The C-Max comes out very well when compared to all the other vehicles I was considering. Gas mileage and family set my search constraints. The Ford C-Max provides great features for the price, but just a little less more room than the Prius V. Luggage area is limited, but this is a very comfortable car for the two of us. Spacious comfortable Interior - I never felt bad in my hatchback, but after being in the C-Max for a while, I feel like I'm in a submarine when I get into my hatchback again. So far I am very happy with it.
So amazing with gas mileage combined as of now 45mpg. . We found that the Prius V had decent acceleration at speeds below 55, but at highway speeds, the acceleration was very lacking. The cloth seats don't have adjustable lumbar and become tiring on long trips. I would recommend C-Max to everyone looking for a nice hatchback or good driving hybrid car. Cons: MyFordTouch does everything, 2 phones, 2 ipods, navigation, but it did freeze up and needed to be rebooted 4 times in 2 years.
Torque to weight ratio: again, right up there with the Accord. Also the torque at startup from a dead stop is very very nice. I love that the C-Max feels solid and substantial. It is funny to drive as hybrid car and ride is very well balanced amd handling is great. It's very comfortable and accelerates quickly.
It shows up in position 72 out of 78 at one website when searching for cars over 40 mpg. Then, I test drove the C-Max. Dealership told me it had it and has the book for it but no satellite radio. Cargo room, seats up and seats down - roomy enough because it has more volume than my hatchback, but I have a comment on this later as well. It is way better than I thought. Smooth and quiet ride - It has a nice smooth and very quiet ride.
So I get it that they can't and don't want to over-rate it, but those low numbers were one of the main reasons I did not spot the C-Max in my initial searches for suitable vehicles. Cargo room behind the seats and with seats folded down flat even : better than my hatchbacks! Comfortable Seats - I don't want motorized seat adjustments, thanks. Pros: The power is worlds better than the Prius or Civic Hybrid and feels effortless. The only time I notice is when the engine starts immediately when I lift my foot from the brake, or when it starts when at idle because the battery is low. I drove it on some winding mountain roads on one trip, and I could swear it handled better and rolled less than my little Civic hatchback. The back seat, ummmm, not much leg room, but g'kids fit just fine.
Horsepower to weight ratio: right up there with my wife's Accord. I've really love with the huge open cabin and hatchback flexibility. Also, we will probably sacrifice a little fewer mpg's than the Prius. Having said that, my wife loves the Blue-Tooth interface to her cell phone and the hands free sound quality in the car. At that time, the Toyota was off the table at several thousand more dollars than the Ford. When you need to move quickly on the highway, this will move. Some of them comment on how it is too quiet, because they're not used the engine not running at idle.
And that brings me to my next point: the transition from electric motor to the 2. That's totally fine for me, because we're still going from 17 mpg to at least 37 mpg. That's the benefit from the electric motor, and is common to the hybrid and electric designs. My friends that ride in the C-Max comment on how it is very comfortable and quiet! I found that highway speed acceleration was as good or better than a regular gas car, and that we could gain better mpg's in the city. .
It's just very stable and smooth. Safety systems - taken a bit for granted these days, but I appreciate the potential of the safety improvements of this vehicle as I'm getting older, and this vehicle seems to be well rated. For me that's a welcome relief after years bending my neck sideways. I can fold one seat down next to her. Disclaimer: I've been a Ford fan for 30+ years! The spec's for the C-Max compare very well on all parameters of importance to me.
We take it everywhere, gas mileage is awesome. . . . .