did this. And trading this in didn't come cheaply - took a $4000 hit on the trade. The dealer was quick to point out the recall. I loved driving the car. The only driving complaint was the turning radius seemed large for the size car. That is after you get used to the constant noises. Strut plate, creaking frame, etc. Very annoying.
I loved the sound deadening system. That worked flawlessly. I liked not having to stoop down to get into the car. I liked the way it drives.
Ford needs to make this a top safety pick at the IIHS and a 5 star car over at the NHTSA. In addition, they need to address the many build quality problems. And lastly they need to be honest about the MPG you will receive vs. what it is rated at. I achieved no more than 37mpg and even less in winter. And this is after driving it very prudently.
After less than 3000 miles we had problems with the "entertainment system" and the air conditioning. The repairs took 10 days, the AC compressor had to be replaced. Took it in for servicing after 5000 miles, including 2 recalls it had. After 500 more miles we had electronic problems again. The external sensors died, the entertainment went out again. The AC made more noise than usual. We are thinking we have bought a lemon! We like the way it drives and are satisfied with 40 mpg, and the comfort is good, but we can't trust it. We may have to use the "lemon law". It's back in the shop today.
Comfortable, rides well.
Get rid of the electronic system that controls everything.
You'll receive 80% of what you've paid for. Does not go over 25 mph from stop to gas engine engage. Use the heater and lights and mpg goes to around 27 at 60 mph with cruise. Summer with air conditioning gets 35 mpg in town if you're lucky. Colder, higher country (Idaho, Montana, etc) doesn't carry CMax on their lots. Lots of gleeming claims on various sites, maybe a lot of marketing sending spam? I've spoken with other actual owners and they report the same problems. I have over 4,000 miles & been in twice for "updates" on system, maybe now my clock will keep better time and my smart phone will sync up every time - but I'm not holding my breath.
The vehicle is easier than most to get into and out of. The ride is comfortable and fairly low in road noise.
There appears to be a lot of wasted effort put into leaves, heater/air conditioner settings and compass. Where are the readouts for outside tempeture? Why no main menu for all dashboard readouts, maybe with picture examples? If you can actually get 47 mpg as advertised, why don't you allow the consumer to see manufacturers' instructions on how to achieve that mileage prior to purchase? Why don't you go ahead and change the name to Pinto Hybrid now - you gotta know it's coming.
The car handles beautifully, both in acceleration & braking; it's very solid feeling, responsive, and very energy efficient. After 2 days of owning it, it's already giving me an average of 46.5 mpg . I can also put the car in cruise control on the highway and set it for 63 for EV energy only. I was thrown at first by how much the gas kicked in because of the hilly terrain where I live, but after learning more about how it works, that no longer bothers me because it's supposed to do that; considering the mileage I've gotten already, it can only get better when it hits 1000-3000 where they say the hybrid feature gets really good!
Great gas mileage, comfort, very solid feeling, easy to use, great hands-free phone, sound quality, cellphone sync for music/phone, response for acceleration/ease of braking. I'm a large woman, but it's still very comfortable, sits up high for easy getting in and out of the car, and has plenty of space for this 68 yr old woman. Also, 2 men 5'11" and 6'1" fit comfortably in front and back, with at least 5" headroom to spare. The console is easy to use once you know the system (like anything new, there's s learning curve). I don't have the Touch model, but the basic car is enough, & with the $60yr Sync Service, I can also get weather, directions, sports, news, beyond the phone & music.
Nothing right now.
Don't be put off by the negative reviews. The C-MAX really does get the advertised mileage. It's a very comfortable ride and fun to drive. The car has about 4500 miles on it, and I'm getting 52-53 MPG. The mileage does improve over the first 3000 miles! At 1000 miles the MPG was 43-44, at 2000 miles it was 46-47, and at 3000 miles it 49-50. If you follow the recommendations in the manual you should get the advertised 47 MPG: go gradually on the acceleration and stay around the speed limit. The key for good MPGs is to maximize travel in EV mode. Heavy acceleration and speeding keeps the hybrid in gas engine mode, and the MPGs drops rapidly: back off the accelerator to stay in EV mode.
I also own a 3rd gen Prius. I so I really appreciate the much improved cabin visibility, lower road noise, larger cargo space, and comfort provided by the C-MAX. The also added power and acceleration when you need it. As a result. It never feels like it struggles when going up a hill. To improve your gas mileage use the Engage display mode, and customize by adding the battery display. Engage mode lets you clear see when you in EV mode versus gas engine mode. You can improve MPG by breaking slowly when stopping. The regenerative breaking helps to charge the battery without using the gas engine along with coasting at times.
The only complaint I have with the C-MAX is the limitation on EV mode at 62-63 MPH. I don't mind driving at 62 mph to get better MPG, but on a longer trip, it would be great if Ford could extend the range of EV mode to the upper 60's or to 70 MPH.
Purchased our CMax yesterday. Average MPG now 42.7 with less than 200 miles on it. Very happy. Ride, fit, finish, technology, fantastic. What a marvel of technology.
To new to judge. Still learning all the features and capabilities.
I find nothing wrong at this time.
I just got my Ford CMax and couldn't be happier. While I only have 500 miles on the car, I'm very impressed with the gas mileage (with the a/c on no less) - getting 47.6 mpg right now. I was a little worried about the reviews of the Ford My Touch but find it pretty straight forward to use. The fit and finish in my car is top notch - no issues identified. I am a big fan of some of the comfort/appearance items on my SEL - ambient lighting, keyless start, auto lift gate. I would also recommend the skylite - really brightens the car.
skylite, ambient lighting, voice commands, auto tail gate, power seat
power front passenger seat, small bins/recesses for coins and other car stuff
This car exceeds expectations in almost every way. I live in Los Angeles, which presents perfect driving conditions for hybrid owners (the only benefit of LA's traffic). In my last two "trips", I got 42.5 mpg (on a 300 mile trip) and 45 mpg (most current). The handling is fantastic and the car, especially compared to other hybrids, has guts and great handling. The visibility/sight lines, as other reviewers have pointed out, are incredible. Even though I am over 6'3", I still have several inches of head room, the seat is relatively high (car is easy to get in/out of). There plenty of room for three adults in the second row. MyFord Touch is great after a period of acclimation.
The "braking coach," the mileage, the handling, the acceleration (relative to other hybrids), the interior room, the lines of sight, the drive is quiet, transition between gas and electric is almost not noticeable, the MyFord Touch electric motor/gas engine indicator is excellent.
Voice recognition should be quicker and less hierarchical. I don't want to have to have a top-down menu of possible commands memorized to be able to use it. My only critique of the car is that the voice recognition is a weakness right now when in fact it could and should be a strength.
Researched long and hard, test drove Prius V, Mazda CX-5, and C-Max to replace '03 Highlander (great car by the way).Liked the room behind the second row in the V and CX-5 and the driveability of the CX-5. Liked the mileage (knew it didn't get 47/47/47), acceleration, handling, quietness, and accommodations in the C-Max. I have put about 1500 miles on the car so far and am getting about 43 mpg overall. Having fun playing the hybrid game! Much of my driving is in town or two lane rural highway. The mileage does suffer if you go over 65 mph. Diesel is probably the way to go if you want great interstate mileage.
The car handles well and has good acceleration. The mpg, while not EPA numbers, is very good. Its a quiet and comfortable car with good passenger accommodations and the visibility from the drivers seat is very good. The electronics, foot operated lift gate, backup monitor, MFT, etc. are all beneficial and kind of fun. You research this car before and after you buy it! There is a service bulletin out for the hatch and it cured the hit or miss problem.
I knew what I was getting and am very satisfied but... more space behind the second seat and a little more width back there would be nice (so a set of golf clubs would fit in without taking out the driver). It would also be nice if Ford or Thule or someone would make bicycle hauling more convenient inside or outside the car. Ford has done great at putting together a hybrid that gets excellent mileage when driven 55-60mph the next step would be 45 mpg at 65-75 mph.
I haved owned 2 priuses and wanted to try something new and the 47/47 on the sticker was close to what I was getting on the prius. After buying am only getting 37 mpg. Would give the car pluses on design, is fun to drive and comfortable but the 47/47 is a lie..not happening and the prius never failed to get near that. Oh well..lesson learned.
Driven car 5,000 miles in three months. Gas mileage averages 42 mpg; 44 mpg on local streets & highways in hilly northeast OH; and 38 mpg on interstates at 70-75 mph. Similar mileage in Adirondack Mountains of NY. Compared C-Max with Prius V when making purchase. Prius has more cargo space, but otherwise can't compare. C-Max design, gas mileage, driving comfort, fit & finish, noise levels, enjoyability, sight expanse are all superior. Pick-up entering traffic is excellent. MyFord Sync is finicky, but learnable. Entertainment, climate use are excellent. Phone sync is poor with many mistaken dialing command responses. Navigation is a disaster with inability to find many destinations.
