Consumer Reviews Summary
17 of 19 (89%) customers said they would recommend this vehicle to a friend.
2014 Ford C-Max Hybrid Overview
- Debuted in 2013
- Competes with the Toyota Prius V
- 45/40 mpg city/highway
The 2014 Ford C-Max Hybrid is a family and eco-friendly vehicle that offers a useful combination of cargo/passenger space and fuel economy.
The C-Max Hybrid made its debut last year as an alternative to Toyota’s larger, family oriented hybrid, the Prius V. Both have tall, swoopy profiles which offer plenty of headroom and in both cases, about as much cargo room as a small crossover. The C-Max Hybrid’s exterior styling is similar to what you’d see on the smaller Ford Fiesta, if you imagined grabbing the small hatchback by a corner and dragging it out. A horizontal lower grille is the defining exterior feature and adds some visual flair to what is otherwise a pretty conservative package.
Power comes from a hybrid system which combines a 2.0-liter inline four-cylinder engine that runs on the efficient Atkinson cycles and an electric motor powered by a lithium-ion battery. Total output is 188-hp, run through a standard continuously variable transmission. The electric motor/battery is powerful enough to propel the C-Max Hybrid on its own at speeds of up to 85 mph. Fuel economy figures check in at 45/40 mpg city/highway. An EcoGuide gauge displayed on the dashboard offers feedback on driving habits, helping to maximize fuel efficiency.
Inside, the 2014 C-Max Hybrid offers plenty of standard features, including dual-zone automatic climate control, cruise control, USB/auxiliary audio input, SYNC with voice recognition, and a leather wrapped shift knob and steering wheel. Also available on the options list are MyFordTouch haptic controls, heated front seats, leather upholstery, satellite radio, navigation, and HD radio. Behind the 60/40-split folding rear seat is 24.5 cubic feet of cargo room, which expands to 52.6 cubic feet with the seats folded.
Standard safety features include seven airbags, four-wheel antilock disc brakes with emergency brake assist, electronic stability control, and traction control. Ford’s MyKey system is also included, which provides peace of mind for parents of teen drivers; it allows them to set driving controls such as maximum speed and audio volume settings, and provides safety reminder alerts to help reinforce good safety habits for young drivers.