Used 2018 Ford C-Max Hybrid

Pros & Cons

  • Stylish interior is finished with high-quality materials
  • Responsive handling for a hybrid
  • Elevated driving position offers good forward visibility
  • Hybrid fuel economy is near bottom of the pack
  • Many of latest driver safety aids aren't available
  • Less cargo space than true crossovers
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Which C-Max Hybrid does Edmunds recommend?

For the best bang for your buck, we recommend the 2018 Ford C-Max Hybrid's SE trim. It's the entry-level trim, so it's a good way to go if you want to keep your payments low. Ford also offers almost all of the C-Max's higher-end features as options, so you can equip it with more if you want. Either way, we do recommend getting option group 201A, which provides the desirable Sync 3 infotainment system, smartphone integration, a larger 8-inch display, a power liftgate and rear parking sensors.

Edmunds' Expert Review

Overall rating

Born from the size-sensitive European market, where even compacts must haul families and cargo, the Ford C-Max packs plenty of capability into its small size. It has a bit of a crossoverlike look to it, but it's more accurate to think of it as a compact wagon or hatchback that's big enough for large tasks yet small and easy to manage for around-town driving.

This generation C-Max has been around for a while, but there's still a lot to like, including refined ride and handling and a comfortable interior done up in high-quality materials. A 2.0-liter engine and electric motor combine to produce 188 horsepower and about 40 mpg in combined city and highway driving. You can also get a plug-in hybrid version with a larger battery called the C-Max Energi.

It's worth noting that the C-Max Hybrid's powertrain doesn't deliver fuel economy as high as the mpg figures from some newer rivals. The latest Prius returns up to 56 mpg, for example, and the Hyundai Ioniq tops out at 58 mpg. Kia's new Niro, which has a body design similar to the C-Max's, also bests it with a 50 mpg rating. For most buyers, though, the 2018 Ford C-Max Hybrid should serve well as a versatile and reasonably efficient vehicle.

Ford C-Max Hybrid models

The 2018 Ford C-Max Hybrid is a five-passenger wagon available in two trim levels. The SE is priced for the budget-minded, but it's still very functional. Titanium models feature luxury accoutrements. A plug-in hybrid version, the Ford C-Max Energi, is reviewed separately.

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No matter which C-Max variant you buy, it'll come with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder gasoline engine paired with an electric motor powered by a lithium-ion battery pack. Combined output is 188 horsepower. Power is then sent to the front wheels through a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT).

The SE model's list of standard equipment includes 17-inch alloy wheels, dual-zone automatic climate control, a power-adjustable driver seat, a 60/40-split folding rear seat, a leather-wrapped tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, a rearview camera, a 110-volt, household-style power outlet, Bluetooth, voice commands, a 4.2-inch central display screen, smartphone app integration (including Pandora internet radio), and a six-speaker sound system with a CD player, a USB interface and satellite radio.

Major options are now grouped into packages, starting with the SE Driver Assist package that bundles a power liftgate, rear parking sensors, and the Sync 3 interface with an 8-inch touchscreen, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay and an extra USB port. The SE Comfort package adds heated mirrors, leather seating upholstery, a power-adjustable front passenger seat and heated front seats. Alternately, go for the Cold Weather package for just the heated mirrors and heated front seats. A panoramic glass roof, keyless entry keypad and a navigation system are available as stand-alone options.

The Titanium model adds foglights, automatic wipers, the heated mirrors and seats, leather upholstery, the power-adjustable front passenger seat, keyless ignition and entry, remote start, ambient lighting, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, and a premium Sony audio system with nine speakers and HD radio.

The Titanium Driver Assist package includes front parking sensors, a hands-free liftgate, a blind-spot monitoring system and automated parallel parking. The panoramic glass roof, a keyless entry keypad and a voice-controlled navigation system are offered as stand-alone options as well.

Trim tested

Each vehicle typically comes in multiple versions that are fundamentally similar. The ratings in this review are based on our full test of the 2013 Ford C-Max SEL Hybrid (2.0L inline-4 hybrid | CVT automatic | FWD).

NOTE: Since this test was conducted, the current C-Max has received some revisions centered around the infotainment system with the addition of Sync 3. Our findings remain broadly applicable to this year's C-Max Hybrid.


Overallundefined / 5


With its strong acceleration, sporty steering and handling, and confident demeanor, the C-Max Hybrid stands out as a performer in a class otherwise lacking a leader.