Feel of car when driving; quickness of acceleration; gas mileage; comfort & quietness; heated seats on a cold morning; parking assist is accurate and wonderful; eco driving tutoring icons are helpful.
Brakes are sensitive and easily grab. Hands-free lift gate inconsistent in responding and sometimes releases but does not actually open. Navigation is a disaster with destinations often not found or confused, and vehicle tracking frequently off the road on screen map causing constant corrections and interruptions which are completely unnecessary. (As a result, we keep the audio directions off because they are usually incorrect and not-to-be-trusted.) More rear cargo space exceeding the Prius V would be welcomed. Front sensors that automatically slow the car in cruise control when another driver cuts in front of you or you approach a slower moving vehicle on the highway.
The C-Max has great interior design, a good sound system, handles well and seems roomy, but there are nagging problems that drag down the car. Like another reviewer, my clock just randomly changes time. The car also randomly starts itself which is a little disconcerting. The cruise control does not throttle back when going downhill so on a long, steep hill you can end up going 20 - 25 MPH over the speed you set. I think that is a dangerous defect, although not sure if I just have a defective cruise control or this is a problem with all C-Max cruise controls.
Ford needs to step up to the plate and fix the defects in this car. We all trusted Ford when we bought the C-Max that it would work properly. Time for Ford to do right by their customers.
This is a great car. We enjoy driving very much. The milage has been great. According to the on board computer we are getting just under 47 MPG. However when we manually calculate we are getting 49 MPG (mostly city driving). The car handles well and rides well. We are very pleased at this point. The only thing I can say bad about it at this point is the sync system doesn't work well. It will recognize my wifes voice but it will not recognize mine. We need to stop back at the dealer to see if they have any suggestions. I would definitely recommend this car to anyone who is interested in a hybrid.
I purchased by C Max on Halloween 2012 and I now have over 15, 000 miles on it. My lifetime average mpg is 44.2, a combination of city and 55mph driving. Admittedly the mileage plummets if I should venture onto the freeway at 65mph+. The mileage improved with warmer weather. Absolutely love driving the car!
Peppy and fun to drive.
I have now owned a 2013 Ford C-Max for exactly 3 months, and I am not at all happy with my purchase. Like most C-Max owners, I only get 34-35 mpg. I drive a combination of regular roads and highway roads. My main concern with the car isn't the substantially lower than advertised mpg, but rather the fact that I have now had to have Ford Roadside Assistance come and jump my car on 4 different occasions, plus had my friends jump it once. I have brought it in multiple times for service, to two different Ford dealerships. Each time, getting the same answer: "There's nothing wrong with your battery, and we did the latest update. That should fix the problem." And yet still no solution.
I just want a car that starts all of the time, not some of the time. And one that gets 40 mpgs like what is advertised.
I thumbed through a lot of the reviews on Edmunds.com and it seems like we are experiencing a lot of the same things. We ordered our CMax with dreams of high MPG and ruled out a Mazda CX5 solely because of it. Had I known we'd be averaging low-to-mid 30's overall I think I would have bought the Mazda instead. We follow all of the recommended driving behaviors but the fact is "highway" really means 70+ MPH (not 60 when EPA standards were written) and some of the nation (even Dearborn, MI) has cold weather. We will be happy if we can get it to about 40 mpg now that we are past the legendary 500 mile "break in period".
We love the utility of the interior space. We can put people, hockey gear, our dog, and have room to spare! We love the various feedback graphics to help maximize EV mode. We enjoy the MyTouch Sync (when its working properly) for entertainment and maps. We had a few heads turn when we first bought the car so the attention is cool.
Tell the truth about mileage. Fix the erratic MyTouch Sync issues. It seems as though my body panels aren't aligned properly. - I'll have to look at other CMax's to see if this is a model issue.
We purchased this car about a month ago and we purchased it because Kelowna Ford had huge banners in the windshield of the car claiming that is got 71 MPG in the city and 69 MPG on the highway and the best we have ever gotten out of it was 40.5 MPG while driving the car very easily and gently, a far cry from 71 MPG. Even in Ford Canada's brochure on the front page they claim that the car gets 71 in the city and 69 on the highway which is a bold face lie. How much more of this crap and outright lies and deceptions are we supposed to put up with from the Kelowna Fords and the Ford Canada's of this world before we say ' enough is en
Fun to drive, lots of room inside, foot activated lift gate, automatic rain control wipers, lots of gauges and displays to watch and grade your driving by
Really stupid where the outside temperature display is located and the small size of it Only allow Ford dealers that know the meaning of the word 'truth' to sell this car!
We purchased a C-MAX after be mesmerized by the idea of 47mpg. Sure we were giving up some room but the trade off was to much to overlook. After owning the C-Max we averaged 37 mpg with 14k miles of constant monitoring of driving habits and fuel use. Ford has stretched the truth and lied to those that purchased this vehicle. For this they should be punished. Sold the C-max and bought a Dodge. I shall never buy another Ford because they can not be trusted. Sure I know all of the disclaimers but 47 city and 47 highway means you should be fairly close to 47 if you keep your foot out of it. YOU WILL ONLY ACHIEVE 47 MPG IF YOU DRIVE MOSTLY CITY DRIVING. THE HIGHWAY WILL KILL YOUR MPG.
Nothing, it was all about the fuel economy and that was less than advertised.
Absolutely loved my C-Max at the beginning. Solid, great handling and lots of power compared to my earlier Prius. Perfectly satisfied with the 39 MPG as well given my lead foot. My only concern from the start was reliability. Now at 15,000 miles and am a bit scared. Clock changes time by itself whenever it wants, but that's no big deal. The real concern is that the doors are starting to creak very badly. Hope it's just the weather stripping but may be body flex, which isn't particularly fixable. If all that weight on basically a Focus frame turns out to be a mistake I see big problems ahead for this car.
My 2013 Ford C-MAX hybrid SE could not run during driving (i.e. stop at traffic light) and could not start the engine for a while from a few second to two hours. It will start the engine and run again after this. However, it will happen again either one month later or a few minutes later. It is not safe to drive this car. I am not so sure whether this car has this issue or this model has this issue. I like to know whether this is design issue or some bugs on my car only. To be fair, this car is powerful with good gas mileage. My average gas mileage is 40.4 mile per gallon after 7000 mileage. If the traffic is good, it could be over 50 mile per gallon or between 43 and 47 mile per gallon.
This issue has to be fixed because it is too dangerous on the road. And you could not plan your schedule because you don't know when it will stop running again. My Ford dealer has spent one week to fix my car. They thought they might solve this issue. I picked up yesterday. This issue happen again today.
I'm about 3000 miles in with 2 long road trips. My overall average is 40mpg, with the road trips coming in around 37mpg with my normal suburban commute averaging around 43mpg. The dropoff in mileage is pretty clear--the faster you go over 65, the mileage drops off a cliff (well into the low 30s). On the flipside, the C-Max loves 45-55 mph roads with stoplights. Fortunately, that's my normal commute.
Driving performance was the reason I picked the C-Max over the Prius. Felt very comfortable passing multiple cars on mountain roads with 180hp behind me. Very quiet with low road noise.
If Ford advertised the C-Max at 44/40 instead of 47/47, no one would be complaining. Then again, maybe they wanted the controversy for more publicity.
I got my C-Max in March, and I have about 1300 miles on it. I have only stopped for fuel twice in that period, and neither time was I empty. When I got the car, the weather was cold and I got about 38 MPG overall. Since the weather improved, I have gotten 44 MPG overall and MPG is still going up. Since my last fill-up I have averaged 46.6. These figures are almost as good as Edmund's long term Prius-C. The C-Max is about more than mileage. It has a lot of power, at 8.5 seconds, its 0-60 is about the same as a 1976 Pontiac Trans Am. If you use that power you won't get Prius-type gas mileage. The cabin is comfortable with soft touch materials almost everywhere.
MyFordTouch Economy gauges rich cabin maneuverability MPG
A rear-view camera for the SE. The stereo could use more presence and adjustability, perhaps some DSP to go along with the electronic flavor of the car and a Pandora app. Some grocery-bag hooks would be nice. The left side economy gauges options should carry over to the right as well. The owner's manual should be viewable and searchable on the main display. There should be an OBD-II option on the main display with all of the engine data available via the OBD-II interface. There should be more color options in general including the brighter Fiesta colors and a couple shades of green. A longer version of the car as an alternative.
