Welcome to my blog for the Ford C-Max.  My wife and I own a Toyota FJ Cruiser, a Jeep Wrangler Rubicon, lease a Nissan Leaf and now own a Ford C-Max Energi.  She loves the SUV feel of the FJ, except when she gets into it with a dress.  With regard to her attitude toward the Rubicon, let’s just say the Jeep is too oriented to getting me to backcountry locations in the mountains or desert.  She wants a small SUV or crossover that gets exceptional gas mileage and runs on regular (the FJ uses premium gas).

For many months, we checked out lots of small SUV or crossover vehicles – Toyota RAV4, Honda CR-V, Mazda CX-5, Subaru Forester, Mini Cooper Countryman, Volkswagen Tiguan, Hyundai Tucson, Ford Escape (2012 and the new 2013) and others.  The problem with all of these is the gas mileage is just not that great.  A small SUV with exceptional gas mileage just doesn’t exist.  So, we checked out the Toyota Prius V.  We liked the Prius V, but weren’t convinced it was the car for us.

In the early summer of 2012, I read articles on the Ford C-Max Hybrid and Energi.  Although we later ordered a C-Max Energi, our circumstances changed during the 5-month wait until delivery.  When inexpensive leases became available on the Nissan Leaf SL, I suggested to my wife that we test drive one.  She drove it.  She loved it.  We came out of the Nissan dealership with an inexpensive two-year lease on a Leaf.

When the C-Max Energi was delivered in January 2013, the Utah Ford dealership demanded the price we originally agreed on, even though I could order one for far less from other dealerships.  I looked for any justification possible to buy the C-Max Energi.  I just couldn’t.

Being still smitten with a C-Max Energi addiction, we finally bought one August 23rd, 2013 for thousands less and a Ford Credit loan of 0% for five years.  Thank you Ford.  Ever since that summer day in 2012, I’ve been intrigued with this new vehicle.  When I’m not backpacking and hiking, I’m often researching, reading, and writing about the Ford C-Max.  This is my blog for it.



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  1. I can’t find any information on the government or IRS sites that the C Max (PHEV) will be elgible for the $3750 credit this tax year. The car does meet the specifications but the government does not list it on their sites. I plan to buy one but might hold off until next year.

  2. Thanks. Your blog is great and allows me to make an informed decision. I drove one last week. A local dealer (NJ) has two of them but not the base PHEV model that I want. Another local dealer just got two of them in and they are a Costco dealer. They have the base model that I want so I will check them out next week. Another local dealer gave me a price quote of $1814 under MSRP (USAA buying service) but they don”t have one in stock yet. They might be able to get one from another dealer.

    • It looks like you’re doing well at getting a very good price. If you get a Costco quote, it should be an excellent price. Let me know about your success with the Costco buying service. Afterwards, I will renegotiate with my dealer on the order I have placed.

  3. Hi Craig,

    I’ve been following your blog for a few weeks now and have learned a lot about the Ford C-Max SEL I bought back in November. Like so many others, the best MPG I’ve been able to obtain is in the high 30s (it’s got over 3K miles on it now). And like so many others have said, I *do* like it a lot — just wish the fuel mileage were closer to the advertised.

    I don’t know if you know about it, but there is now a new C-Max group over in the Yahoo Groups that seems to be getting more members (and more messages):



    • Hello Rick, I am aware of several forums where C-Max owners are posting, but I wasn’t aware of the Yahoo Autos one. Thanks.

  4. What are the dimensions of the cargo area with the seats up (length and width)? All I can find is the volume. I read with the seats down the length is around 65 inches.

  5. Craig and others,
    Please check out my “fuelly” vehicle, C-Max Energi vehicle listed under moniker “Solar Power”. I’ve found a way, I think to track accurately compare and track C-Max Energi fuel efficiency using fuelly. Please let me know what you think.

    Also, if you know another website that work better for accurately sharing C-Max Energi or PHEV vehicle fuel efficiency in general please let me know.

  6. I saw a post where you mentioned dealer’s selling a few hundred below invoice on Energi orders. Could you point me to those? Thanks!

    • They were quotes I had months ago – they are not relevant now. I asked for quotes from at least 12 dealers in Utah, Denver, and Las Vegas. The Denver dealers were most aggressive on pricing. All you need to do is find EV certified dealers in areas you would be willing to pick up the car using the Ford website, contact all of them via email, and let them know you want their best price on an Energi order. Before going ahead, make sure you know what fees they will be charging you.

  7. My wife and I puchased a Ford C-Max Hybrid in February 2013. We love our little hybrid and have been completely satisfied except for one very disturbing deficiency.

    Five times since we have owned it, we have come out, and found the car completely electronically dead. By this I mean that there is no response to any buttons on the remote, the only way to enter the car is by using the key in the driverside door, and with the key inserted in the ignition, there is absolutely no response to any actions. The solution is to get another 12V battery (or equivalently a power pack) and touch the jumper cables to the battery posts. As soon as that happens the car wakes up and is fully functional. The battery is not discharged and shows no signs of the earlier catetonia.

    I have worked for nearly three years with a local Ford dealership where we bought the car, but they cannot find anything wrong with it. Two months ago I left with the dealer for three days while a mechanic worked with an engineer from Dearbon trying to find the source of the problem to no avail. At that point the service department said that they were filing a request for a Ford buy-back. After several weeks I was informed that our car did not qualify for the repuchase program, but was refused any written justification for that decision. I was advised to seek arbitration from the Better Business Bureau.

    As former software developer I have been very willing to give Ford all the time that they needed to find a solution to our problem, but now it looks like we have been sold a $25,000 lemon. Has anyone else had similar troubles with a C-Max?

  8. Craig, thanks for the suggestions. I have already posted to that forum, but I’m not sure just where it should go–there are so many not-quite-right topics.

    As I said, my battery is not discharged. When it comes alive, the battery is fully charged as well as I can tell. I didn’t think to put my volt meter on it.


    • I think putting your volt meter on is a good suggestion. It’s one more piece of data that wouldn’t take long. With our car, I think I’ve failed to turn it off – but I could be wrong. It’s happened twice. I jumped it both times. The next morning it wouldn’t start until I jumped it. Is it possible that I’ve experienced the same problem as you? Yes. I really don’t have any proof but the 12 Volt battery was definitely low. I don’t recall the exact message, but the display said something like a low voltage warning. Lights wouldn’t go on, etc.

  9. Have a 2014 Ford C-Max Energi, push the auto button, set the temp & fan, air off. Every time I turn the ignition off this auto setting goes back to high fan with the air on, have to reset this auto button every time, what am I doing wrong?

    • I don’t think you’re doing anything wrong. My ’14 does the same, maybe senses ambient temp and decides some parameters for us. It is annoying though – if you forget to turn off you can inadvertently lose precious range.

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