The C-Max Energi we ordered in August was built today. I think the C-Max Energi is an impressive car. I agree with numerous positive reviews. I’ve spent a ton of time reading and writing about it. I plan to continue to write about it. We found another car that fulfills our current needs better though. The dealer will get the C-Max Energi. I’ll get my deposit back. They’ll most likely sell the first C-Max Energi delivered to Utah over MSRP. Here’s the car we got instead:
ConsumerReports.org states the predicted reliability is much better than average. The owner satisfaction is much better than average. The car has a ConsumerReports overall score of 78 in the small car category (only four cars were ranked higher). It has a unique style. My wife thinks it’s cute! It’s easy to get in and out of. The back seat has ample leg-room for tall adults. It’s a hatchback with good cargo capacity when the rear seats are down. It comes standard with navigation, backup camera, XM radio, Bluetooth and a USB port. It has lots of electronic goodies. The climate control can even be adjusted with an iPhone. It has heated front, passenger and rear seats. It gets well over 100 mpg. It can be refueled at home. There are refueling stations located at Walgreens and all over the country that are free. Owners report refueling for free 85% of the time at public refueling stations. In Utah, driving in HOV lanes is free for a single occupant. In Salt Lake City, parking is free in metered parking spots. The U.S. Government encourages it’s purchase with a big tax subsidy that can be obtained by anyone when they lease the vehicle. What’s the catch? It will only go 250% of the average distance a car is driven in a day (30 miles). I can live with that. It’s a Nissan Leaf SL, the perfect companion to my Toyota FJ Cruiser. I now have a “garage hybrid” with fantastic off-road ability when I need it. We drive the Leaf at least 70 percent of the time now. The FJ Cruiser has been used for one 600-mile trip and to help move my daughter. We seldom visit the gas station anymore. There is less depreciation of our FJ. We spend a lot less on gasoline. We save so much on depreciation and gas that it more than covers the lease payments on the Leaf and electricity used.
Maybe we’ll reconsider the C-Max Energi in the future. For now, I’ll just write about it.