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C-Max 2014 performing well...UPDATE 3 years later

richard_brown, 06/18/2014
SE 4dr Wagon (2.0L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT)
46 of 46 people found this review helpful

I've had the C-Max for 3 month, and it's *great*. I'm above 52 MPG in my little commutes around our generally flat Southwest town -- have not taken it on freeway or long trips. It's very comfortable for the driver and passenger (not sure about that back seat), is zippy when it needs to be, and it's nice being elevated like a mini-SUV. I don't use the Sync system except for my MP3 player which sounds good. I'm spooked by the refuse-to-start reviews...and the other day the battery was dead! I just returned from a month-long trip, so I'm hoping that's the cause...and Ford is working on the issue judging by the forum posts at fordcmaxhybridforum.com...but still!!! UPDATE ALMOST 3 YEARS AFTER PURCHASE: The Ford C-Max is still *great*. At almost 20,000 miles the cumulative MPG is 51.9 -- I buy a tank of gas once per month or less (I'm in a warm climate in Arizona -- the MPG goes down during the cooler months). Ford fixed the "refuse-to-start" issue that I mentioned in my original post. I took it back to the dealer a couple of times, and the last time they did a software update to fix it -- that's where cars are nowadays! The C-Max is still comfortable, zippy and well-designed...actually I think the design is excellent with holders and controls placed where the driver can use them. I've taken it on a few 5-10 hour trips and it performed flawlessly (the MPG goes down at high speeds but is still in the 40+ range). All-in-all, I am a very satisfied customer. ANOTHER UPDATE ALMOST 4 YEARS AFTER PURCHASE: The Ford C-Max is still going great at almost 28,000 miles. The MPG is up to 52.7 after a hot summer. No complaints, and I've got my fingers crossed as we get into the car's middle age...hopefully I can keep it for another 2-3 years.. ANOTHER UPDATE 5+ YEARS AFTER PURCHASE: The Ford C-Max is still doing well after 41,000 miles. The MPG is at 51.5 after a ~900 mile road trip to San Diego -- it was 51.9 before the trip -- the electric drive is not used much on the freeways. I am still very satisfied with the car...too bad Ford is not making them anymore! :(( ANOTHER UPDATE ALMOST 7 YEARS AFTER PURCHASE: I moved from Arizona to Minnesota and it's minus-3 degrees outside...bit different climate! The Ford C-Max is still chugging along in spite of the cold...seems to take it in stride though the mpg has dropped from ~50 to low-40s or less. The heater is on a lot (I didn't use the a/c much in Arizona) and the cold seems to reduce the battery use. The odometer is around 53k miles, since I was not driving far in Arizona even before Covid, and now drive once every few days. The C-Max performed flawlessly driving across country this summer. We'll see how it stands up to the freezing temps -- it does seem to strain when it's ridiculously cold -- hopefully I will get a year or two more of satisfied driving.

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2014 4K review

hounder219, 11/04/2014
SE 4dr Wagon (2.0L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT)
25 of 25 people found this review helpful

Just a review of what I think so far. I have a 2014 SE without nav. I got this car because of I will be on the road quite a bit in the next few years a needed a good MPG car. Just completed a 3,200 mile trip with some 8 to 13hr runs and seating and controls are great. Front seats are awesome the rear not great. I'm 6'2" and felt very comfortable. This is my first SYNC car and the BT worked very well. Loved how all the controls worked and felt after the learning curve was completed. The car itself is very solid and quite. Not like the Prius or Honda Civic which I felt a bit like a tin can. Viability is awesome as are the mirrors. Update. Got 17,000 on the Cmax now. No problems except a rear strut/shock leaked oil and was replaced. Other things I've noted are that if the road is rough the interior noise is quite high. Not sure if different tires would make a difference. Update 22,000. Only problem is our 12v battery died and was replaced for free. One other thing about this car that I have come to hate. Turning Radius ! I swear my truck has a better turning radius.

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Great Car!

