If you are thinking that the Prius is the best hybrid car on the market today, you’ve got to look a lot closer at some of the newer car brands and models for this year. Apparently, the new 2013 Ford C-Max has a lot to boast about when compared to the Toyota Prius. Test drivers have been noting its better handling, more impressive mileage, and its new features as its best-selling points. It is a new car for the US markets but it has been seen for a couple of years already in the European turfs. In terms of performance, the 2013 Ford C-Max gives out more than one could expect from a hybrid. The acceleration is smooth and does not give a hint when there is a shift from gas to electric power. While there are drivers who are saying that driving around in this car could be harsh, they could not deny that it has way more advantages when it comes to handling. Braking is something that would feel a bit different but drivers could easily get used to it.
An electric motor is coupled with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine to make this car capable of giving out 188 horse power. Unlike most hybrids in the market today, this one could go to 60 MPH on electric power alone. The best thing about it now is the fact that its fuel economy rating of 47/47 MPG could be tough to beat. This means that the driver could enjoy better value for the gas money that will be spent. On a full tank, it could cover 570 miles which far better than the range of the Prius. The car could also come in the plug-in version which is true a best-seller.
The all-new 2013 Ford C-Max also carries all the standard interior, tech, and safety features found in all models across the fleet of the company. The base model which is the Hybrid SE comes at a starting MSRP of $25,200 which is already seen as a very good deal by many car buyers.
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.
One of the greatest achievements that Ford could boast of at the current times is their creation of a hybrid plugin car. It is very apparent that issues on fuel costs as well clean energy sources has been influencing many car makers to shift to the electric or even just the hybrid types. The result now is a bigger range of option for those who are planning to buy a car that could be deemed as a wise investment. With the launch of the new 2013 Ford C-Max Energi Plug-In Hybrid, the Prius plugin hybrid and Chevy Volt finally has a worthy competitor.
Is this car really the perfect one for us? Many of those who will look more on what is under the hood would definitely see its real value. The appearance of the 2013 Ford C-Max Energi Plug-In Hybrid would give a hint of resemblance to the Ford Fiesta. This is understandable since it really has been patterned after it. The car has been designed to be high. On the driver’s seat, it would give lots of headroom due to its rising roofline. Passengers could also enjoy more head room and a legroom that is quite not available in many of Ford models.
In terms of performance, the powertrains of this car consists of a 2-liter, 4-cylinder gas engine and an electric motor that gives out 118 HP. The combined power of these two would yield a total of 188 HP which is fairly good for those who have regular driving needs. Many of us will be surprised by its MPGe rating which has been tested to be at 108 city/92 highway/100 combined. On city roads, it drives like a regular electric car which is quiet but responsive to acceleration pushes.
It takes at least 2 hours to charge the batteries of this car but it will be worth it if we will be running 18 miles or less per day. The distance between visits to the gas station could be increased and therefore more savings would be accumulated. This is why ownership of the new 2013 Ford C-Max Energi Plug-In Hybrid is being seen as easier and economical.