2013 Ford C-Max Manchester
The 2013 C-MAX Hybrid, the all-new five-passenger MAV (multi-activity vehicle), and the 2013 C-MAX Energi, the production plug-in are exciting new models from Ford. For the money, the C-MAX could make a great choice for sprouting families that want a something a bit more exciting to drive than the typical minivan, with more comfort and better fuel economy than current small SUVs. Length and width of the C-MAX are nearly identical to small cars like the Corolla, Honda Civic and Mazda 3, but its wheelbase is several inches longer. It's also taller than the typical compact sedan, so interior space is maximized in the fashion of a more conventional minivan. That allows C-MAX to accommodate three rows of seats in a 2-3-2 configuration. Vehicles like C-MAX are popular in Europe, but its only current competitor in the United States is the six-passenger Mazda 5. The C-MAX Hybrid and the C-MAX Energi maximize technology to help you get the most out of your vehicle experience. Available SYNC with MyFord Touch is uniquely outfitted for the hybrid or plug-in hybrid experience when you combine it with SmartGauge with EcoGuide. With this combination, efficiency may be customized to display a leafy vine visual on the SmartGauge cluster screen. The more vines, the more efficiently you're driving. SYNC with MyFord Touch keeps you engaged with the world?and still lets you keep your hands on the wheel and eyes on the road.
Powering the C-MAX
Many advantages come with owning a hybrid, such as battery recharging (when utilizing the gas engine and regenerative braking) and the powersplit hybrid architecture?which allows the gas engine to work with the electric motor to maximize efficiency. The main difference between the C-MAX Hybrid and the C-MAX Energi is the plug-in capability. The C-MAX Energi has an external charge port and a larger advanced lithium-ion battery for an electric-only driving experience. The vehicle can fully charge easily overnight using either a standard 120V outlet or a 240V charging station outlet. Both the C-MAX Hybrid and C-MAX Energi have a new 2.0L hybrid I-4 powertrain that is combined with the electric motor to generate a projected 188 total system horsepower, delivering the responsive power you want when you need it. For drivers who like sharp, solid braking and quick lateral movement, the C-MAX is more fun to drive than a minivan. Its electric power steering is particularly pleasing, and it feels light and responsive by people-mover standards. The ride is comfortable, and C-MAX is quiet and impressively solid. In total, the C-Max drives more like a Corolla than a Sienna.
2013 C-MAX Design
It's not often that you come across a five-passenger hybrid vehicle that is this versatile. The 2013 C-MAX Hybrid and the 2013 C-MAX Energi are smart multi-activity vehicles. With the available hands-free liftgate, innovative storage options and cargo space, this vehicle is great for families or people transporting cargo who want to reduce their carbon footprint. The lower edge of C-MAX side windows slopes downward rear to front, creating a nice, tidy wedge shape, with expansive glass for great outward visibility. The front end is nicely sculpted, with big headlight clusters and a big, almost sneering lower grille in the shape of an Aston-Martin's. Cargo capacity behind the third row of seats is miniscule, less than 4 cubic feet. But the space for stuff expands to 25 cubic feet with the third row stowed, and to a maximum 60 cubic feet with the second and third rows folded. That's on par with the capacity of a small SUV.
Inside the Ford C-MAX
The Ford C-MAX seats seven in a vehicle that fills the same floor space as a Toyota Corolla. Access to the back seats is through sliding doors, which suggests minivan. From the passenger- and cargo-moving perspective, the C-MAX's sliding rear doors allow extra-big openings and easy access to the rear cabin. The second- and third-row seats are cleverly designed, with simple folding and storage and a number of easily adjusted configurations. There are airline-style dropdown tables on the front seatbacks. Inside, the dashboard looks and works great. Most of the switches sit in a slightly protruding center pod, clustered around a big, central knob that controls multiple functions. The hip point for front passengers, or basically the front seat bottom, is higher than that in the typical compact sedan. That makes for a higher seating position. It all provides a nice balance between a good view ahead and a planted, secure handling feel in the driver's seat. Available on both models is a hands-free liftgate to offer convenience. With the available Intelligent Access key in your pocket or purse, just place your foot under the bumper and the power liftgate will automatically open, providing easy access to the cargo area. Start your C-MAX with the push of a button. Just keep the Intelligent Access key on you or in the vehicle. Press the brake pedal, then push the start button, and it's as easy as that. For those times you're away from the vehicle, there's the available MyFord Mobile app for the C-MAX Energi. This smartphone app lets you monitor vehicle settings at any time.
The C-MAX Hybrid features a standard electronic stability system and antilock brakes, along with seven airbags including one for the driver's knees. Other safety features include Ford's programmable MyKey system and Sync 911, which pairs with your cellphone to automatically dial 911 in the event of a crash in which an airbag deploys. The C-MAX Hybrid is the first hybrid-only vehicle line from Ford in North America. The C-MAX Hybrid will feature such options as a hands-free liftgate, rain-sensing windshield wipers and MyFord Mobile. For more on this model, visit the official Ford C-MAX website!