Ford C-Max Reviews

C-Max Hybrid Reviews (C-Max Energi reviews are listed after the Hybrid reviews).

Ford C-Max Energi

2013 Ford C-Max Energi

I’ve listed the review for the C-Max Hybrid first because Daniel Gray spent considerable time driving and testing it (2 weeks and 900 miles) before creating this thoughtful review.  The Video review includes the text but adds much more detail., 2013 Ford C-MAX SEL Hybrid Review, 2013 Ford C-Max SEL Hybrid Video Review

The review is also more thorough than most. There are extensive comments that are enlightening., 2013 Ford C-MAX Hybrid Drive Video Review with Text

The rest of the reviews are in alphabetical order by source., 2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid review; And now for something completely different

AOL Autos, Review: The Ford C-Max Guide to the Galaxy; The new hybrid from Ford is much more fun to drive than Prius, 2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid [w/video]; No One Ever Said Dethroning A Prius Would Be Easy, 2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid; No Prius Killer, May 2, 2013, 2013 Ford C-MAX Hybrid Video Road Test & Review, by T.J.Keon, Dec 31, 2012., 2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid Road Test and Review, by Benjamin Hunting, Jan 25, 2013, 2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid Car Video Review and Test Drive, by Ron Doron, Feb 4, 2013

The Auto Channel, 2013 Ford C-Max Review, by John Heilig

The Auto Channel, 2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid SEL Review, by Carey Russ, Apr 4, 2013, 2013 Ford C-MAX Hybrid Review – Video; Ford targets Prius v with fuel-friendly family car, 2013 Ford C-Max vs 2013 Toyota Prius V Comparison – Text & Video, Jun 20, 2013, 2013 Ford C-Max; Ford’s excellent answer to the Toyota Prius, 2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid SEL Road Test; The 2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid SEL goes tire-to-tire with the Toyota Prius V, but does it come out on top?, May 16, 2013

AutomotiveReview, 2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid Review – Video, Oct 26, 2012, Road-Trippin’ with Ford’s C-Max, Jun 27, 2014, Driving Review – 2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid – In Depth Test Drive – Video, Apr 17, 2013, Comparison Test: 2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid vs 2013 Volkswagen Golf Wagon TDI, 2015 Toyota Prius v vs. 2015 Ford C-MAX: Which is Better?, Dec 9, 2014

Autoweek, 2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid SEL Review Notes, May 1, 2013

Autoweek, 2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid SEL review; Wondering how to get 47 mpg, Jul 19, 2013

Bakersfield Life, On the Road: Ford C-Max Hybrid, 2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid Video Review

CanadianMomEh, Ford C-Max Hybrid 2013 Review, Feb 13, 2013

Canada Free Press, Ford C-Max a surprisingly interesting drive, Feb 22, 2013

Carfanatics, 2013 Ford C-MAX Hybrid: Quick drive

Car and Driver, 2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid; Ford builds a Prius its own way, making it actually good to drive.

Car and Driver, 2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid; Making the Prius even more forgettable.

Carpages, 2013 Ford C-MAX Hybrid Review and Road Test, May 6, 2013, 2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid Video, 2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid, Expert Reviews

Chicago Tribune, Car review: Looks aside, Ford C-Max hybrid has leg up on Prius v

The Chronicle Herald – Wheels, The 2013 Ford C-MAX: Is this the hybrid that breaks the glass ceiling?

The Chronicle Herald – Wheels, Driven: 2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid, Feb 7, 2013, 2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid Review, Feb 6, 2013, Not a review but a useful set of comparison photos and descriptions: 1)Toyota Prius Liftback, Prius V and C-Max Seating Position Photos; 2) Prius Liftback, V and C-Max Cargo with Luggage; 3) Wayne Gerdes comments on the Prius Liftback, V and C-Max.

