Released because of the European market, where even compact cars must be able to carry family and cargo, Ford C-Max has many capabilities in its small size. It has a crossover look, but is more appropriately referred to as a compact wagon or hatchback for a big task yet small and easy to drive around town.
This C-Max generation has been around for a long time, but is still widely preferred, including smooth handling and ride as well as a comfortable interior with high quality materials. The 2.0-liter engine and electric motor combine to produce 188 horsepower and about 40 mpg in combined city and highways. There is also a plug-in hybrid version with a larger battery called C-Max Energy.
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Trim, Features and Engine Specs
The 2018 Ford C-Max Hybrid is a five-passenger wagon available in two trim levels: SE for the budget-minded and Titanium for luxury features.
Standard equipment for the 2018 Ford C-Max Hybrid SE includes 17-inch alloy wheels, a rearview camera, dual-zone automatic climate control, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, a power-adjustable driver seat, a 60/40-split folding rear seat, Bluetooth, a 4.2-inch central display screen, voice commands, household-style power outlet, a 110-volt, a six-speaker sound system with a CD player, satellite radio and a USB interface, smartphone app integration with Pandora internet radio.
Optional Driver Assist package for the SE includes rear parking sensors, a power liftgate, the Sync 3 interface with an 8-inch touchscreen, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, an extra USB port. The Comfort package adds leather seating upholstery, a power-adjustable front passenger seat, heated mirrors and heated front seats. The Cold Weather package just adds heated front seats and heated mirrors. A keyless entry keypad, panoramic glass roof and a navigation system are available as stand-alone options.
The 2018 Ford C-Max Hybrid Titanium adds remote start, keyless ignition and entry, automatic wipers, foglights, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, the heated mirrors and seats, power-adjustable front passenger seat, leather upholstery, ambient lighting, and a premium Sony audio system with HD radio and nine speakers.
The Driver Assist package for Titanium includes a hands-free liftgate, front parking sensors, automated parallel parking and a blind-spot monitoring system. A keyless entry keypad, panoramic glass roof, a voice-controlled navigation system are offered as stand-alone options.
Under the hood, the 2018 Ford C-Max Hybrid has powered by a 2.0-liter four-cylinder gasoline engine paired with an electric motor powered by a lithium-ion battery pack. Together, they produce a total of 188 horsepower and sent to the front wheels through a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT).
In performance testing, a C-Max Hybrid accelerates from zero to 60 mph in 8.1 seconds. That’s faster than the Toyota Prius. EPA fuel economy stands at 40 mpg combined (42 city/37 highway).
Inside, the 2018 Ford C-Max Hybrid cabin offers a quiet interior that looks like on other highly-praised Ford models, which can be said to score highly for material quality and design. Storage is a plus, thanks to the front console, an overhead console and beneath the rear floor.
All controls are well placed and easy to operate. The new Sync 3 interface which is standard on the Titanium trim level is an enhancement, with an 8-inch touchscreen that supports swipe and pinch-to-zoom gestures.
In front, the seat is supportive and comfortable, and the high crossover-style driving position offers a better view than the smallest hatchback or wagon. The rear seat passengers will also be comfortable, thanks to the abundant leg room and headroom.
For utilities, the 2018 Ford C-Max Hybrid offers more cargo space than a common sedan or hatchback, but less than a small crossover SUV and wagon. Due to the battery under the cargo floor, there is only 24.5 cubic feet of cargo capacity behind the rear seat. Folding down the backseat opened up 52.6 cubic feet of space.
Release Date and Prices
The 2018 Ford C-Max Hybrid release date is not yet available, but with production set to begin in October, its expect to roll into dealers in November. The 2018 C-Max Hybrid will compete with the Toyota Camry Hybrid, Toyota Prius and Hyundai Sonata Hybrid.
Pricing for the 2018 C-Max Hybrid will start from $24,995 for the SE trim and up to $28,050 for the Titanium trim (include destination fees).