Dennis Molgaard, 08/08/2015
SEL 4dr Wagon (2.0L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT)
18 of 18 people found this review helpful

If you make several short trips a day, you will use no gas. It go's about 21 miles on all electricity before it switches to hybrid mode, which it does very smoothly. On a long trip of about 1000 miles, all hybrid I got 43 miles per gal. I normally drive about 15 miles a day back and forth to work and never use gas. It cost about .60cents to fully charge the batteries. So the cost of electricity, equal to the cost of gas, would give you about 100 MPG depending on the price per gallon of gas. * UPDATE - I have had the car for 3 years and still love it. Only had to replace the battery that initiates the starting of the car. There is a separate 12volt battery in the back of the car next to the battery pack. The dealer didn't know that and it took a day for them to learn about that. ** Edmunds shows this as a 2015. It is a 2014 *UPDATE - We have had the car 5 1/2 yrs and it is still a great car. It is a plug in electric and the large battery pack only goes about 10 miles now on a full charge, then switches to hybrid mode. It gets about 38 miles per gallon on a long trip on the freeway. We have had no repairs except the fog lights quit and an electrical switch board had to be replaced under warranty. We replaced the tires at 65,000. My wife loves the car.

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Even after all these years, we still love it!

Rick_M, 03/14/2015
SE 4dr Wagon (2.0L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT)
21 of 22 people found this review helpful

Another update. Still liking the car, great comfort for a small car, good mpg and no issues other than needing to replace the brakes again because they rust due to low usage (We tend to use the regeneration braking so there is little use of the mechanical brakes) Another update: About 5-1/2 years, 86,000 miles and still loving it. No repairs other than front brakes and tires, routine oil changes. Mileage holding good, averaging around 41-42 MPG. Update: Almost 3yrs and ~50,000 miles we still love it! It's been trouble free, smooth ride, good all-around commuter. Still averaging 42mpg but see 50 & 60 on some trips. The sweat spot seems to be 50 mph. It doesn't do so good on interstate at 70-75 mph, it'll get about 39 mpg then. But in city or rural it does great. We have our C-Max Hybrid for about 4 months & love it! My wife drives 22 miles 1/way to work and during the winter months she has seen 50 MPG on her drive and 4 month average of about 39 MPG. Now that it has warmed up she has seen 52.9 MPG over the 22 mile drive. I am a engineer and I will say I am impressed with the hybrid control system! Very smooth when gas engine starts/stops. We have learned to leave the heater off for short trips in town because if you have the heater turned on it will start the gas engine to give heat but in a one mile trip it's not going to warm it anyway. Leaving the heater off it will drive via electric vehicle.

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Could not be more pleased with our C-MAX

redneb1, 11/28/2014
SEL 4dr Wagon (2.0L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT)
16 of 17 people found this review helpful

10,000 miles, 9 months. Getting 44 MPG all around. Very quiet, extremely comfortable, good performance. Have had zero issues. This is the first new car I have owned that hasn't had some defect in the first year. Better than 2 new Toyota's I have owned. Gauges / dash info system is excellent. Sound system is excellent. Fit/finish excellent. Glad to buy a car like this made in Michigan by UAW. 5/2018; 52,000 miles. We still absolutely love this car. No issues whatsoever. Had a couple of recall items which were handled by our dealer quickly and efficiently. We’d definitely buy another. In fact, our satisfaction with this car led us to purchases a 2018 Fusion Hybrid which we now have in addition to the C-Max. Update 11/16. 34,000 miles, 32 months. We love this car. It has been every bit as reliable as two previous Toyotas we have owned. We considered the Prius before purchasing the C-Max, but found the Ford offered much more car for the money including more features and technology (ours has the park assist option). We would definitely buy this car again. Update 12/18. 58,000 miles. We still love our C-Max, so much so that we would buy another if we could. We are sad that they have been discontinued. We did however, buy a Fusion hybrid for our daughter and we like it too.

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