Kelley Blue Book Value®
$8,466 - $32,950
Used Fair Market Range
Crash Test Rating
Source NHTSA
MPG (up to)
42 City / 38 HWY
Horsepower
188
Seats
5
Front passenger 3/4 w/ wheels turned.
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Kelley Blue Book Value®
$8,466 - $32,950
Used Fair Market Range
Crash Test Rating
Source NHTSA
MPG (up to)
42 City / 38 HWY
Horsepower
188
Seats
5

Expert Review

By Kelley Blue Book Editorial Staff

Editor's Overview

It was only a matter of time before Ford developed a vehicle worthy of giving the Toyota Prius a run for its money. The all-new 2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid and its plug-in sidekick, the Energ...

Ford C-Max Models & Trims

2013 Ford C-Max Owner Reviews

4.43

99 Reviews

58% 34% 5% 2 star 0% 3%

Owner reviews are verified by our team and cannot be altered or removed.

Space versus Gas Mileage is incomparably better to similar models.

The Ford C-Max is advertised as "Best in Class" for hybrid gas mileage and for size/internal space. The trouble is, the MPG advertised never lines up with actual MPG if you drive faster than a granny in terms of cruising, acceleration, deceleration, braking, etc. I manage to get an average of 31 MPG for daily driving around town, but highway mileage varies as once the car reaches 60 MPH the engine automatically engages and electric mode is not possible. That means your best mileage is local driving and not long-distance. It is rather spacious, the seats fold down flat in the back but the rear seat anchors to side beams which make the overall width of the back somewhat deceiving (it takes about 5 or 6 inches away from the overall width in just that section with the beam, which means you don't get the full space). The radio/stereo system is Microsoft SYNC which can be problematic if you do not have the latest firmware updates. Sometimes bluetooth will not connect with modern smartphones, and the only way to fully "turn it off and on again" is to turn off the car, remove the key, and open the driver door, then start the car again...kind of a pain if you lose bluetooth connection while traveling down the highway, as you might imagine. Other than that, it is a little crowded in the rear seats and they do not recline. It was difficult to find a model of car seat that would fit in the rear seats without crowding the driver or passenger leg room�all I can say is, shop around and make sure the return policy is good wherever you buy the car seat, those things are deceptively bigger once you get them in the back of the C-Max. Would definitely buy another, but 2013 is the latest year they produce and they changed the model starting with 2014 (I think it's called a Fiesta now?) so it's smaller and less efficient on gas to buy the same car as a newer model.

- Ryan S

Ford c-max is perfect. Even after five years.

My Ford hybrid c max (2013) is the perfect car for me, a single woman. I have an Australian shepherd who can fit either in the back compartment or backseat. She is 10 years old and because of her hips must use a ramp to get into the car. This ramp fits perfect.ly with my c max. The backseat. Collapses in two portions which makes traveling with luggage convenient. Both the front and the back seat have cup holders for 2 cups. As for mileage, over the five years I have owned this vehicle, I am accomplishing 44. 5 miles per gallon on each fill (with air conditioning on) using highway driving, city driving, and hills. The air conditioning comes on immediately as does the heater. The benches are very comfortable. I do have a back problem and so the comfort of both front seats is extremely important to me. The radio is clear and has many adjustments one can make to it. I plan on keeping this c max for a minimum of another five years. I love my hybrid c max, I feel I am doing something very good for the environment and my health.

- Diane O

The savings on gas. I currently get about 45mpg.

The best part of the c-max engine is the amount you save on gas. I tend to drive without thoughts of saving and get about 45mpg. It is also a smart car, so I enjoy hands free calls as well as all the options for the radio/etc. On the steering wheel. It is small enough that it fits into pretty much every parking space. I do also like all the extra features. The best being opening the trunk with your foot when your hands are full of groceries, etc. The negatives are outweighed by the positives. Having an energy car means there is half the trunk space. When I rented a normal c-max, I was quite impressed with the trunk and would need to consider that if I get an energy vehicle in the future. Also, because everything is automatic, you need to make sure your keys are on you a all times. . . Not always easy to remember after I leave the house.