I get 34-38mpg Freeway Driving (63-80mph); 37-44 Highway (45-62); 38-50 City (25-45). My lifetime avg. is 38.9. I started getting about 3mpg better after 5000 miles. Cold weather (Under 40degrees), hilly conditions, stop and go driving, strong winds, and wet conditions can really drop the mpg. I get great gas mileage considering the size and drivability of the vehicle. I'm going from a Miata and B3000 pickup to the C-Max. I wanted a comfortable car, fun to drive, 40+ mpg, and with lots of tech stuff. I like the techy look. This car would be what I would have custom built for what I want/need at this stage of my life. Going from Cali to Idaho in style, comfort, and low expense!
SYNC and Sirius grew on me. I like them now. I love playing my bluetooth music from my phone. I am using the ac plug to charge my ultrabook and smartphone as I write this. My cell hotspot is pulling over 5MB while the wife drives. This is so fun! The car is so smooth and relaxing compared to my sports cars and trucks. Still when I have to jump on it a little, it is capable of getting where I need to. Sometimes the batteries cause a bit of rear sway, especially during high downhill speeds. We have the seats down and have an unbelievable amount of stuff piled back there! Seating is great! Seats are super comfortable. Lots of room. I am still learning about all the features after 6 months!
Well, I did give C-Max a 5 according to my subjective evaluation. However, there is always room for improvement: 1) keep working on tuning the car for even better mpg and performance. 2) Keep working on documentation and manuals. There is so much one has to research on a vehicle like this. If you are not technically inclined you might be best served by the simplest versions. You probably will not like SYNC, at least at first. 3) How do you lock your fob inside the vehicle (intentionally) and not open the door with 2 pulls? 4) Keep improving the nice ride and handling. 5) Keep improving the SYNC voice recognition and make it as simple as possible. 6) Needs a spare tire for long trips! Please!
I had the 2013 Fusion and hated it. They put me in this, even though I was resistent. It is funny-looking (better than the ugly Prius, but that isn't saying much). And now I freaking love my weird looking car. It is fun to drive, feels spacious inside but is easy to zip around. The MPG is about 35 right now and I think I can get it higher. Not 47, but maybe 40. The seats could be a bit more comfortable, but I really love driving my car and am loving owning a hybrid. No way would I consider the Prius now.
The interior feels very spacious. The windows are huge, making it feel very open. Lots of room in the hatchback (for what it is). Fun to drive, good MPG, quiet. And I love the Sync system--have no issues with it. Makes the car feel more upscale and on front-end of technology.
Ford overinflates their MPG--more than others. There is no way their cars get what they advertise or even get close. Still good overall, but there is a lot of false advertising. Bummer because I want to love Ford. I wish more hybrids looked like sedans--these hatchbacks are really ugly. The Prius is the worst, but the C Max is strange looking too.
To start with let me say that I really like my C-Max. The 47/47 mileage rating however is a joke. I have been trying so hard to get my mileage up higher and it just isn't going up. I now have 2,400 miles on the car with City mileage about 70%. I sold my 2007 Prius to buy this. Was ready for a new car, needed more space. Looked at several other models including the Prius V. The C-Max is just more fun to drive, quieter great build quality with a couple of exceptions. Coming out of a Prius I am used to babying the car, drifting into red lights and stops, watching up ahead to let the accelerator off early. I don't punch it ever except to get on the freeway. With all that just 39.3 mpg.
Fun to drive Good fit and finish Love the instrument panel, and Efficiency Leaves Design of dash is just beautiful.
Don't Lie about the Mileage Trunk auto lift only works 70% of the time. Sync doesn't come up sometimes for a minute or two. Tried to buy a model without Nav system. The voice sync command completely failed to work for me or the salesperson on three cars in a row. Changed to a car with nav and voila, worked perfectly. Pretty embarrassing for the dealer and Ford Seats could be better. Single rear seat flip down only works if you first move the front seat all the way forward.
3 mos, 6K miles later, love my C-Max SEL, would buy it again today. Way more comfortable than Prius V with WAY better acceleration and handling. I drive 65% freeway, heavy foot; MPG slightly disappointing 36+ most of the time, but in town on level roads in traffic I can easily top 42 mpg. Love the handling, 17" wheels and seat height, rear-seat fold-downs/cargo space, driver seat controls (wish passenger side had them). Don't love the less-than-hoped for MPG, and the driver seat gets hard on long trips. DON'T love flat-fix stuff instead of a spare tire; already had two punctures (surprising for Michelin tires!), but warning lights gave me enough time to get somewhere for fixing.
Handling and acceleration (compared to other hybrids); cargo space and ease of fold-down seats; higher seating than other hybrids, and 17" wheels; driver seat comfort controls; location of infotainment controls on dash; voice-activation for almost everything. Love the extra window space and moonroof.
Include a (small) spare tire instead of flat-fix and compressor. Seats start feeling very hard on long trips, but fine for shorter ones.
Driving a C-Max at Denver's mile high elevation for the past two months and 1720 miles has been a very satisfying experience. CMax has performed very well in the cold (-5F to 25F) and snow delivering a consistent 37.4mpg. As spring temperatures warmed to 50-70F the mileage climbed to 45-50mpg. Driving is a 50/50 city/highway mix. With lowest mpg 29.7mpg in a blizzard and 93.3mpg on a 3 mile downhill drive from shopping. CMAX was our #1 choice over the Prius and Prius V because the Ford proved to be a better mix of mpg, driving capability and interior comfort. This car is simply fun to drive. Took it up Floyd Hill in the fast lane - nuff said. Have enjoyed every minute in this car!
The hybrid engine/transmission combo delivers reliable power, acceleration and very good fuel economy. Excellent commuter car has all the moves needed to survive the Denver drive. My wife had no problem learning the nuances of MyFordTouch. Android smartphone connectivity took seconds. Navigation and voice control are easy to use with a little practice. Both front seats are very comfortable with superb visibility. Took four adults to lunch and all were comfortable - 43mpg in gusty winds and 45F. No reliability or quality control issues have surfaced. All genre of music resonate well in the car. Headlights provide excellent night visibility. Drives well in the snow with good grip from tires.
Steering wheel stalks could feel a bit more substantial. Front passenger seat could use more position control. Would prefer more color choices for the interior, especially a few brighter ones. To those owners disappointed with MPG please realize that once temperatures drop below 40F all hybrids lose 3-10mpg due to reduced engine efficiencies including C-MAX and all Prius. Snow, rain and wind also take a toll. Once tmperatures warm above 55F, MPG climb rapidly. Believe owners' manual should give more info on these variations. As you can tell I'm not suggesting any substantial improvements.
Bought my C-Max SEL in January 2013, model 303A with pano roof. I have 1800 miles driven, primarily in city and suburban settings. Bought this vehicle mostly as a commuter car, but wanted rear hatch to have flexibility carrying larger objects. There has been a lot of chatter about the mileage published versus real life. The EPA tests are not real world. If I can get in the 40's I am good. Would buy a C-Max again. If you want solely the highest mileage get a Prius, but don't expect much of a driving experience. The C-Max will give you some fun an dfeel while driving.
1- handling and acceleration are more than adequate, a nice surprise. I have noted no issues with braking distance. 2- Materials interior-wise are high quality, no rattles, or fit problems. 3- electronics all seem to work as expected, the gauges are helpful to max out your mileage and handle entertainment/phone etc. 4- Mileage is improving, since weather has warmed and some miles have been driven, Lifetime is now 42.0mpg. 5- suburban driving have seen mpg in the 50's (!)
1- Wish EV mode would extend past 65mph. 2- Had to close shade on pano roof, should be tinted darker 3- My Ford Touch and Entertainment system seems to take a while to boot up on occasions. Updates to the MFT seem to take a while - car companies are learning about how to deliver updates, this is way new! Wish list: How about LED running lights/tail lights; cooled driver/passenger seating, lane avoidance tech.
We purchased the C-Max last Sunday, 6 days ago. I am very impressed. Went golfing with 4 guys, fitting clubs in was a challenge, where we drove 200 miles round trip. Had the air conditioner on for the trip home and had the cruise control set at 65 most of the trip and got 40.5 MPG. Around town consistently get 40-45 MPG. Acceleration is great and a solid car. Electronics takes some getting use to but lots of capabilites. One of the best cars I have ever purchased.
Synch and Ford Touch, need to spend some time with them but they are great. Wife loves the back up camera and automatic tail gate feature. I like to solid feel you get from driving and smooth ride.
As many people have said in reviews, Ford touch takes some getting use but you need to just stick with it. I try everything and my wife just uses the ones she wants, i.e. radio and phone.
This car is amazing! I tried the Prius and never looked back. The fit and finish is like like a German car, and the leather seats are comfortable. What's outstanding is the cab forward visibility. You can see so much of the road and countryside while you are touring. Ride is very good for 17" tires, and handling is very tight. OK, the navigation and controls take time to learn, but work great once you understand, so don't trust Consumer Reports. THIS IS A BLAST TO DRIVE. We average 38 mpg city and country. It's hard to test in LA, because if you start up slowly, people get on your tail. I had to cut across some traffic once, and floored it at the stop light, the torque was like hyperspace.
