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2013 Ford C-MAX Energi Test Drive And Review: Big Tech, Small Package – Forbes

Jason Fogelson, Contributor
I cover luxury automotive, motorcycles and related topics.

VEHICLES | 7/16/2013 @ 7:30PM |3,531 views
2013 Ford C-MAX Energi Test Drive And Review: Big Tech, Small Package
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Driving an electric vehicle isn’t for everybody. For all of the potential environmental and economic benefits, there are real issues of range and convenience to deal with. One way to take advantage of a lot of the electric benefits while sidestepping some of the disadvantages is with a plug-in hybrid setup. The latest hatchback to hit the market is the 2013 Ford C-MAX Energi Plug-In Hybrid, which carries a $32,950 price tag ($37,435 as tested), along with a 3-year/36,000-mile basic warranty, a 5-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty and an 8-year/100,000-mile warranty on unique hybrid components. The EPA estimates that the C-MAX Energi will achieve a combined 43 mpg when it runs on gasoline; or 100 mpge when running on electricity and gasoline.

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With a 104.3″ wheelbase, 173.6″ length, 63.9″ height and 72″ width, the C-MAX is compact but not tiny. Just 5.5″ of ground clearance encourages you to stay on the pavement. Exterior design is not a great strongpoint of the C-MAX. It’s a very conservative, two-box setup, with a steeply raked windshield and contours that look like they were designed to cheat the wind. A little taller than the prototypical hatchback design, but still sleek and smooth. A gently-rising shoulder line connects the front and rear lamps, tying both ends of the vehicle together nicely. A liftgate provides access to the cargo area ― 19.2 cubic feet behind the second row, 42.8 cubic feet with the second row folded. The Lithium Ion battery pack takes up a good amount of space here, mounted beneath the load floor, but the remaining space is still quite useable.
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