- Yvonne S

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Compare Models & Key Features

Front passenger 3/4 w/ wheels turned.
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Front passenger 3/4 w/ wheels turned.
Key Specs

Overview

Kelley Blue Book Value

Kelley Blue Book Value
$9,295 - $11,044
$8,466 - $10,133

Horsepower

Horsepower
188 hp
188 hp

Bluetooth

Bluetooth
Optional

BackUp Camera

BackUp Camera
Optional

Engine Type

Engine Type
2.0L Atkinson
2.0L Atkinson plug
2.0L Atkinson
2.0L I4 HYBRID ENGINE
Interior Features

Convenience & Comfort

Alarm

Alarm

BackUp Camera

BackUp Camera
Optional

Keyless Entry

Keyless Entry
Optional

Universal Garage Door Opener

Universal Garage Door Opener

Rain Sensing Wipers

Rain Sensing Wipers

Heated Mirrors

Heated Mirrors
Optional

Power Mirrors

Power Mirrors

Cruise Control

Cruise Control

Power Windows

Power Windows

Rear Defrost

Rear Defrost

Premium Sound System

Premium Sound System
Optional

Automatic Parking

Automatic Parking
Optional

Power Steering

Power Steering

Dimensions

Front Leg Room

Front Leg Room
40.4 in.
40.4 in.

Front Head Room

Front Head Room
41 in.
41 in.

Rear Leg Room

Rear Leg Room
36.5 in.
36.5 in.

Second Head Room

Second Head Room
39.4 in.
39.4 in.

Entertainment

Bluetooth

Bluetooth
Optional

MP3 Player

MP3 Player

Satellite Radio

Satellite Radio
Optional

AUX Input

AUX Input

CD Player

CD Player

Heating & Cooling

Climate Control

Climate Control

Dual Zone

Dual Zone

Navigation & Communication

Navigation System

Navigation System
Optional
Optional

Seats

Passengers

Passengers
5
5

Heated Front Seats

Heated Front Seats
Optional

Pass Through Rear Seat

Pass Through Rear Seat
Exterior Features

Accessories

Standard Wheels

Standard Wheels
Aluminum
Aluminum

Power Liftgate

Power Liftgate
Optional
Optional

Hands Free Liftgate

Hands Free Liftgate
Optional

Rear Spoiler

Rear Spoiler

Dimensions

Wheelbase

Wheelbase
104.3 in.
104.3 in.

Turning Radius

Turning Radius
ft.
ft.

Length

Length
173.6 in.
173.6 in.

Width

Width
72 in.
72 in.
Mechanical Specs

Engine & Performance

Weight

Weight
3607 .lbs
3607 - 3859 .lbs

Horsepower

Horsepower
188 hp
188 hp

Torque

Torque
ft. lbs.
ft. lbs.

Maximum Tongue Weight

Maximum Tongue Weight
.lbs
.lbs

Gas Electric Hybrid

Gas Electric Hybrid

4wheel Disc Brakes

4wheel Disc Brakes

Performance Tires

Performance Tires
Optional
Optional

Engine Cylinders

Engine Cylinders
4 Cylinder

Drivetrain

Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive
Front Wheel Drive

Fuel

Fuel Capacity

Fuel Capacity
13.5 gal.
13.5 - 14 gal.

Combined

Combined
21 - 19 mpg
39 - 39 mpg

City

City
42 mpg
38 - 40 mpg

Highway

Highway
37 mpg
38 - 40 mpg

Transmission

CVT Transmission

CVT Transmission
Optional
Optional
Safety Features

Features

ABS Brakes

ABS Brakes

Tire Pressure Monitor System

Tire Pressure Monitor System

Child Safety Locks

Child Safety Locks

Rear Parking Sensors

Rear Parking Sensors
Optional
Optional

Assistance

Automated Emergency Braking

Automated Emergency Braking

Air Bags

Driver Airbag

Driver Airbag

Passenger Airbag

Passenger Airbag

Front Side Airbag

Front Side Airbag

Front Head Airbag

Front Head Airbag

Rear Head Airbag

Rear Head Airbag

Passenger Airbag Sensor

Passenger Airbag Sensor

Knee Airbag

Knee Airbag

Safety & Reliability

NHTSA Crash Test
  • Front

  • Overall

  • Rollover

  • Side

*National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

IIHS Crash Test
  • Moderate Overlap Front

  • Side

  • Roof Strength

  • Driver-side Overlap Front

*Insurance Institute for Highway Safety