Sony sound system is very good. Cab quietness. Fuel efficiency. Seat comfort. Visibilty. Build quality. Handling. Unique design. The self parking system will blow your mind. It hunts for a space, then parallel parks you even in tight spaces on hills. Rear camera great feature. Size of cabin and room over all hybrids.
I think they should have a switch that keeps the electric motor on longer, so you don't have to start so slowly. Blind spot should be standard, not available yet.
Open letter to Ford: I thought my 2013 C-MAX would be a Prius Killer? NOT! As a returning Ford buyer I feel deceived. I want to support US companies and US jobs. What was Ford thinking when they published 47/ 47/47 estimates? Based on the advertised EPA estimates, I would have been ok with low 40's but 28-33 mpg is not even in the ballpark. This is not an issue about EPA testing standards, but rather an issue about setting false customer expectations in order to promote sales. Ford's "47MPG" marketing campaign tarnished what should have been the roll out of a truly remarkable vehicle, the CMAX. Real world MPG estimates should have been promoted in the mid-30's.
No one would have questioned those numbers and the CMAX would have received the accolades it deserves. How these MPG estimates made it through Ford corporate is beyond me! Maybe it was the rush to go to market? I have been accused of not knowing how to drive hybrid. For the record, during the last three years I have leased both a 2010 Prius and 2010 Honda Insight Hybrid, and consider myself an experienced hyper-miler. My mileage in the Prius is 50 plus, the Insight is 40 plus.
The C-MAX is a well-built car, with extremely inflated EPA estimates. I respectfully request that this matter be investigated as soon as possible. My efforts to deal with this locally and through Ford customer service have frustrated me to no end. The constant response? "You need to learn to how to drive hybrid type of vehicle ". Is there a difference how I drive Prius Hybrid vs. the CMAX hybrid? I think we all know the answer to that. I need someone at Ford to reach out to me and assist in a proactive manner so we can put this matter to rest.
After 7600 miles, the highway miles run between 33.5 and 37.5 at 80, 70 and 60 MPH respectively. At 55, not much better. This on a know stretch of flat interstate with no wind. City mileage is OK if I cruse at 25, I can get 50 going slow in town. Traded in my 2010 TDI. The TDI got much better on the highway at those speeds. I could get 50 if I wanted to drive 55 MPH.
Nice ride, good power, more comfortable and quieter than my TDI Gulf.
I bought it for the highway mileage and environment. Disappointed here. Also shelled out 34K as it is loaded. Fit and finish pops out. Have to run my finger along the headliner and in an area in the seat that seem that the fabric was run short and just tucked and not attached.
Where is the 47mpg promised? Cant do any better than 35mpg after3 months and 3000 miles. NOWHERE near 47mpg. Had Fusion hybrid 2010, and did recieved the adverised mileage after 1000 miles. Love the car except, really really annoyed with the poor mileage. I am doing worse than the Fusion and only bought the CMAX HYBRID because of the advertised mileage. Time for a class action suit for renumeration or recall for new hybrid engine. Obviously from the other reviews- I am not the only one complaining.!!!!!!!
OK folks. Most cars do not get the EPA estimated mileage. That said, you'll love this car. It's much more comfortable and stylish than a Prius. I've only had mine a few days and I'm loving it. Rides great, is quiet and fun to drive. The SYNC is a bit fussy, but fun to play with. I'm getting about 33 now but it will go up as the weather warms and engine gets broken in. I am very happy with my choice.
Style, seat comfort, ride, quiet ride
SYNC could be a bit easier to use. It does not seem to understand some of my commands. Must be my nasal midwestern twang!
I traded in a beautiful German near-luxury sedan for this car. Other than prestige, it's little sacrifice. The C-Max drives like a European car because it is one (it's been sold in Europe for years, though not as a hybrid). I get 36-37 MPG, better than the 20 of my old car and comparable to the 40 of the Prius V. The compromises the Prius makes to get those last couple MPG (in road noise, acceleration, structural rigidity) aren't worth it to me. (We drive Priuses as company cars.)
The C-Max is built like a little tank. The cabin is luxury-car quiet. Ride & handling is impressive. Steering & brakes are precise. Acceleration is good around town and great on the highway. The displays are informative. Bluetooth sync is seamless; Sync lets you voice-command many car and phone functions; and if you have a smartphone, Pandora integrates nicely. The cabin is airy & roomy up front. The rear seats fold pancake-flat with a single lever pull, making wide-open spaces for dogs or stuff. Dual-zone climate control keeps both driver & passenger happy. Downhill mode holds your speed on steep downgrades. 120v plug lets passengers plug in laptops. Storage compartments hide your stuff.
The turning circle is absurdly large for such a small, short car. My old luxobarge could pull a U turn where this one cannot. I like using voice commands, but I shouldn't have to: there are some commands I can't find anywhere in the visual menus (e.g. switch to USB or Bluetooth Audio mode). Sync Services should leverage smartphone connections to push maps (not just text) to the screen, and Sync should integrate fully with Siri. A little more elbow room in the back seats, and a little more cargo room without need to fold down the seat, would be nice. Maybe an eco/normal/sport switch, like on the Lexus CT200h, to keep greenies and enthusiasts equally happy. There's another 50hp in there...
As a former Prius driver, I was excited to try out the Ford C-max because it provided me with a bit more room for my kids in the back seat. In the Prius I was averaging 42-44MPG depending on the season. So when I saw 47MPG I figured I would at least get the same if not a little more MPG'S. I am very aware how to drive a hybrid to get the most out of it as possible so when I can not get the C-Max to get over 34 MPG's it makes me very disappointed. There should be more real life testing and accountability for the company that is going to market a product knowing full well that the product is going to fail because consumers are going to have to drive up hills and in the winter.
Real life testing.
Ordered mine on 11/19/12. Got it delivered on 2/13/13. LooOoong wait. So, how's the gas mileage you ask? Fine. After 2 weeks of driving, the EV+ feature is recognizing my work, parents, and home locations. That means it goes full electric within 1/2 mile of location. Very nice. On some trips, I'm measuring 48mpg, and it is COLD and SNOWY/SLURPEE muck here. Overall, I see 31.5mpg in 2 weeks of driving... The interior is quite nice. Sync works very well, and simple to me. I recognize it would be intimidating to some. The ride quality is smooth. The acceleration can be surprising! This car rocks. Low-ish reliability because I already have had a "flat" battery...
Ride, Looks, MPG, tech.
Battery went flat for no reason. No "auto shut off" of peripherals (iPhone, GPS, overhead lights, etc) when engine shuts off. Bad mojo. Even an old Nissan has this. Sync is great if you're a geek like me, but if you lack "Digital Literacy" (like many adults over 35-40), the Sync stuff can be overwhelming. Maybe add a "simple" mode?
I bought a C-Max SEL in October. I drive a lot miles (average 35,000 per year) and I have 9000 on it already. The My Sync radio is a flop. So much so that I have had it at the dealer more than 4 times and they say they cannot fix it now for a month. Even though I love everything else about the car (except that I can never get more than 40 mpg), now I have decided to ask for a Ford to repurchase the car under my state's Lemon Law because the Sync system cannot be fixed.
Everything is great except I can never get more than an average 40 MPG regardless of how I drive.
Get rid of the MySync system. When is Ford going to realize the poor system that it is? There are complaints of the same kind of problem that I have since 2010 with the same response now that they had back in 2010 .....Ford is coming out with a software update. Really? They are telling me they will have one in a month and a half. Imagine that, you pay 30k for a car in which the navigation has never worked right and they want you to wait 2 months for a software update? Not me. You picked the wrong person for that answer. More later after Ford buys back this car!
I have a Cmax SEL, and there is a lot to love about this car. It is cute, fun to drive, and the visibility is excellent for drivers of all heights. Unfortunately, the main reason I purchased this car was the reported 47mpg, but in cold weather (<45 deg), the Cmax doesn't even come close to 47mpg. The gas engine comes on to heat up the cold car engine and the mileage plummets. On a short cold-weather trip (even without the heat on, another mpg reducer) it is common to see a Trip mpg reading of 19mpg or less. In warmer weather (using neither heat or AC) this same trip would yield a Trip mpg reading of 48mpg or more. If it's cold where you live, Cmax may not be for you.
Visibility, style of car.
Report mpg with greater accuracy. I do not recommend this car for colder climates, as it does not get the advertised 47mpg and it also performs poorly on snow (I have snow tires).
