The European C-Max includes an option for a trailer hitch. The C-Max manual for the Hybrid and Energi sold in the U.S. warns against towing but also includes two references to towing a trailer. On page 243, it states: “WARNING: Never tow a trailer with this vehicle. Your vehicle is not equipped to tow. No towing packages are available through an authorized dealer.” On Page 228, it states “When towing, the camera only sees what is being towed behind the vehicle. This might not provide adequate coverage as it usually provides in normal operation and some objects might not be seen. In some vehicles, the guidelines may disappear once the trailer tow connector is engaged.” On page 252, the manual states, “Trailers shall be covered up to $200 if the disabled eligible vehicle requires service at the nearest authorized dealer. If the trailer is disabled, but the towing vehicle is operational, the trailer does not qualify for any roadside services.”
I don’t know how adding a trailer hitch will affect your warranty, but if you need a bike rack, it’s a good site. Torklift Central has the Ford C-Max EcoHitch with a 1.25″ or 2″ receiver for $249.95 with a video of the installation. This hitch doesn’t require drilling and the installation is fast (less than 3 minutes in the video). Curt makes a 1.25″ trailer hitch for 1.25″ Hitch ($252.03) but it does require drilling and according to Curt takes 20 minutes to install. Here’s the Curt Hitch at Juicedhybrid.com for $159.00. The Draw-Tite Sportframe Trailer Hitch with a 1.25″ receiver from eTrailer.com is another option for the Ford C-Max. It requires drilling to install.
If you’ve added a hitch to your Ford C-Max or carry a bike or other external accessories, let us know what you like and don’t like.