Learning How to Operate the C-Max with Ford Videos

Ford has produced many videos illustrating the operation of the C-Max Hybrid or Energi.  They are disorganized and mixed with videos for other vehicles.  I’ve listed the videos that are applicable to the C-Max below.  Captions of videos that apply only to the C-Max Energi start with Energi.  Other videos are for both vehicles.


Pressurized Gasoline Fuel Door

Energi Fuel Freshness and Oil Maintenance

Energi Charging

Energi Installation of a 240V Charging Station, Note: This is not required.  A 120V Charger is included with the Energi.  There are also other 240V solutions which I wrote about in a earlier blog.

 MyFord Mobile (Videos for Energi Only)

MyFord® Mobile – Introduction and Registration for your Ford C-MAX Energi

MyFord Mobile – Smartphone Features for your Ford C-Max Energi

MyFord Mobile – Programming your Ford C-MAX Energi Charge Settings

MyFord Mobile – Website Features for your Ford C-MAX Energi

C-Max Energi Gauge Detail

Ford C-Max Energi Gauge Detail

Instrument Panel

Instrument Panel Cluster Display

Energi Instrument Panel Overview, Short Version

Energi Instrument Panel Overview, Long Version

Energi Display Mode: Range, Inform, Enlighten, Engage, Empower and MyView

Energi, EV Now, EV Later, and Auto EV

Energi EV Range and Instantaneous Fuel Gauge

Fuel Economy Menu in Instrument Panel Cluster Display

Trip and Lifetime Summary

Setting Trip Data


Integrated Blind Spot Mirrors

Improving MPG

Brake Coach

EV+ and ECO Cruise Control


Electric Park Brake Control

Headset Adjustment

Rain Wiper Control

Rain Sensing Wipers

Power Window Control

Power Liftgate Features

Foot-activated Liftgate

C-Max Energi MyFord Touch Sony Audio

Ford C-Max Energi MyFord Touch Sony Audio System Front View

SYNC, MyFord, Navigation and RearView Camera

MyFord Touch – Programming your Ford C-Max Energi Charge Settings

MyFord Touch – Programming your Ford C-Max Energi Go Times

SYNC with MyFord Touch: System Settings/Master Reset

Using the 8-inch Touch Screen

Getting Help and System Information

Changing the Display Brightness

SYNC Services

MyFord Touch Overview

Using Voice Commands

SYNC with MyFord Touch Climate Control

Using Auto or Dual Mode Climate Controls

Setting the Temperature to “My Temp”

Heated and Cooled Seats

Heated Steering Wheel

Clean Pairing a Bluetooth Phone

SYNC Hands-free Features, Auto Call Transfer, Phone Book Download, Call and Text with Voice Commands

Making a Phone Call

Receiving an Incoming Call

Receiving a Call with Privacy Mode

Do Not Disturb

Receving & Sending Text Messages

Vehicle Health Report and 911 Assist App and Installing new Ford Software

SYNC AppLink, Controlling Apps with Voice Commands

Navigation: Setting My Home

Navigation: Setting a Destination

Navigation: Saving Favorite Destinations

Navigation Route Options

Getting Directions with SYNC Services

Rear View Camera Settings

Setting the Clock

Settings: Enabling Valet Mode

Setting and Adjusting Ambient Lighting

Adding Wall Paper to the Home Screen

SYNC Music and Audio on iPhone Controlled with Voice Commands

Setting Radio Presets

Playing Music from an iPhone or other MP3 Player via USB

Playing Music from an iPhone or other MP3 Player via Bluetooth

Choosing Entertainment Features by Voice

This blog was edited on January 6th, 19th and March 31, 2013.


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Ford C-Max Hybrid and Energi Crash Testing

There are two groups that test vehicles for safety in the U.S.  The National Highway Traffic Safety Adminstration, NHTSA, and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, IIHS.  The results of the NHTSA tests are found at the Safercar website.  The testing procedures were made more rigorous in 2011 as explained by Edmunds.com, “NHTSA Revises Five-Star Safety Ratings.”  Ratings for vehicle model years before 2011 cannot be compared with 2011 and later because the testing procedures changed.  The NHTSA has finished testing the Ford C-Max Hybrid and Energi.  The Ford C-Max Hybrid and Energi have not been tested by IIHS.  The overall NHTSA rating is four stars out of five, frontal crash is four stars, side crash is five stars and rollover is four stars for both the Hybrid and Energi models.  If you’re interested in watching Ford C-Max vehicles destroyed, there are videos on YouTube for the Hybrid of the pole crash, frontal crash and side crash tests and for the Energi pole crash, frontal crash and side crash tests.

The response to an emergency for the Ford C-Max Hybrid and Energi are different from most vehicles because of the high voltages used for these hybrids as explained in, “Emergency Response for The Ford C-Max.”  Ford has published an emergency response guide for the C-Max Hybrid and Energi.  It may be useful for C-Max owners to read the guide and/or keep a copy in the C-Max.

C-Max Energi High Voltage Disconnect

Ford C-Max Energi High Voltage Disconnect

This article was first published January 18, 2013 with the Hybrid crash testing.  It was updated March 29, 2013 after testing for the Energi model was completed.


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Los Angeles Times: C-Max Energi Is Fuel Car with Best Mileage, Lowest Price

Ford C-MAX Energi

Ford C-MAX Energi is very fuel-efficient for the price

The Los Angeles Times published an article on March 12th, 2013 for the “Top 10 cars: best gas mileage, lowest sticker price”.  To create the list, they divided the car’s base price by its EPA rating for combined fuel economy.  Electric vehicles such as the Nissan Leaf were excluded from the list.  That gave plug-in electric vehicles (PHEV) the upper hand, because the MPGe combined was used for them rather than MPG used for all the other cars on the list. The Ford C-Max Energi was top on the list with a cost per MPGe of $329.50.  That doesn’t take into account the $3751 federal tax credit or tax rebates in states that lower the cost even more.  [The IRS has now stated that the tax credit is $4,007.  It was previously listed at $3751 and stated by Ford as $3750.]  Although one can argue that using both MPGe and MPG gave PHEVs an unfair advantage, I think it is very clear that if you can drive your Ford C-Max Energi largely on electricity, it hits the sweet spot for base price versus fuel economy.

This blog was updated September 27, 2013.

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