The lease on my Lexus RX 350 was up, and I wanted to lower my lease payment and increase my miles per gallon. I looked at all of the hybrid alternatives out there, and chose the C-Max. Have had it for 2 weeks now, and I'm happy with my decision. I'm currently averaging 40 mpg with a combination of city and highway driving. It's fun to drive, handles well, corners better than the Lexus, and has just about all the bells and whistles one could want. My tall friends appreciate the headroom and legroom in the back seat. The interior is not as plush as the Lexus, but I'm saving so much money that I don't care. Voice command is great, very easy to use.
Active Park Assist, rear camera, MPG, blind spot mirrors, voice command
Add Memory Seats, at least for the driver!
5000 miles already doing 40~ MPG in 40 miles to work each way, fun to drive, Excellent braking capacity, and very agile and precise in hard braking, very good accel 4 a hybrid, like the sync but needs to get ued to it nice dashboard, and very confortable with most controls on the wheel very nice car, forget the prius that lags in evrything my only con is that is a little high in the interior excellent the michelins and semi low profile tyres works very well I like it, I believe I will put 100k miles in 3 years here...
MPG sync tires grill braking power and responsiveness interior room commands in the wheel accel quietness
lower roof more cargo room
Being a very high mile driver my last three cars, before my new C-Max, were a Prius and two Altima Hybrids, each driven over 100,000 nearly trouble free miles. I never expected or got the EPA mileage rating on any of them so the C-Max shortfall doesn't bother me a bit. It started out in the low 30's and at 2500 miles is now in the high 30's while driving hard and fast without paying any attention to maximizing gas mileage. Build quality and performance put the Prius to shame and it's substantially smoother and quietier than the Altima. If it's reliabilty ultimately comes anywhere close to the Prius and Altima the C-Max will simply set a new higher bar for the entry level Hybid market.
I purchased the Ford C-Max to replace my Toyota Pruis, hoping for compareable gas mileage. Sticker stated 47 MPG and I am currently getting 33 MPG, very disappointing!!! I am experienced hybrid driver and have tried all the recommended suggestions to get the MPG to go up...not driving above 60MPH, not accelerating to aggressively...ECT. Very very sorry that I purchased the Ford C-max. I have 2 kids and do alot of driving and have sacrificed room for the gas mileage, if I would have known that I was going to get this MPG I could have gotten a small SUV and had the room that I am missing.
Had a 2012 Ford Focus that I liked very much except for the rough shifting trans and cramped rear leg room. Drove the C- Max and fell in love with it. Better visability, more comfortable seats, Love the cvt transmission, floor it and it just goes, No gear hunting, good handling and good rear seat leg room. As others have stated gas mileage is not as good as advertised. Cold weather really effects mileage. Driven as instructed in the owners manual in 50 degree weather have averaged 46 in suburban driving on one tank, when its cooler 42. Highway mileage over 60 is 38 to 40. To get the best highway mileage you can't go over 60. Most hybrids get better mileage in town than on the highway.
Visability, seats, stereo, handling, roomy, gas mileage
Need to redo epa mileage numbers, more realistic would be 42/40.
I have owned a C-Max for about 2 months and 2000 miles now and overall think this is an excellent hybrid that is often overlooked. I have the base SE model with no options other than blue paint color. The base model is a good value at about $26K. The closest comparable car is the Toyota Prius V. The only advantages the Prius V has are more cargo space and a more thickly padded back seat (but the seat does not fold flat). I liked the C-Max better in all other areas. The C-Max has a lot more power than the Prius and accelerates quickly. The electric motor, engine, and transmission are very responsive and seamless if you have to punch the throttle to merge into traffic quickly.
The C-Max is surprisingly quiet and feels substantial which is unusual in a small car. Handling is crisp and responsive. It's no sports car, but handles better than any mainstream hybrid except the Ford Fusion. The wagon body shape gives the space of a small SUV with about twice the gas mileage. I deliberately got the base model both because it is a better value and I wanted to avoid the myFord Touch touchscreen control system. The base radio doesn't look as flashy but works fine and is much simpler to use. The Sync voice commands work well most of the time.
Gas mileage seems to vary wildly between owners. I average 38 MPG on a level highway at 75 MPH and 44 MPG in town. Here are some tips that may help: 1. Turn off the climate control in moderate weather. This car has electric A/C but not heat. When the heater is on, it will start the engine and keep it running to produce heat, reducing mileage. I push the off button on the climate system if it is not needed. If you don't need heat, just turn it off or turn the temperature down to save gas. 2. Try to drive with a light throttle at speeds of 60 mph or less if road and traffic conditions allow. The car can run on electric only up to 62 MPH which greatly improves MPG.
Please. The only thing wrong with this car is Microsoft sync. I take no pleasure in saying this but I am afraid that some of you are way better at giving opinions than the measures of central tendencies. Google it. This vehicle is an epic leap forward for Ford (less sync) and sips gas. Post break in it will blast by 47 MPG. Again, learn what "average" means and how to apply the term over time- if you dare. Unfortunately, most are confusing (or don't understand) mean, median, and mode versus vehicle life time average MPG during driver learning curve and vehicle break in. Kinda Fords fault as well I guess.
The kick under the bumper auto lift gate thing is really cool. Ford also did a great job with the interior head room and overall interior comfort. When in EV mode the car is super quiet and it is nice and takes some time to get used to.
Microsoft sync is so 1999. Total garbage. If you have an iPhone and know who Siri is you will absolutely hate sync. After getting used to Siri, talking to sync to get something done is like asking a 6 year old to re shingle the roof Saturday morning while sponge bob is on. I understand that microsoft doesn't wanna play with the Apply iPhone but come on, Apple only outsold Microsoft by like a billion handsets. A lot of functions simply don't work like text to speech and such. Lame. Cost the interior design two stars.
I have bought close to 20 new vehicles while I have been driving, american cars, european, asian, etc. The C-Max is the first Ford product since the late 1980's. The reaction from my friends is really interesting, can't believe I got a Hybrid, and if I wanted Hybrid, why not a Prius. The CMax was the first Hybrid that appealed to me, Main reasons: - wanted a hatchback capable of moving a larger item than would fit in a trunk. - wanted all the toys that are available in higher end vehicles - wanted gas mileage in commuting that would hit at least the mid-30s - had to have enough power to get out of its own way. It delivers on all of these. Had the car 2.5 weeks, it is put together!
I Like: - Sony 9 speaker sound system - Sync system, learned a few commands and keeps your hands on the wheel driving - Dash displays - can be customized to large degree, shows fuel usage and Electric usage - EV+ mode- keeps in Electric mode when nearing a frequent stop ( home, work, etc.) to use less fuel - Handling and ride - precise and firm for as heavy a car as it is - Mileage - on first tank, getting over 37mpg while learning how to maximize fuel economy - Build quality - one little rattle when new, everything else works as expected, feels very solid and quiet
- Mileage - funny it can be in both categories. EPA ratings at 47mpg set unrealistic expectations of some owners. Ford's fault? I don't think so, they followed the testing process the EPA set up. It would be more accurate to say "around 40mpg" and "your mileage will vary based on temperature, driving style, etc." Look past the discussion, the C-Max is a wonderful car. - Would love to have cooled seats as well as the heated ones. Higher end cars are already having them. - Better lighting - the headlamps seem weak in my night driving. I know I can replace bulbs and get slightly better lighting, but what about HID in the top models?
Firstup, when I went to the dealership at Galpin, I had no intention of testing nor buying a CMax, the Ford Fusion was it. The Prius was considered but I did not like the performance nor the handling, yes, I understand performance-hybrid are oxymorons. The CMax blew me away as an overall package for my needs. Being a hybrid was a huge advantage for my line of work where I drive alot, the interior space allowed me carry all my fun toys on the weekend snow trips, the Sync system rocks especially the Sony surround sound, SYNC Nav is nice with the big easy to see screen at a glance.
Based on my experience - the CMax is outstanding in steering (precise), handling (corners tightly like any FWD), performance (0-60 in 7.5sec YES you blow some gas), interior roominess and quality, quality build - this car does not have any creeks or rattles - it's rock solid. The view of the road is amazing, you see everything. There are many complaints about the mileage but thus far, I am averaging around the mid 40s. As I write, I have a tank that is 405 miles on 46.3MPG with 60% Fwy. Owners need to learn to drive a hybrid, it ain't no gas guzzling car so be smmmoooth, use EV and not come to a screeching stop at the red lights as you use to - you're not going anywhere at a red light.
Ford's full EV cut off at 63mph was silly, they should have made it 65mph for more practical driving experience. A powered front passenger seat was expected in the SEL but oh no. A folding powered side mirrors should have been there but oh no, manual fold. It's an SEL so these 2 features should have been there for a high end. Could I ask for a slightly bigger battery for more EV runs? Overall, a super car but you have to change your driving habits from flooring the pedal in a gas guzzler to utilizing and optimizing the hybrid features to get the MPGs. I have mid 50s and 60+MPG on over 100+ mile runs and still drive a the speed limit with little to no city, it's there but know your CMax.