The C-Max Hybrid accelerates relatively quickly for a hybrid. In our testing, it accelerated from zero to 60 mph time in 8.1 seconds.


It produces about average stopping distances for its class, but the nontraditional hybrid braking system takes some practice, particularly when inching forward or back into a parking space.


Perhaps this isn't a quality most hybrid buyers value, but the C-Max's steering is one of the best in its class: It feels natural, precise, engaged and predictable.


With the exception of the idiosyncratic brakes, the C-Max Hybrid behaves very much like a European-flavored wagon in the way it drives — poised and confident.


With comfortable seating for four (five in a pinch), a firm but controlled ride, and a remarkably quiet interior, the C-Max Hybrid offers a livable alternative to the numb and lifeless hybrids we've grown to expect.

Seat comfort

The C-Max provides well-contoured and supportive front seats (optionally heated) and comfortable adult-size rear seats. The elevated seating position is similar to a compact SUV's.

Ride comfort

Ride comfort suffers only slightly as the result of its responsive handling. We still prefer the C-Max's sophisticated ride over an isolated and soft suspension.

Noise & vibration

The C-Max's interior is not only uncommonly quiet for a hybrid but also for wagons in general. There's little powertrain noise and even less wind noise than expected.


With solid construction, eye-catching design and roomy accommodations, the C-Max is a tough act to beat in the interior.

Ease of use

The C-Max provides sound ergonomics and even a couple clever, unexpected features.

Getting in/getting out

With large doors and seat heights somewhere between those of a compact SUV and a tall wagon, the C-Max is easy to access in either front or rear.

Driving position

The battery pack eats up only a slight amount of cargo room, not passenger space, which is generous for adults in all seating positions. Rear-facing child seats are welcome.


The C-Max has very good sight lines and outstanding outward visibility, especially out the front.


We like the C-Max's tight body gaps and solid interior build quality.


Due to the drive batteries, the C-Max's rear load floor is high. There's only 24.5 cubic feet of cargo capacity behind the rear seats, but you can fold down the rear seats to get a maximum of 52.6 cubic feet of space.


The C-Max comes with Sync 3, which is an easy-to-use infotainment system that includes Apple or Android smartphone integration. The C-Max lacks the latest driver safety aids, however, and you can only get blind-spot monitoring on the Titanium trim.

Consumer reviews

Read what other owners think about the 2018 Ford C-Max Hybrid.

Average user rating: 5.0 stars
13 total reviews
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Most helpful consumer reviews

5/5 stars, My C Max Titanium is a great car!
Titanium 4dr Wagon (2.0L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT)
This is my second c Max...I had a 2013 that I loved but it was totaled by a pickup cutting through 2 lines of traffic to make a u turn on Jan. 2, 2018. Without hesitation, I bought another c 2013 was totaled but I was not hurt...great safety records and airbags...lots of them protected me! This is a great car...great seating position...high enough to be comfortable getting in and out...great acceleration ...good storage area, mileage, comfy ride both as driver and passengers!
5/5 stars, Amazing car with excellent mileage
Bob D,
Titanium 4dr Wagon (2.0L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT)
I have had my 2018 for about 5 months; my wife has a 2013 SE C-max. Car is very comfortable, extremely quiet, accelerates and handles well (even in high wind). In Phoenix, averaged about 42 mpg in mixed freeway/local driving. Drove long term today for first time. Got 36 mpg driving up through the mountains in AZ, which I thought was good as never got more than 35 in the 2013 (and usually 30-31), but was blown away when I averaged 48 across NM. Only real complaint is that 8” screen with navigation and other features can only be controlled by touch, not by steering wheel controls. Does not have some advanced safety features like automatic braking.
5/5 stars, Excellent car
Titanium 4dr Wagon (2.0L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT)
I don’t know why the C-Max hasn’t been more popular in the US, because it is an excellent car. It is true that the mileage is not what it should be. I owned a 2013 C-Max which averaged about 33.5 mpg and I recently traded it in for a 2017 C-Max which is getting about 38 mpg. The car is extremely smooth to drive, is quiet, the interior is finished really well, the acceleration and handling is excellent and is overall it is an excellent car. I have to admit that I tow the car behind my RV and that is why I bought the new C-Max as I had all the towing equiment moved to my new car. The C-Max is one if the few cars that can be flat towed as an automatic. In conclusion, this is one awesome car with one minor flaw, it does not live up to Fords mileage numbers-no big deal. It is still five out of five stars. I would take the C-Max any day over a Prius. I guess that Ford is going to discontinue the C-Max. Well, it looks like they will lose my business in the future with that decision. 7/19/20: Older now, the car is still excellent. Since I want to tow an automatic car behind an RV and Ford no longer makes the C-Max, I will be looking at a Buick Encore GX-so long Ford.
5/5 stars, New 2018 CMax
Gerard Russo,
SE 4dr Wagon (2.0L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT)
I have now had my 2018 Ford C-Max for one year. I have approximately 10000 miles on it. I have experienced no mechanical problems at all. It drives and handles just as well as our Mercedes for half the price. Around town I average 55 plus mpg. On the highway, approximately 48 mpg. There is plenty of storage when you fold down the rear seats. I have had my oil changed twice since I live in south central Florida due to the high temperatures. I also purchased on line from Ford the ESP extended warranty which was very inexpensive and includes 3 free oil changes. I am very satisfied with my purchase.

