2013 Ford C-Max Energi
A few weeks ago we tested Ford’s new C-Max Hybrid. This 5-seat multi-purpose vehicle impressed us with its high mileage…47 MPG across the board…and everyday practicality with its Prius beating passenger and cargo room.
Now, we’ve had a change to spend some time in the second C-Max installment, the plug-in C-Max Energi. And, once again, Ford has aimed it at Prius, but specifically the Prius Plug-In.
C-MAX Energi output, 188-horsepower, is the same as the Hybrid, as is the 2.0 liter I4 engine and electric motor combo. Unique to Energi, however, is the larger 7.6 kWh, lithium-ion battery pack.
At 240 Volts, a recharge takes two and a half hours, providing up to 21 miles of EV only range. Our first all-EV drive in and around San Francisco yielded in the teens, but still more than we ever managed in a Prius Plug-In.
The Energi has a Government Fuel Economy rating of 100 MPGe Combined. Compared to 95 MPGe for the Prius Plug-in. Maximum gas-electric range for the C-Max Energi is a bladder bursting 620 miles.
Energi cargo room is down from the C-MAX Hybrid, however, with almost 10 cubic feet sacrificed for the taller battery pack. With all seats in use, that puts it slightly behind the Plug-in Prius.
An exclusive EV+ mode learns a driver’s most visited destinations through GPS, and remaps the hybrid system for maximum efficiency while en route.
The 2013 Ford C-MAX Energi is available now, starting around $34,000.
Engine: 2.0 liter I4
Price: Starting around $34,000