We now have 3746 miles on the car on our 12 day road trip - we averaged 37.1 mpg. Not bad considering all the thing that can degrade mileage; load ( passengers; usualy 2, sometimes 5, plus cooler, luggage, gifts and so forth) temperature (cold - 19 to 49 degrees farenheit) terrain ( Ozarks & Texas hill country) speed (mostly highway 65 to 75 mph) I took multiple 100 mile - mpg samples by resetting the trip data at different speeds 75 mph = 35mpg 65 mph = 39 mpg 55 mph = 44 mpg 45 mph = 56 mpg I assume that the engine is now broke in and that we will get noticably better mileage on local surface streets.
Cmax is a complete package; plenty fast and confortable to drive, quiet, smooth and big inside.
radio controls - why change to a unfamiliar format
Took delivery of a 2013 SEL 303A a week ago. Initial thoughts: Was driving a mid-sized SUV, but mostly use the vehicle for commuting. I wanted the following: Comfort, fun to drive, better mileage, flexibility to handle a large parcel/item via a hatch, reasonably quiet driving experience, all the toys like Nav, backup camera, leather, etc. The C-Max delivers all these items. There is more head and leg room than in the SUV ( I am 6'6" and 240lb, don't fit well in many vehicles). So far only one build issue, which the dealer addressed. Last, the mileage: EPA tests were followed to the letter, but it is not real world. I am getting 37.0 mpg on the first tank. Cold weather does affect
All the toys included, comfortable and quiet ride, mileage improvement over what I was driving, Sony audio system, park assist and front/rear proximity sensors
Nothing yet, will update once more time and miles have passed
I had a 2008 civic hybred and I averaged 42 to 46 mph. I bought the C-Max because of it's reported 47 mph. At 1244 miles, I have averaged 34.2 mph. Fuelly shows of 81 drivers of c-max reporting, the majority of us are 37 mph or less. Nice car but not what was advertised.
Look, drive, keyless entry,
cup holders don't and are too small for 16 oz water bottle. Need more storage for documents, etc.
I purchased my new c-max in October right off the truck. I have been driving a Ford Explorer for 12 years (2000 & 2005) average 30,000 miles per year. I had been looking for a high profile car that would give me 35+ mpg. My C-Max exceeds my expectations. I challenge myself to get the best gas mileage possible. While 62 miles per hour is the limit for running on the battery, I am averaging 43 mpg consistently. In the city, I average 45 mpg. I now have 4800 miles on my C-Max and love the fact that I fill-up once every 10 days versus twice per week with my explorer. I estimate I am saving between $300-$400 p/month in gas.
Gas mileage. My Ford.
More comfortable seats in rear.
I bought this car and took it on a 500 mile road trip the next day. I have the SE with 202A package. As most reviews say, don't expect 47mpg. I am getting 41mpg, and that is really trying (expect 37 driving normally, city or highway). I think this is good for a 3,700 pound car with a tall profile. The interior is really well built with great visibility. There is plenty of leg room in the back (though the bench is a little low). Only plan for 4 people though, the car is narrow. Good luggage space, you can easily get 2 VERY large suitcases back there (3 normal ones). The SYNC sucks. The screen looks nice and you get Sirius radio, and it's affordable at $570, so I would buy it again.
Cargo Space Leg Room Build Quality Visibility/ high seating position Acceleration Styling Handling Quite Interior Lots of storage space in cabin
Need to improve SYNC Higher rear seat Don't lie about gas mileage
Great milage. When drive carefully, I constantly get 52 MPG. However, during raining days and cold days, the MPG lower than 47MPG. I think rain will cause the road resistance higher. During cold time, the car always try to start the engine to keep itself warm, probably afraid of freezing transmission fluid or other fluid. The key thing to get best MPG is to use EV mode as much as possible, especially when car moving from stop to go. Gasoline engine does not have the best efficiency during low speed, electric motor does not have that problem. After car moving at 15mile speed then step on gas more to let gas engine bring the car to 45 mile speed. Do not drive more than 60Miles/h on freeway.
The control of the car is really a nice design. It shows you which part is moving, gas engine or electrical motor. Your break score is also helping. The high ceiling is also my most favorite. I tried to buy Prius last year, however, the small Prius was so hard for me to get in. I had to bend my back to get in and out. With C-MAX, I can get in and out easily. Very comforable for me. The leg room is also much bigger not only the front row, but also the back row.
If I were Ford, I will update firmware to make the electric motor start moving more, make user easily to control running on battery or gas. The break is also too easy to engage the break pad, should give user more travel in engage the regeneration.
We recently bought a C-Max. After 636 miles, we are averaging only 31.2 mpg. We are driving extremely light foot, following the speed limit, these about 755 highway miles (reason we bought based ont the FALSELY advertised 47mpg) and have used real gas but did not see any real improvement in MPG. The only possibly excuse is that we drive 75 on the interstate (OKLA speed limit). However, even in town, following the little blue guidelines (on the display), we still only get about 32 in the city. The car is roomy and relatively comfortable but if you are thinking you will get 47, you are about to be cheated.
The front window provides a very spacious view.
Give accurate mpg. We would not have bought the car if we would have known we would be getting only 31-32.
I've had my C Max for about 2 months. I think the design of the car is good but the gas milage on the highway is a pipe dream. I can see where you could get 47 MPG in the city under certain conditions but no way will it ever get 47 on the highway. A more realistic gas milage would be around 37 MPG at 75 MPH, 38.5 MPH at 70. if your lucky you can get around 40 MPG at 65MPH basicly the same as a none hybrid car. I now have 4500 miles on the car a just came back from the first trip with the car. I could have done with out the SYNC it just don't work well. I have had one issure where all four windows came down and the car unlocked it's self. Fortunately I caught it before the rain got it.
It's got plenty of power on the highway is you need it. Great ride. Very quite inside.
I think depending on the electric motor Ford could tweak how, when and how long the eletric motor comes in. The main reason the car will never do well on the highway is the EV mode shuts down after 62 MPH it does assist though with hills and heavier loads on the engines but you can figure you have a non Hybrid after 62 MPH.
Edmunds! How about correcting your review regarding the stellar mileage? Ford - how about changing the deceptive commercials representing that mileage is better than a Prius V? This is nice little car, but it is abundantly clear that its real world mileage is in the 36 to 37 mph range, while the Prius V can expected to yield 42 - 44 with similar driving. Really disappointing is highway mileage if you expect to drive more than 63 mph. Over 3000 miles of very moderate driving and often attempting to manage the EV mode, we can't exceed 36 for any reasonable distance. Recent 300+ mile trip at 70-75 maxed out at 36 mph. Could be driving a non-hybrid. High 40's for Prius V at speed???
Seating and driving position, driveability.
Mileage! Ability to adjust recline of back seat. There is surprisingly little room in the back when the rear seat is up. May want to compare it to a regular Prius rather than a V if you plan to use it as a 4 seater and think that you will have much more room in the cargoe compartment. Honest advertising - possibly some compensation for early buyers who have relied on the mileage claims.
Only owned the car a couple of days but I love it. For a 3600 lb. vehicle with a 4 cyl. the acceleration is amazing. Handling is real good too. Traded in a 2010 Sport Fusion for it and it doesn't feel like I lost a lot. Gas milage so far for me is 37mpg so that will take some improvement. Seats are comfortable. The Blind Spot mirrors are somewhat of a throwback but they work. The power liftgate comes as advertised. Swipe your foot under the bumper to open or close. The panoramic sunroof does not open but it's huge. The sunshade is slightly transparent so I can see this being a problem when the hot weather rolls in. It will take a long time to master MyFord Touch.
Ride and handling Acceleration Seats Navigation Sound System Room Climate Control Storage Power Liftgate
Gas Mileage (High compared to most but far from advertised) Less transparent sunshade Better high end response in sound system Power passenger seat Blind Spot, Cross Traffic Alert System Simplify MyFord Touch
Bought red C-Max four days ago with every options but auto parallel park. It's not a long car and I have to parallel park about once a month. I love the C-Max. I think it looks so much better than Prius or Prius V and there aren't a million yet on the road. The red color looks like a candy red Corvette. Love it. Car is quick. Glass roof and huge wind shield gives amazing visibility in all directions, including up. Traded in a 2011 Explorer that was awesome but wanted better gas mileage. Glad I did. Just miss adaptive cruise control that I had on the Explorer.
Looks, sporty feel, great leg and headroom in front and back. It's an original look. Syncs perfectly to iPhone for phone numbers and music.