Features & Specs

MPG & Fuel
42 City / 38 Hwy / 40 Combined
Fuel Tank Capacity: 13.5 gal. capacity
5 seats
Type: front wheel drive
Transmission: Continuously variable-speed automatic
Inline 4 cylinder
Horsepower: 188 hp @ 6000 rpm
Torque: 129 lb-ft @ 4000 rpm
Basic Warranty
3 yr./ 36000 mi.
Length: 173.6 in. / Height: 63.9 in. / Width: 72.0 in.
Curb Weight: 3640 lbs.
Cargo Capacity, All Seats In Place: 24.5 cu.ft.


Our experts like the C-Max Hybrid models:

Active Park Assist
Helps drivers find and park into parallel parking spots. Drivers only need to engage the brake and shifter.
Blind Spot Information System
Warns you if a vehicle is in your blind spot when initiating a lane change.
Lets owners manage vehicle safety settings for other drivers, such as maximum speed, radio volume limit and always-on traction control.

NHTSA Overall Rating 4 out of 5 stars

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration offers independent analysis.

Frontal Barrier Crash RatingRating
Overall4 / 5
Driver4 / 5
Passenger4 / 5
Side Crash RatingRating
Overall5 / 5
Side Barrier RatingRating
Overall5 / 5
Driver5 / 5
Passenger5 / 5
Combined Side Barrier & Pole RatingsRating
Front Seat5 / 5
Back Seat5 / 5
Rollover4 / 5
Dynamic Test ResultNo Tip
Risk Of Rollover14.3%

IIHS Rating

The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety uses extensive crash tests to determine car safety.

Side Impact Test
Roof Strength Test
Rear Crash Protection / Head Restraint
IIHS Small Overlap Front TestNot Tested
Moderate Overlap Front Test


Is the Ford C-Max Hybrid a good car?

The Edmunds experts tested the 2018 C-Max Hybrid both on the road and at the track. You probably care about Ford C-Max Hybrid fuel economy, so it's important to know that the C-Max Hybrid gets an EPA-estimated 40 mpg. What about cargo capacity? When you're thinking about carrying stuff in your new car, keep in mind that the C-Max Hybrid has 24.5 cubic feet of trunk space. And then there's safety and reliability. Edmunds has all the latest NHTSA and IIHS crash-test scores, plus industry-leading expert and consumer reviews to help you understand what it's like to own and maintain a Ford C-Max Hybrid. Learn more

Is the Ford C-Max Hybrid reliable?

To determine whether the Ford C-Max Hybrid is reliable, read Edmunds' authentic consumer reviews, which come from real owners and reveal what it's like to live with the C-Max Hybrid. Look for specific complaints that keep popping up in the reviews, and be sure to compare the C-Max Hybrid's average consumer rating to that of competing vehicles. Learn more

Is the 2018 Ford C-Max Hybrid a good car?

There's a lot to consider if you're wondering whether the 2018 Ford C-Max Hybrid is a good car. Safety scores, fuel economy, cargo capacity and feature availability should all be factors in determining whether the 2018 C-Max Hybrid is a good car for you. Check back soon for the official Edmunds Rating from our expert testing team Learn more

How much should I pay for a 2018 Ford C-Max Hybrid?

The least-expensive 2018 Ford C-Max Hybrid is the 2018 Ford C-Max Hybrid SE 4dr Wagon (2.0L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT). Including destination charge, it arrives with a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of about $24,120.

