Ford C-Max is a compact mini-van initialy produced for European market in Saarlouis, Germany. It was launched in 2003 and that model was based on a Ford C1 platform, same as Ford Focus and Mazda5. Sometimes is Ford C-Max called Ford Focus KPV because of the resemblance with its much more popular cousin. Regular European C-Max trhrough two generations and in 2011 Ford launched a C-Max hybrid-only version that will go on sales on American market. This model, 2015 Ford C-Max Hybrid was presented on North American International Auto Show. Ford planned to make C-Max the most affordable hybrid vehicle in the United States.
Design – Interior and Exterior
Although C-Max is presented to be a mini-van, it also bears resemblance to the hatchbackk and wagon, so we are not really sure in which one of these categories we should put it. Anyhow it looks much less appealing then Ford Focus and it has much more conservative shape. It has a trapezoid grille in the front part which can be seen in lot of other Ford models these days, so there’s more or less nothing original that can be atributed to this model.
Interior also looks like you are driving a Ford Focus, although the dashboard is much more colorful with little bit higher attention to detail. Interior is definately the best feature C-Max has and accept its nice styling it has a lot of space isnide the cabin, as well as in the cargo area. There are numerous additional features you can choose when buying this vehicle like: MyFord Touch voice-control system, satellite radio, Rear Park Assist package, heated front seats and much more.
Under the Hood
Comparing to other hybrid models C-Max really has something. It comes with 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine and electric motor system. Its hybrid system can pull out 194 horsepower in the combined mode and people say it is much more fun to drive then Toyota Prius. If you drive it on electric-pnly mode it can reach top speed of 62 mph and it capable of driving thousand miles on that mode, if you recharge it regularely. It comes with 1.4-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery.
2015 Ford C-Max Hybrid Price
Price for the 2015 model year is not out yet although since the purpose of launching this model on the American market was to make the cheapest hybrid vehicle it will definitely be less expensive then Toyota Prius.
Ford C-Max Hybrid doesn’t offer much, but since is one of the cheapest cars on the market you should consider it, if you decide to buy a hybrid vehicle.