With its combination of good fuel economy, attractive styling and everyday drivability, the 2017 Ford C-Max Energi should catch the eye of many shoppers in the market for a plug-in hybrid. Like all plug-ins it fills the gap between a conventional hybrid and a full electric vehicle, with an extra-large battery and a gasoline engine that provide extended range, as well as the option to charge from a wall outlet or not. For those who want to make the move into green-car ownership but still have a bit of range anxiety, the C-Max Energi is a practical choice.
For 2017 the C-Max Energi receives an exterior face-lift that brings redesigned grille openings, headlamps and taillights. Other changes include a new White Gold color option, a standard rearview camera, reconfigured option packages, available blind-spot monitoring and the upgraded Sync 3 infotainment system, which is now compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Perhaps the biggest news, though, is the addition of the top-of-the-line Titanium trim level with features that include leather upholstery, heated seats and a premium sound system.
The C-Max Energi powertrain consists of a 2.0-liter four-cylinder gasoline engine that produces 141 horsepower on its own and combines with an electric motor for a total of 188 hp. Together they drive the front wheels through a continuously variable transmission (CVT). Electric power comes from a 7.6-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery pack (compared to 1.4 kWh in the hybrid model) that recharges by regenerative braking, plugging into a wall socket or running the gas engine, and returns an electric-only range of up to 19 miles.
Inside, the C-Max Energi offers comfortable seating for five with a generous amount of leg-, hip-, and headroom in both the front and rear compartments, which are nicely designed and feature quality materials and trim. Standard interior appointments include dual-zone climate control, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and a power driver seat, while a variety of packages and options allows buyers to mix and match comfort and convenience touches.
The larger battery pack adds a significant amount of weight in the rear — and also reduces cargo space — so the C-Max Energi doesn?t deliver the outright cornering ability of a sport coupe. Nevertheless, it does offer a comfortable ride, solid and planted road feel, responsive steering and brisk acceleration.
The EPA efficiency figures for the 2017 C-Max Energi rate it at 39 mpg in combined driving on gasoline alone and 95 MPGe (miles per gallon equivalent) in combined gas and electric operation.
The base C-Max Energi SE comes well equipped with enough comfort and driver-assistance features to satisfy the majority of buyers. And the new Titanium trim level adds even more luxury and convenience items to the window sticker. Whatever your preference, let Edmunds help you find the 2017 C-Max Energi that best meets your needs.