Other versions include:

  • Titanium 4dr Wagon (2.0L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT) which starts at $27,175
  • SE 4dr Wagon (2.0L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT) which starts at $24,120
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What are the different models of Ford C-Max Hybrid?

If you're interested in the Ford C-Max Hybrid, the next question is, which C-Max Hybrid model is right for you? C-Max Hybrid variants include Titanium 4dr Wagon (2.0L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT), and SE 4dr Wagon (2.0L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT). For a full list of C-Max Hybrid models, check out Edmunds’ Features & Specs page. Learn more

More about the 2018 Ford C-Max Hybrid

The 2018 Ford C-Max Hybrid is a five-passenger hatchback-wagon combo that prioritizes usability and efficiency. The fact that it's also rewarding to drive adds to the charm. As with some other compact Ford products, the concept of the C-Max was born in Europe, where efficient packaging is king.

There are just two trims, the C-Max Hybrid SE and the Titanium. They share identical powertrains and differ mainly in interior materials and technology features. The standard C-Max Hybrid SE, for example, comes equipped with 17-inch aluminum wheels, dual-zone automatic climate control, a power-adjustable driver seat, a rearview camera, a 4.2-inch touchscreen and a six-speaker stereo.

The Titanium adds foglights, chrome trim, interior ambient lighting, leather seat surfaces, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, a nine-speaker Sony audio system, push-button start, rain-sensing wipers and a reverse park assist system. There's also the Sync 3 interface, which includes an 8-inch display, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, and an additional USB port.

The C-Max Hybrid SE can be equipped almost like a Titanium through a variety of options packages. Ford provides just one options bundle for the C-Max Hybrid Titanium, dubbed the Titanium Driver Assist package. This package includes blind-spot detection, hand-free liftgate opening, forward park sensors and Active Park Assist, which helps drivers parallel-park. Both SE and Titanium trims can be equipped with a few stand-alone options, such as panoramic sunroof.

Pricing for the C-Max is competitive and typically comes in a bit less than that of rivals such as the Toyota Prius. For those who value fuel efficiency, good driving dynamics and usability, use Edmunds to help find the perfect 2018 Ford C-Max Hybrid.

Used 2018 Ford C-Max Hybrid Overview

The Used 2018 Ford C-Max Hybrid is offered in the following submodels: C-Max Hybrid Wagon. Available styles include SE 4dr Wagon (2.0L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT), and Titanium 4dr Wagon (2.0L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT).

What do people think of the 2018 Ford C-Max Hybrid?

Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2018 Ford C-Max Hybrid and all its trim types. Overall, Edmunds users rate the 2018 C-Max Hybrid 5.0 on a scale of 1 to 5 stars. Edmunds consumer reviews allow users to sift through aggregated consumer reviews to understand what other drivers are saying about any vehicle in our database. Detailed rating breakdowns (including performance, comfort, value, interior, exterior design, build quality, and reliability) are available as well to provide shoppers with a comprehensive understanding of why customers like the 2018 C-Max Hybrid.

Edmunds Expert Reviews

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What's a good price for a New 2018 Ford C-Max Hybrid?

2018 Ford C-Max Hybrid SE 4dr Wagon (2.0L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT)

The 2018 Ford C-Max Hybrid SE 4dr Wagon (2.0L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $24,995. The average price paid for a new 2018 Ford C-Max Hybrid SE 4dr Wagon (2.0L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT) is trending $9,956 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $9,956 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $15,039.

The average savings for the 2018 Ford C-Max Hybrid SE 4dr Wagon (2.0L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT) is 39.8% below the MSRP.

2018 Ford C-Max Hybrid Titanium 4dr Wagon (2.0L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT)

The 2018 Ford C-Max Hybrid Titanium 4dr Wagon (2.0L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $28,050. The average price paid for a new 2018 Ford C-Max Hybrid Titanium 4dr Wagon (2.0L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT) is trending $11,289 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $11,289 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $16,761.

The average savings for the 2018 Ford C-Max Hybrid Titanium 4dr Wagon (2.0L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT) is 40.2% below the MSRP.

Which 2018 Ford C-Max Hybrids are available in my area?

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Should I lease or buy a 2018 Ford C-Max Hybrid?

Is it better to lease or buy a car? Ask most people and they'll probably tell you that car buying is the way to go. And from a financial perspective, it's true, provided you're willing to make higher monthly payments, pay off the loan in full and keep the car for a few years. Leasing, on the other hand, can be a less expensive option on a month-to-month basis. It's also good if you're someone who likes to drive a new car every three years or so.

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