Can you think of a vehicle that has the fuel efficiency of a hybrid car, and the view and interior of a compact crossover? There is actually one, a wagon and is already available this year, the 2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid. The 2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid is a hybrid wagon which will try to compete with the Toyota Prius by combining the essentials of a hybrid car and crossover SUV into one. Take its powertrain for instance, which is a 2.0L engine connected to an electric motor and a lithium ion battery. The power output generated is 188hp, 121 lbs. of torque, at an estimated fuel rating 47 mpg in city and highway driving.
Inside, the 2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid does okay. Its cargo space is at 24.5 ft3, expandable to 52.6 ft3when the rear seats are folded. Critics say the materials were quite good, similar to those in the Ford Focus and Escape.
All 2013 2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid models come with power accessories, cruise control, dual-zone climate control, adjustable driver seat, and leather wrapped steering wheel. The dashboard features Sync (for smartphone integration), a 6-speaker audio system w/ CD player, auxiliary audio jack and iPod/USB interface.
Available on higher end models are features heated mirrors, keyless ignition/entry, leather upholstery, auto-dimming mirror. Optional features include satellite radio, MyFord Touch, navigation system, and a powered lift-gate.
Standard safety features for the 2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid include front side/side curtain airbags, driver knee airbag, integrated blind spot mirrors, antilock disc brakes, stability/traction control, 911 Assist through Sync on your smartphone, and MyKey for setting a speed and stereo volume limit. Optional safety features include rear parking sensors, a rearview camera, and automatic parallel parking system.
The 2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid price range is at $25,100 to $28,100. In comparing to the Prius, the C-Max Hybrid has lesser cargo space plus the Prius’ cabin is much quieter. The 2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid however is a bit more efficient, and faster at running purely on electricity.