2013 Ford C-Max
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.
2013 Ford C-Max
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.
2013 Ford C-Max
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.
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