CleanMPG, Ford’s 47 mpg City/Highway/Combined Hybrid Ratings Ring Hollow, Wayne Gerdes, February 25, 2013 This comparison of the C-Max and Prius V is not a review but is loaded with information., 2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid, 2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid:Ford’s Prius-beater boasts better handling, power, Nov 19, 2012

Consumer Reports, We get a charge out of driving the new Ford C-Max Hybrid, C-Max Energi

Daily News, Ford C-Max hybrid review: A Toyota Prius killer fit for taller drivers, May 16, 2013

Detroit Free Press, Mark Phelan: Ford C-Max hybrid excels in affordability, fuel economy, Preview: 2013 Ford C-MAX Hybrid, Running for hybrid crown

eBay Motors, 2013 Ford Escape vs 2013 Ford C-Max, Jan 29, 2013.

Edmunds, 2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid Full Test, Ford C-Max Hybrid Video Review

ElectricForum, Review Ford C-Max hybrid car

EVWorld, Ford C-Max Hybrid: What Flubs? What Flaws?, Jun 28, 2013, Ford C-MAX a surprisingly interesting drive, Feb 22, 2013, Ford C-Max Hybrid

GreenCarReports, 2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid: First Drive

GreenCarReports, 2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid: Quick Gas-Mileage Test

GreenCarReports, Toyota Prius Vs. Ford C-Max Hybrid: Pros and Cons, Jul 29, 2013

GreenEnergyNews, Ford’s C-Max: Spot On

Hartford, Ford C-Max, Apr 17, 2013, 2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid Review – Video, May 15, 2013, 2013 Ford C-Max Energi Review, Jul 4, 2013

Jalopnik, 2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid: The Jalopnik Review

Jalopnik, 2013 Ford C-Max: The Not Jalopnik Review, Jun 3, 2013

JaredHeinrichs, 2013 Ford C-Max Review, Feb 10, 2013

Jus-A-CMax, 2013 Ford C-Max Review, Apr 20, 2013

Kelowna Capital News, Simple looking Ford C-MAX Hybrid loaded with technology

Kualalumpar, Ford C-Max Review – Video, Mar 2, 2013

Los Altos Town Crier, Ford takes over Electric Avenue (C-Max Hybrid and Focus Electric Reviews)

Los Angeles Times Cars, Car review: Looks aside, Ford C-Max hybrid has leg up on Prius v

LotPro, 2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid Review – Video, Apr 3, 2013

Luigi Benetton Communications, Learning Ford C-Max in-car technology, Oct 15, 2013.

MIke’s Vehicle Spotlight, 2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid SE – Video, Dec 3, 2012

Mother Nature Network, Driving Ford’s snazzy new C-Max Hybrid; A bit of a chameleon, this new $25,995 car offers good looks, stellar utility, and 47 mpg in the city or on the highway. If you try it, you’ll like it.

Motor Trend, First Test: 2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid SEL, Target: Prius V

Motor Trend, Ford C-Max Hybrid and Toyota Prius V Driven on Head 2 Head

Motor Trend, Comparison: 2012 Toyota Prius V vs. 2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid, From Apr 2013 Issue Motor Trend

MotorWeek, Road Test: 2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid

MSN Autos, 2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid: First drive review; The C-Max sets a new standard in all-around hybrid performance.


New York Daily News, 2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid accelerates with ease and drives like a much more expensive ride, Feb 7, 2013

The New York Times, Any Engine You Like, but Only if It’s a Hybrid

The News-Herald, Ford C-Max gives a push to making hybrids ‘normal’, January 29, 2015

The Oregonian, Eco Rides: Ford responds to demand for electrified cars with 2013 C-MAX Hybrid, May 11, 2013, Driver’s Seat: Ford C-Max Hybrid SEL: A smooth ride, but rough fuel numbers

Portland Tribune, 2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid: Great first try, May 17, 2013, My cold, cold week with the Ford C-Max Hybrid, Feb 6, 2013, The Ford C-Max Hybrid SEL, A Road Trip, and The Palinode Sporting Duck Lips, September 17, 2013, Ford C-Max Is Awesome, Sep 6, 2014, 2013 Ford C-Max Review: A Fun, Agile, Smart Little Car, Feb 11, 2013