Averaging 38 MPG after 150 miles. Hope to get that to 40 and I'll be pleased. Don't expect to hit advertised 47 but 40 MPG would double my Explorer with reg fuel and still fun and sporty. Love it!
It's been almost a month with 1600 miles. I'm doing 42 mpg and live in a hilly area. I've notice that when I drive "with" the car instead driving like my old cars (heavy footed) MPG increased. When the battery activates, I go gentle on the peddle to avoid using gas. I'm enjoying the car very much. I'm hoping the technology will last. I only gave a "3" for reliability. Too soon to say. The only complaint so far is the isync. They can't understand my voice yet. It keeps wanting me to go to Newark whenever I say a town with an N. I don't care for the navigator but it'll take time to get use to. MPG will improve if u go easy on the peddle. :)
Using less gas! I love the keyless operation for the hatchback lift and doors. My keys stay on my person always.
Sirius radio is difficult to use. Not user friendly. As for the car none so far. I need to find out what happens when I run out of gas. Will the battery use get me to a gas station?
I purchase this vehicle a month ago expecting to get about 47mpg and all I can say is (NO WAY) will this car achieve/even close to that mpg. I feel cheated by Ford Motor Co. It's a nice car quiet and cumfortable but that is it. I was told by the dealer that the fuel economy would improve after 2,000 miles, well now I have 3,000 miles and the best I can get is about 35mpg. I go by the miles driven and the amount of gas I use and not by the computer that reads 37 to 38 mpg! I actually get 35-36 mpg not even close to 47! What a joke! 12 mpg off. There needs to be class action law suit because this car is a rip. I have a 2010 Prius that consistantly achieves 47+mpg overall but it's cheap plastic
I like the comfort and quiet ride.
mpg, mpg and mpg
I've had the car for about 2 months. After first 2 days with it, had to take into dealer to fix stuck hazard light and replace some electronic command module. Also the microphone when using touch-free calling is terrible - people I call report harsh blowing noise. Biggest dissapointment though is the MPG - after driving over 1000 miles still averaging only 33-34MPG (combined highway/city). I know that Ford is saying must drive 3000 mi to see higher mileage, but I doubt this. I have not gotten anyware CLOSE to the promised 47MPG. I have a feeling if this continues and is happening with other people, there's going to be a class action lawsuit in the future (as happened with Honda civic hybrid)
Drives well, good acceleration, overall nice materials inside. Adequate cargo space. Feature to use your foot to open back door is nice - although a bit finicky at times. Heated seats are fast and warm.
Change MPG estimates to something more realistic to what this car gets. Ford touch very finicky - does not always work well. Would have been nice not to have taken my 2 day old new car in to the dealer to fix something. Maybe this car was rushed out to US market too quick???
I just passed the 3000mi. mark on my 2013 cmax. was getting 38 mpg until the weather got cold. now it is down to 32 mpg. i believe the car is not worth the extra $15,000.00 spent. save your money! If and when the electric portion comes on, its a miricle! usually after you drive 30-50 miles. yes i am extremely disapointed!
ford sync is nice.
I have had many cars and when shopping for a new car this time I was looking for something different. Test drove the C-Max after driving the new Fusion. Was hooked after the first drive (so much so that I had to test drive the C-Max four more times over the next two weeks until they got the car I wanted). Most fun to drive car (wagon, mini mini van) that I have driven in a long time. I have never been a fuel efficient driver, so the fuel mileage was not the prime selling point for me. With minimal effort, I have achieved an average of 42 mpg in the first two weeks. The car has enough information communicated to you that you can be an efficient driver or you can ignore it and just drive.
styling, comfort, information system, responsiveness, fuel efficiency, cabin space, cargo space, American made
Purchased our CMAX SEL 11-16-2012 because the sticker in window said 47 mpg, city & hiway. As did the sales person. Have owned the care for 3 weeks and have taken on short 100 mile trips to check mileage. At best the vehicle gets 33 MPG. Took it back to dealer and they say you have to wait until 3,000 for vehicle to get advertised mileage. Car is not worth the money. I do not advise you buy one, put your money on a vehicle that will give you your monies worth and from a dealer that will support you ..Ford should be ashamed for false advertising and poor excuses for the vehicles poor performance. Don't expect any support from your Ford Dealer or Ford !! Does not come with a spare tire either
There are no "favorite features" from a consumer stand point. For Ford, its a great money maker.
Tell consumers BEFORE they spend $30k that they have to drive the vehicle 3,000 miles to see any improvement in mileage and then its no guarantee that you will. Its a ploy to get you off their back for a few months. Try telling the consumer it does not come with a spare tire ! Try telling the consumer that it does not have fog lamps like most cars in this price range do.
Selling point for me was the advertised 47 MPG, and thus far I get around 35-36. Done a lot of research, and found that most (Honda, Toyota, VW) manufacturers actually advertise a lower MPG than what their drivers get, except the CMAX, which advertises about 8-9 higher than what drivers are getting on average. I feel like I could have saved 15k and got a 2012 Civic. I will say that Ford has done an excellent job with the interior design of the car. It's fun and fairly easy to use.
Florescent lighting, sensor lift-gate and overall interior design is really cool. For a hybrid is has quite a bit of room inside.
Don't advertise 47 MPG. Ford has made such big strides in making better, more quality cars, and this really tarnishes their reputation. Other car companies are much more honest in their advertising of their fuel efficiency, and it's going lend them much higher credibility in the long run.
Unlike some reviewers, I have found that my city driving is over 50mpg. Our town has lots of hills so I thinkit is a good measure. I love the responsiveness and the ease of driving. After playing with the INSYC system, I like it. The navigation system is easy to use and love how the map rotates to keep the direction of travel up on the map. I'm looking forward to a road trip soon.
Keyless entry, kickup back door, InSync System, and panel displays , lighting both interior and exterior.
Find a way to add a spare tire.
I own it for 2 weeks, drive about 900 miles, and am very satisfied by this car (it is exactly what I want). The only thing which I never reached was promised mileage - it increased to 36 mpg eventually but is still far from 40+ promised. We will see in 2 month. I test drive Subaru Impreza CVT, VW Golf TDI and VW Jetta TDI, Prius and Prius V. Among all, CMAX stays behind Impreza but ahead of others by the fun to drive, and is very different from slow and 'drive as a Prius' Prius. Normal controls (not these futuristic Toyota-s) are a plus too. Car is Base SE model. Our other car is Subaru Forester 2008 (2010 became too big).
How it drives! Small wagon or big hatchback (why so little wagons in USA?? Sedans are very ineffective space users, I hate sedans, we never consider any for our family for 15 years). It's hybrid behavior is excellent. Exterior and interior with a few exceptions. Normal controls (no futuristic Prius!).
Post REAL mileage! Or improve what we got. More public relations - it is REAL HYBRID but you feel as in a very good car. And it has a lot of space because it is small wagon! More PR for plug ins as it can be real win for many commuters. Strange but it wins in mountains too (can take energy). Offer rent with option to but after it. Map lights! Fog lights as an option for SE. Parking key (why must I spend $200 for extra keys?? I don't want immobilizer, I want simple plain key!) - I mean key which can be left to valets in the parking lot and which they can then lock inside. Bigger side windows - previous CMAX had better ones! TDI diesel in USA! IT wins on freeways over all hybrids!
Took our Flex to our local dealer for service. Decided to look new Fusion while waiting. Only Fusion available was a hybrid. Drove it, parked it beside C-Max when we returned. Didn't know what it was, drove it, purchased it. The car available was loaded, really didn't think that automatic parallel was necessary. Dealer made us what we considered a great deal, so we took it. Have yet to try the automatic park. Have had the car a little over a week, no highway driving as of yet. Currently averaging 39-41 mpg town driving. Very impressive car,all my friends who have driven it were surprised with the take off power. Wish a power seat was offered for the front passenger, but no big deal.
Ford My Touch, SYNC, NAVI, Huge sunroof, Leather, heated seats. Has the auto hands free rear hatch. Push button start. Things that I wouldn't have ordered, but now wouldn't give up. HIGHLY recommende to anyone looking for a Hybrid.
None other than possibly a power front passenger seat option.
I really like how the C-Max rides and drives. I traded in a 2009 Honda Fit Sport on it and while I really liked the Fit and it gave me zero trouble, the C-Max is a much more pleasant vehicle to drive and ride in. I also owned a Honda Insight briefly and didn't like all its many hybrid "quirks". The C-Max is much more like a "normal" car and the switching from electric to gas and back is totally seamless! The brakes aren't weird like the Insight's were. I know its only been 7 days but I am LOVING my new C-Max! Oh, it's also my first American car in something like 30 or 40 years!
I bought my car 2 weeks ago. I travel 15 miles to work, streets and freeway and get about 39 mph. I just took a trip from Orange, CA to Tempe, AZ (365 miles). I got 39 mph going there in the evening and 37 mph on the way home during the day with the A/C on. I'm hoping like others that the mileage gets better. We plan on towing it behind the motorhome. I'll let you know how that works out.
