Ford C-Max is the new kid on the American block. That’s right – the company decided to introduce this hybrid vehicle to the States only a couple of years ago. I’m not sure about all the marketing cobwebs, but it’s definitely good news. Some folks claimed right from the start that this strategy won’t pan out. They said America is too good for European-heavy hybrids, plus, they’ve got the Prius and Golf on top of the local market – hard to break through. Can’t argue with that; besides, tiny family hatchbacks and gas/electric powered hybrids are all-around pretty versatile, but they’re not exactly crowd pleasers, to say the least. On the other hand, if you don’t care about the “talk to talk” and only think about “walking the walk”, then I’ve got even more god news for ya: if you’re looking for a solid family hatchback with tons of strong sides and only a few minor flaws, then the Ford C-Max 2016 could very well be the best pick for you.
Take the powertrain, for example: I know that family folks don’t really care about top-notch horsepower or 0 to 60 acceleration speed, but they do very much care about fuel-efficiency, and the Ford C-Max 2016 offers plenty of that.
It’s no secret that the “Max” operates on the same exact hybrid powertrain set-up as the “bigger brother” Ford Fusion Hybrid, and that’s a 2.0-lit 4-cyl gas-powered engine combined with an electric motor. Together the two engines are capable of a total of 188HP, which makes the 2016 C-Max one of the strongest vehicles in its segment. In addition, it still manages to deliver a very impressive Estimated MPG: you’ve got about 40 miles per gallon of combined city/highway driving. That’s not as huge as what Toyota achieves with the Prius (50 mpg), but it’s still pretty close to the Japanese legend.
European Royalty In The Interior
On the other hand, the good European manners come in handy on the American market: the Ford C-Max 2016 has an amazing interior, with great design and comfy seats, and that, along with refined driving characteristics makes it one of the most user-friendly and enjoyable hybrids in the world, which is a pretty big achievement these days. You’ve got top-notch materials, pretty great styling and design, as well as a very unique feel of comfort. And while the standard-level model’s dashboard and controls are a bit clumsy and complex, I strongly recommend getting the optional Sync 3 infotainment system that’s a huge step forward compared to the old MyFord Touch interface. The new touchscreen is sleek, and it’s packed with a revamped menu system that “understands” gestures like pinching for zooming and swiping for scrolling back/forward.
Ford C-Max 2016 – Same Cargo Capacity As Before
The Ford C-Max 2016 offers greater cargo capacity than the current compact sedans and/or hatchbacks on the market, but fall a bit behind the similarly priced competition in the segment. As for the back seats, they’re amazing: comfort level is superb, and the passengers have more than enough legroom (for the kids to shuffle) and headroom (for the adults to feel comfy). The downside is – there are only 24.5 cubic feet of cargo space behind the back seats. That’s identical to what the latest Ford Focus offers.
If you go ahead and lower the back seats you’ll get a total of 52.6 cubic feet of space. This way, the brand-new C-Max tops the Focus easily, but it still can’t compete with the market leading Prius V, or any modern-day small crossover SUV, for that matter. The same was true one year ago, with the 2015 year model. Some folks were hoping for Ford to step their game up for the 2016 edition, but the truth is we’re stuck with what we had before. Well, it is what it is.
Body Styles, Techy Features And Safety Equipment
Alright, so, the Ford C-Max 2016 edition is a 5-passanger, 4-door hatchback/wagon. As for the trim levels, you’ve got 2 to choose from: SE and SEL – the same as last year. The SE is one of the best basic-level trims in the whole industry. I kid you not! It comes packed with 17-inch alloy wheels, cruise control, dual-zone automatic climate control, a leather-wrapped tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, Bluetooth/USB connections, a 6-speaker audio system with radio, a CD player, the Sync system (it’s a voice-command-based system), and a bunch of other useful stuff.
If you’ve got some bucks to spend, consider the special equipment bundles – 201A, 202A and 203A. With the first one you’ll get ambient interior lighting (pretty cool, but not vital), a power liftgate (pretty useful), and rear parking sensors (if you’ve got some troubles with parking, then you definitely need this feature). The 202A pack adds the fancy new Sync 3 touchscreen interface with an 8-inch screen and satellite radio. The third one – 203A – offers all the above and plus a navigation system. The SEL trim is packed with every single thing I just mentioned, with the exception of navigation and that liftgate. Plus, it’s got foglights, automatic wipers, keyless ignition and entry, leather upholstery, heated front seats, an 8-way power driver seat, and more. Yep, it’s quite a treat, and it will cost you 29/30+K MSRP (the standard SE, on the other hand, is worth 27K MSRP).
Ok, that sums up my review of the Ford C-Max 2016. It’s a hell of a pick for those who like comfort, style, amazing handling and technological features. As for the weak sides, the latest “Max” is a bit shy on the cargo space and can’t really compete with the Prius in terms of fuel-efficiency (well, nobody can). What do you think about this car? You wanna buy it? Or do you think it’s a poor choice for the price tag? Share your thoughts in the comments!
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