Strategic IT, 2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid Review, Apr 6, 2013, Ford C-Max Hybrid talks, plays movies, and nags you while you’re parking – Review with Video, Mar 13, 2013, Life.  With C-Max.  Fuel Economy and All.  Will We See Maximization for C-Max?, Aug 11, 2013, 2013 Ford C-MAX Hybrid & Plug-in Energi 0-60 MPH Tech Demo, Review: The all-new 2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid does a lot with a little, Apr 16, 2013, C-Max wagon shockingly good, Jun 8, 2013

TorqueNews, Circumnavigating Colorado in Ford’s fun and efficient C-Max hybrid, Febr 20, 2013

Treehugger, Test-drive: Ford C-MAX Hybrid vs. Toyota Prius V, Mar 11, 2013

TriplePundit, C-Max Test Drive: Interactive, Fun, Affordable, Fuel Efficient, Jan 31, 2013

USNews, Ford C-Max Hybrid Review

USA Love List, American Auto Reviews: A Hybrid Car Made in The USA – The 2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid, Apr 17, 2013 – Text and Video

USA Today, Test Drive: Ford C-Max is eco-licious fun, Dec 14, 2012

Vancouversun, Ford offers up a pleasure-to-drive hybrid; An alternative to the Prius, the Focus-based C-MAX is bigger, less expensive, and handles better, Apr 5, 2013, 2013 Ford C-Max

The Wall Street Journal, Ford’s Fine C-Max Falls Way Short on MPG, Ford C-Max Rises Above Controversy, 2013 Ford C-MAX Hybrid Review; A hybrid that’s actually fun to drive., 2013 Ford C-Max Extended Review; Proving hybrid wagons can be fun to drive, Apr 4, 2013

The Weekly Driver, 2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid: New competitor for dominant Toyota Prius, Apr 16, 2013

The Weekly Driver, Ford C-Max hybrid, 2013: Can it challenge Toyota Prius clan?, Jun 3, 2013

The Weekly Driver, 2013 Ford C-Max: Prius challenger shines (video review), Jun 17, 2013, Review: 2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid

The Winding Road, Driven: 2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid

Ford C-Max Energi Reviews

Albuquerque Journal, JOLT OF VOLTS: Ford’s C-Max Energi plug-in hybrid makes the exotic normal, Sep 6, 2014

AuroraSentinel, Power to the people, in a 2014 Ford C-Max Energi, November 6, 2014


WITH THE LONGEST CAR NAME EVER – 2013 Ford C-Max Energi SEL Plug-in Hybrid

Auto Channel, 2013 Ford C-Max Energi Review, July 11, 2013, Carey Russ, First Drive: 2013 Ford C-Max Energi, 2013 Ford C-Max Energi Quick Drive; Does the 2013 Ford C-Max Energi out-Prius the Prius?, Comparison Test: 2013 Ford C-Max Energi vs 2013 Toyota Prius PHEV, August 15, 2013, Day-by-Day Review: 2013 Ford C-Max Energi, October 6, 2013, 2014 Ford C-Max Energi Review, October 3, 1014

Autoweek, 2013 Ford C-Max Energi Drive Review; Ford shoots for plug-in success between Prius and Volt

Canadian Manufacturing, Energi to spare; Ford’s C-Max Hybrid gives users a lot of run for their money, September 13, 2013

Car and Driver, 2013 Ford C-Max Energi Plug-In Hybrid; Searching for the PHEV sweet spot.

Car and Driver, 2013 Ford C-Max Energi Plug-In Hybrid Video

Car and Driver, 2013 Ford C-Max Energi Plug-In Hybrid; Timidly Going Where a Few Have Gone Before: Even as a science experiment, the C-Max plug-in hybrid is a qualified success, February 2013;  After reading this review, it will be clear that the writer wasn’t objective from his tone.  For a GM Volt owner’s perspective on this Car and Driver review, this forum topic is an interesting read.  For a C-Max Energi owner’s perspective on this Car and Driver review, this forum topic is an interesting read.  There are also many comments at backfires.caranddriver.

