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2013 Ford C-Max: Prius challenger shines (video review)

decade after its debut in Europe, Ford unveiled the C-Max in the United States in the fall of 2012 as the carmaker’s hybrid-only line. It’s available as a gas-electric hybrid and the Energi, a plug-in hybrid. It’s not available in a gas-only model.

Ford’s goal is simple: It wants to infiltrate the long-standing dominance of the ever-expanding Prius family.

And the carmaker is onto something with the Ford C-Max. It’s easy to like because like other hybrids, it has a quiet push-button start and a quiet overall demeanor. But it also performs with the acceleration, steering, braking and overall feel of a non-hybrid.
Ford all-hybrid line for 2013

2013 Ford C-Max

I drove the highest-end Ford C-Max SEL edition for a week and primarily during several weekday round-trip excursions from Sacramento the San Francisco Bay Area. I like a lot about the C-Max.

It has a grand, near-panoramic view from the driver’s perspective. Like the Honda Fit, two small front side windows add to the overall open feel of the Ford C-Max.

While it isn’t the fastest-accelerating wagon around, once the Ford C-Max reaches any cruising speed of at least 40 mph, the C-Max gets its “second speed.” I quickly and efficiently sped around on the freeway and easily passed several drivers with confidence.
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