2018 Ford C-Max Review


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2018 Ford C-Max Overview

The Ford C-Max first came out in the US market for 2014 as a domestic gas-electric hybrid option. This year therefore sees little in the way of change, other than two new paint colors. A reversing camera was made standard last year. The 2018 Ford C-Max is still available in either base SE ($24,120) or Titanium ($27,275 trim levels). The C-Max can be had as either a standard hybrid or as the “Energi” plug-in hybrid.

Under the short hood of the C-Max sits a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder gasoline engine that works with a dual-motor hybrid system. Combined, they make 195 horsepower, enough to easily move in traffic. Both versions of the C-Max have regenerative braking and can travel on electric power alone at lower speeds, but the Energi plug-in can make more of its electric powertrain. Whereas the standard car has about a mile of all-electric range, the Energi plug-in can do about 20 miles and travel at up to 62 miles per hour on electric-only.

The C-Max performs admirably in the fuel economy department with a rating of 38 mpg city, 24 highway, and 40 combined.

The C-Max is fairly tall, making it very roomy for its class. Even though batteries under the rear of the car cut down on luggage space, the C-Max has 25 cubic feet of storage space with the rear seats up. When the rear seats are folded, that expands to 52 cubic feet. The extra space required by the Energi plug-in’s equipment drops these numbers to 19.2 and 42.8 cubic feet, respectively. In addition to the main storage area, there are extra bins in the floor of the rear passenger area.

Base C-Max SE models come standard with a 4.0-inch display screen in the dashboard, a reversing camera, dual-zone automatic climate control, six-speaker audio, keyless entry and a 120-volt power outlet in the rear cargo area. Opting for the C-Max Titanium model adds keyless ignition, ambient LED lighting, rain-sensing wipers, 10-way power front passenger’s seat and leather upholstery. A power liftgate is optional and an available Winter package adds heated power mirrors. Ford’s popular Sync 3 infotainment system is also available.

A reversing camera was added for 2017 as standard equipment, and rear parking assist is available only with the power liftgate option. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has given the C-Max mostly top Good scores, and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has given the car four out of five stars overall.


Since 2012, Andrew Newton has been writing about cars both old and new. Andrew has been an associate editor at Sport Car Digest as well as a contributor to sites like BoldRide and JamesEdition. He was also the Education Manager at the Larz Anderson Auto Museum in Brookline, MA before becoming the Auction Editor at Hagerty Classic Car Insurance. He currently splits his time behind the wheel between his NA Miata, 1994 Corvette, and Triumph TR6.

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