The Car Connection, 2013 Ford C-Max Energi: Driven, Jun 13, 2013

The Car Guide, Road Test – 2013 Ford C-Max Energi, Nov 19, 2013

Car Pro, 2013 Ford C-Max Energi Car Pro Review

Carfanatics, 2013 Ford C-MAX Energi; An Unlearning Experience, 2013 Ford C-Max Energi Review, Aug 9, 2013, Volt Versus All: How Does Chevy’s Plug-in Hold Up Against the Plug-In Competition?, Jul 2, 2014, A Brief Review On Ford C-Max Energi 2013, Mar 13, 2013, In Briefest Terms: Ford C-Max Hybrid energi, Jun 10, 2013

Chicago Tribune, 2013 Ford C-Max Energi: Car Stories, Nov 7, 2013 Not a review but similar.

The Christian Science Monitor, How to read plug-in hybrid specifications, Feb 3, 2013: Not a review but a good article for those choosing between a Volt, Prius Plug-in and C-Max Energi

CNET, 2013 Ford C-Max Energi: The most practical plug-in

CNET, 2013 Ford C-Max Energi review: The e-vehicle lifestyle, without the range anxiety – Text and Video Review, Feb 21, 2013

CNNMoney, Ford C-Max: Strange looking, fun to drive, Move over Toyota Prius, Ford C-Max Energi is a more engaging plug-in hybrid; The C-Max Energi shows that going green can be enjoyable, Mar 20, 2014, 2013 Ford C-Max Energi Review, Aug 19, 2013, 2014 Ford C-Max Energi Review, Aug 13, 2014

Earth2017tv, Ford C-Max Energi Test Drive 2013, Jan 25, 2013

Engadget, Ford C-MAX Energi plug-in hybrid test drive (video)

Examiner, Driven: 2013 Ford C-Max Energi plug-in hybrid trumps Prius v

Examiner, Ford C-Max Energi saves many gas station trips, Mar 2, 2013

Examiner, 2013 Ford C-MAX Energi may be a best choice for a plug-in hybrid vehicle, Jul 18, 2013

Forbes, The C-MAX Energi: Ford’s High-Tech Prius Killer

Forbes, 2013 Ford C-MAX Energi Test Drive And Review: Big Tech, Small Package, Jul 16, 2013, 2013 Ford C-Max Energi Review, Jul 8, 2013, 2013 Ford C-Max Energi Flaunts Her Electrons, Aug 9, 2013

The Globe and Mail, CITY DRIVE: 2013 FORD C-MAX ENERGI; Electric car makes Toronto traffic (almost) bearable, Aug 14, 2013, Review: 2013 Ford C-Max Energi, Jul 12, 2013, 2013 Ford C-Max Energi Plug-In Hybrid: First Drive, Why We Drive A Ford C-Max Energi And A Ford Focus Electric, May 31, 2013

GreenDivas, Road Trip – Ford C-Max Review 1: First Date, Feb 5, 2013, 2: Getting to Know You, Feb 6, 2013

Hartford Courant, A plug for the Ford C-MAX Energi, Jul 8, 2015, C-Max plug-in hybrid is the answer for high fuel prices, Sep 4, 2013, 2013 Ford C-Max Energi Review, Jul 4, 2013

IndyStar, 2014 Ford C-Max Energi is plenty plugged in, Sep 3, 2014

John Flores, Six Minutes in a Ford C-MAX Energi, Jun 3, 2013, Review: 2013 Ford C-Max Energi, Apr 8, 2013, Chevrolet Volt versus Ford C-Max Energi Extended Drive, by Lyle Dennis, the person that promoted the Volt by starting the forum.

