Owned Cmax since 1/1/13 you will get this mileage (85mpg and increasing) if you drive less than 40 miles between charges with like 1/2 freeway. If you drive alot more than that a day you will probably do better with another car. Nice drive and havent been back to dealer yet.
Purchased last month (May), one of the last 2013's on the dealers lot and purchased for well below invoice and 0% for 72.
Originally was going to purchase a Focus Electric, but with range anxiety and needing more room, the C-Max Energi was the smarter choice.
Even with a battery pack in the trunk, can fit a stroller out back, will swallow groceries with ease, and with the rear seats down, a wheelchair will fit.
Car sees 80% city driving and 20% freeway, achieving 120 mpge (EV mode) and 53 mpg (hybrid mode).
On a 120v charge, range is 26 miles and haven't been to the gas station in over a month!
Made the right choice with this car, love it!
****UPDATED REVIEW - 09/02/16****
Close to 2.5 years of ownership and continue to love this car, very fun, handles great, and fairly efficient too. For daily usage regular family usage, plenty of space to haul
--My AER (Actual Electrical Range) from a single charged ranges from 23-25 and no hyper milling.
--Have taken trips from OC to Santa Cruz to SF (which includes a steep grade and many hills) w/o any issues, average 75 mph, MPG = 37 with EV range leftover and little more than a quarter tank of gas left. This is with wife, 1 year old, luggage, and other stuff packed into the car. On the way back to LA observed 38 MPG.
--Trip from OC to San Diego over the summer, saw 40 MPG going down, and 41 MPG on the way back.
--Local trips form OC to Santa Monica/Hollywood/Pasadena/Costa Mesa, etc observed 53 - 57 MPG.
--Current Lifetime MPG = 150.2. Haven't looked at Lifetime MPGe number so will update this later.
--Car is driven in pure EV 85% of the time since purchased. Gas station visits are anywhere from 3-4 months between fill-ups.
NEGATIVES - not very many but interior wise, door card for front doors feel flimsy and squeaks when pushed in. Car is still under warranty, so will take it for that.
Stepped out of an '11 Prius lift gate into the C-Max Energi. No comparison. Build quality on the Energi is superb, not the tin can experience I left behind. Don't get me wrong; the Pri was a great car, but this car should have a Lincoln badge on it. C-Max feeds data and info to me I have craved. I've learned to finesse the pedal to maximize range & you will, too.
More mass with this car equals better coasting and a solid solid feel. I catch myself having qualms about being in a mini-SUV b/c of the higher seating position, then remind myself 'it's OK' - the seating position and view is awesome. Interior quality is upscale. I thank Ford for giving us in the USA a taste of the European Focus.
I don't have a set drive to work. I travel all over the bay area with distances from 5 to 100 miles.
I find myself often running a 25 mile loop ending with a steep uphill quarter mile grade with about 5% battery left. I live in Northern California where the weather is extremely mild and I use the air conditioner less than 5% of the time.
The air conditioner sucks the battery up. I would not like this car if I needed it.
My overall time spent with the car I am averaging 120mpg. My electricity is free.
I also have a Volt. The volt is more efficient between 25 and 110 miles. I have found the C-max's ICE is a little more efficient.
Update November 2016: at approximately 160,000 miles the CMax energi started making a "whiring" sound during deceleration. Turns out bad transmission. $7000 to replace and Edmunds value of this 3-year old high mileage car is only $5000. Quite a wake-up, my cost per mile for ownership of this car is now shot. Many other better values out there
Update May 2016: So almost 3- years of ownership and well over 150K miles. Car has never been in the shop except to replace the 12V "starting battery" for $140. All I have done to this car is rotate tires and change fluids. Typically 15,000-18,000 miles between oil changes. I am getting a little wind noise from one of the rear doors, I think it's the seal. Other than that the car has been flawless.
Original post: I purchased my Energi in August 2013.
So far the car has been flawless other than some bugs in the "Sync" system that have been fixed by a software update.
I typically drive 200 miles per day on Southern California freeways commuting to various construction sites.
I often drive into Los Angeles, the deserts and mountains for work.
This car is very comfortable at freeway speeds, where I drive with the flow of traffic, often 80 mph.
At the speeds I drive and distances between charges, I am very happy with my 42+ mpg.
I am by no means a hyper-miler, and I carry hundreds of pounds of gear in the car every day.