It is comfortable and responsive. I'm use to driving big fast vehicles so this was important. The sync system is nice and easy to use once you learn the language.
My biggest complaint is that there is no place to store anything. If there are 2 people in the car with drinks and you plug your phone or iPod in then it sits in the center console in the bottom and you have to fish it out.
I have had my C-Max for about a week now and I could not be happier. Still in the "breaking in" period with an avg mpg of 34.1, but I'm watching that number climb every time I drive it. I have had highway driving trips with 55 mpg and city driving trips around 47. With only about 400 miles on the car I expect these numbers to improve or at least become more consistent. Obviously not built for speed, but that's not why you would want this car. Still, with the combined 188 hp there's enough power to move when you need/want to. Comfort, space and fuel efficient with a kick.
Really like the trip summary and the instant feedback on fuel efficiency. The hands free tailgate has already proved itself useful on several occasions. I am extremely impressed with the overall comfort and space! My friend is about 6' 4" and was able to sit comfortably (even in the back seat) with plenty of headroom. You will sit higher than you might expect for a smaller car. Everything seems to be laid out really well, I don't find myself searching for buttons or anything like that. Controls are intuitive. Handles great.
So far so good. No real complaints.
Just have the vehicle for 3 days and had put in about 280mi. So far it is a good vehicle with initial overall mpg @35.5mpg. I believe that new vehicles have to be driven at least 1K mi. to really get the average mpg. I'll post another review when I get into the 1K range. For now it's very a good vehicle.
Lotsa technology build into it at least for the one that I have - Front sensors; Rear sensors; Back up cam; Park assist; SYNC; Quiet cabin; Smooth ride; Panoramic roof - kids liked it; Lotsa room for 5 passengers including baggage or groceries; More horses vs competition - very nice when needed; Hands free calling/text msging, etc - don't recommend using it simply because for safety reasons - it can wait :)
Add reclining and sliding rear seats for more leg room or room for rear passengers; Add possibly another package i.e. cloth 10 way power seats; Multi disc changer for the SEL model; Tinted glass; Choice of either carpet or rubber floor mats; Maybe more storage space in the front passenger area like a magazine/book/e-reader storage by the left side of passenger leg.
Had the car for about 10 days. Average mpg so far, 36. I'd be happy with 43 or 44, but there have been only THREE occasions when the small instant trip mpg guide popped up and showed mpg over 47. I mostly drive this car on shorter trips of 5-10 miles. Only if you can miraculously keep the gas engine off will you be able to get above 40. This is with acceleration so slow as to be a hazard to traffic kind of driving. I had one perfect condition (50-55 mpg) parkway driving trip of about 50 miles that still couldn't produce but 40 mpg and the return on interstate doing 70 was 36 mpg and mostly flat constant conditions. NO WAY this car is going to meet EPA reported 47 - 37 yes, not 47.
Has more acceleration than a hybrid probably needs for a mpg focused driver. The customizeable driver screens are good. The interior space is much larger than you'd expect.
Sync is finicky and sometimes too difficult to use in driving situations. If you're big selling point if mpgs on a car, then you should get within a few mpgs of the EPA reported sticker. Given how artificially conservative you have to be to even get in the 40s on a trip, there's no way any kind of normal driving will be above the 30s. If you're buying this for gas mileage, do not expect it to even be in the neighborhood of what's advertised.
I have had this car for almost two weeks. We researched C-max on line before buying. It has exceeded expectations in every way! What a fun car to drive! I recommend it highly. We are exceeding 40 mpg now and expect to go much higher as it is "broken in".
Rear view camera, back door lift and 47 mpg. also quiet.
none it is great the way it is.
5 days now with the car; 850 miles: 650 interstate and 200 local roads. Ford advises car must be driven a couple of thousand miles before accurate MPG can be determined, but what I'm seeing now is 44 MPG city (lots of stop and go, and hills) and 37 interstate. Surprising that cold tire pressure is 38 PSI. Dealer was flexible on price, even though this is a new model. This is an SEL model with just one option: premium white paint. Car is a pleasure to drive: sporty feel, comfortable seats, quiet cabin, excellent driver interface with gages and displays. Build quality looks good.
Info screen to left of steering column can be customized; does good job assisting driver to maximize MPG. Electric power steering was a nice surprise; big improvement over my 08 Escape. Suspension is firm but comfortable. Seats and seating position excellent (but I'm only 5'7"). Lots of pep when engine and battery work together for climbing hills or merging onto interstate. Rear seats fold down easily to expand cargo capacity. Voice commands work well for audio systems. Excellent visibility in all directions, aided by large mirrors with built in convex mirrors. Not an electrical engineer, but engine, battery and controlling programs seem to maximize performance and MPG.
Owner's manual does a poor job explaining the options for engine/battery screen displays; be patient and experiment. Very light touch on the brakes. Climate control knobs easier and quicker than voice commands. Driver's floor mat very small. Useful info in owner's manual could be condensed from 300 pages to 50 pages. Dealer prep not good: too little air in tires, oil a pint low, and inside of windshield filthy.
Well I decided to buy this car over the Prius in Worthington Ford of Long Beach CA, Ask for Sam and Ike if you go there. The Cmax hybrid had higher Horsepower than the Prius with the capability of reaching 47mpg, I've put 860 miles as of 10/12/2012 and my first time in the freeway I did 38-40mpg to San Diego California, driving at 80 mph average, in city driving at 45mph on a 40mph street I can acheive 47-53mpg's in flat surface, in my usual route to college with one hill on the way i've reached 43-47.3 mpg's, when stepping on the car and driving fast i reach 32-35mpg's overall, the lifetime for my car mpg's is 42 mpg's.
Mine came with the power liftgate, I didn't get the sensor to open with the feet, but I can open it with the remote, this feature is great, cargo space with the seats folded down is good to buy that 60+ inch TV, I love the 2 LCD screens in the speedometer, the backing sensor's are a plus, to eliminate distance guesswork while backing up, I love the blue candy that the exterior had.
they should make the sensor liftgate standard with all power liftgates.
I have driven my new C Max for about 300 miles the past week and it is a bit premature to give more than first impressions of the vehicle. Thus far I am pleased with the vehicle. I have been able to get 47.7 mpg (according to the trip odometer) with careful driving on my most recent 50 mile jaunt. It was a mix of freeway and city driving. I'm confident I'll be able to get 40 plus MPG with little effort. The car has plenty of room inside for 4 + size adults. Plenty of pep. The ride is quiet and smooth. Storage compartments are plentiful. Sync is fantastic. Gauges & instrumentation display are even more fantastic. I can't really rate reliability accurately as I've only owned it a week.
47 + mpg, great instrumentation, Sync, interior space.
Does not come with a Spare tire or Jack. Instead it has a compressor with tire sealant. NOT GOOD
Took delivery of vehicle yesterday. Acceleration definitely adequate for entering busy main roads. This was a major reason I chose this car over the Prius, a 50 horsepower advantage makes a big difference. Very quiet inside - active noise cancellation works. Gave reliability a 4, but I can't really comment on this from my first day with the car. Fit and finish are excellent. Extremely easy to sync phone with the dash system via bluetooth.
Ability to choose Sirius station via voice recognition by just naming station. Good room behind rear seat, could hold endless groceries there. Handsfree liftgate is cool. Dead silence of car as I back out of garage on electric power.
Comes with useful brief glossy color quickstart instructions, it would be helpful if this was expanded a bit to cover more of the Sync and MyFord Touch functions because owner's manual is lengthy and mixes useful with less useful information.
I just took delivery of a new Ford C-Max yesterday after seeing one at the November 2011 LA Auto Show and seeing several on the road in Turkey; they've been available in Europe for two years now (including a model with three rows of seats that's not available in the U.S.). In its first 100 miles, it's getting mileage in the mid-30s, well off of the official EPA rating of 47. But I'm learning how to drive it to improve the fuel economy. There's a gauge that shows both instantaneous economy and that achieved over several 5-minute intervals. It's amazing how backing off a little on the gas pedal can switch the instantaneous mileage from 20 to 60 (the top figure on the gauge).
The C-Max is comfortable. The driver's seat provides great visibility, and it's power-adjusted. I am still learning to use voice commands but look forward to adjusting the cabin temperature or selecting a satellite radio station without having to take my eyes off the road. The rear seats (with a 60/40 split) fold flat with the cargo area. The rear-view mirrors have a little cut-out area that shows traffic beside the car that's not picked up by the main mirrors. And if you don't care about fuel economy (why would you buy this vehicle then, though?), the C-Max has plenty of zip for entering freeways and changing lanes.
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