Mashable, Ford C-Max Energi Feels Like the Car of the Future, Mar 31, 2013

Milwaukee-Wisconsin JSOnline, New Ford C-Max is a hybrid for families that want it all, May 17, 2013

Mississauga Life, Review: 2014 Ford C-Max Energi Plug-In Hybrid, Jun 20, 2014

Modern Mama, Ford C-Max Energi Review, September 11, 2013

Mother Nature Network, Driving the Ford C-MAX Energi; The Ford C-MAX Energi might be the perfect around-the-town car for this family, Jul 23, 2013

MotorWeek, 2013 Ford C-Max Energi Road Test

MotorWeek (PBS Video), 2013 Ford C-Max Energi, [Energi Video starts at 19:38], Mar 15, 2013 YouTube, 2013 Ford C-Max Energi Plug-In Hybrid First Drive : MPGomatic, 2013 Ford C-MAX Energi Test Drive to NYC – 60 MPG? – Video, May 8, 2013

Nanaimo Daily News, Ford C-Max Energi plug-in hybrid is great for around town or hitting the open highwayJun 26, 2014

NWautos, Auto review: Base Ford C-Max Energi is well-equipped, May 9, 2013, Ann M. Job, AP

The Oakland Press, Ford’s C-MAX Energi is a plug-in hybrid that doesn’t skimp on power — TECH TIME AUTO REVIEW, Feb 11, 2013

The Orange County Register, Ford’s Prius fighter? C-Max Energi

Popular Mechanics, 2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid Energi

The Street, First Drive: Ford C-Max Energi

The Street,  Endurance Test: Ford C-Max [Energi] Takes On Chevy Volt

TG Daily, Ford C-Max Energi plug-in hybrid buzz powers up

TorqueNews, A brief outing in the brilliant 2013 Ford CMAX Energi, May 28, 2013

TriplePundit, Ford’s C-MAX Energi Matches Fuel Efficiency With Performance, Review: 2013 Ford C-Max Energi Plug-in Hybrid (with Video), Jan 25, 2013; This review contains misleading statements about the cost of the C-Max Energi over the Hybrid ($8,700?) and also the payback period in fuel costs but it’s a review, so I’m listing it.

txGarage, Full Review of the 2013 Ford C-Max Energi – a better plugin-hybrid, Mar 27, 2013

The Virginian-Pilot, Ford C-Max Energi: Fuel efficient and endearingly dorky, Feb 20, 2013

The Wall Street Journal, Ford C-Max Hybrid Energi: The bawdy electric, May 31, 2013

The Washington Times, 100 MPGe with the 2014 Ford C-Max Energi, Sep 21, 2014, Ford C-Max Energi road test, Sep 5, 2013

Vancouver Courier, Energi takes hybrid tech to the max; 2013 C-Max is part of Ford’s new electrified vehicle range, September 12, 2013, 2013 Ford C-Max Energi, Aug 8, 2013, 2014 Ford C-Max Energi Review, Nov 21, 2014, Review: 2013 Ford C-Max Energi SEL, Jul 20, 2013

Winding Road, Driven: 2013 Ford C-Max Energi

Yahoo Autos, 2013 Ford C-Max Energi enters the battle of the plug-ins: Motoramic Drives




6 thoughts on “Ford C-Max Reviews

  1. Hi all,

    I am new to thisblog and very disappointed with Ford and my 2013 Cmax Energi. Poor MPG (34) and EV is only 8-9 miles here in Michigan sometimes. I paid a lot for this car and it has been a total joke compared to what Ford claims. Myfordmobile has never worked right and EV off peak charging faulty and required me to install a 220v timer to prevent car from charging during peak hours. I filed small claims and go to court next week wed 24 June 2015. Is anyone else having these problems in Ann Arbor/Detroit area and interested in being a charater witness against ford?? If so please respond I could really use some help in my fight against these guys. Thanks.

  2. We are very happy with our energi. We typically get 21 to 25 miles per charge here in Portland, OR. With the recent heat wave, the estimate jumped to 35 miles this morning! (though I am doubtful it will actually get 35 miles). Has anyone else gotten such a high estimate?

    • I’ve had at least 39. The estimate is based on recent driving. It may not have anything to do with the heat wave. One way to get a very high estimate is to drive downhill (a slight grade is sufficient). The estimate will then be very high the next time you drive.

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