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2017 Ford C-Max Energi

Many people away from the US are fascinated by the Ford C-Max bizarre design which actually makes it look like a blotted wagon. However, the odd shape has in fact created a unique market for itself where it does not really have a direct rival. The C-Max is offered in two flavors i.e. a traditional hybrid (Ford C-Max Hybrid) and the plug-in version (Ford C-Max Energi). The MPV has been given some slight visual upgrades for the 2017 model year.

The most notable change is the discontinuation of the SEL trim which has been replaced with a new Titanium trim. Already the C-Max Energi has created a market for itself as one of the top plug-in models in the market. Read along for more information:

2017 Ford C-Max Energi Exterior

The 2017 Ford C-Max Energi shares an identical front look with the new Ford Focus and Ford Fiesta. The model features just minor visual upgrades. Its two-level trapezoidal grille features a new surround characterised by an updated chrome trim. The front also features revised LED headlights with halogen projector lights and larger fog lights. Everything else is unchanged. Onto the side profile, the model features blinkers on the side mirrors, wider wheel arches and its door handles are slightly recessed into the doors.

The Comfort Package on the SE trim together with the Titanium trim feature heated side mirrors as standard features. The Energi runs on 17-inch composite wheels. The rear fascia is also almost identical to that of the outgoing model except for the new vertical taillights which replace horizontal units that were on the outgoing model. The taillights are identical to those of the Ford Focus sedan.

A new White Gold paintwork has replaced the Tectonic exterior color. In addition, the SEL trim has been replaced with optional packages available within the SE and the new Titanium trim. In addition, the automaker has used huge doses of chrome on different surfaces.

2017 Ford C-Max Energi Interior

Like the exterior, the cabin is largely unchanged compared to that of the outgoing model.  The vehicle accommodates five passengers comfortably with plenty of headroom due to its tall roofline. On the base SE trim, the seats are wrapped in a quality cloth with an option for leather upholstery on the Comfort Package. Leather upholstery is standard on the Titanium trim.  In addition, the Comfort Package and the Titanium trim feature a power driver’s seat as well as heated front seats.

The model also comes with the Ford’s MyKey which can be used to limit the car’s top speed and radio volume. This feature is standard across the trims. Other features include a fuel-economy display which promotes efficient driving, cruise control, steering-wheel-mounted controls, dual-zone climate control, an integrated garage door opener and a push-button start.

Choosing the SE Driver Assist package you get the automaker’s SYNC 3 infotainment system (I wish it is offered as a standard feature on all models), reverse sensors and a power liftgate. The Titanium trim on the other hand adds heated front seats, reverse sensors and a standard rear-view camera. The optional Driver Assist Package also adds a limited self-park function, blind-spot monitoring among other safety features. A panoramic glass roof, navigation system as well as a keypad placed on the driver’s door are offered as standalone features.

Drivetrain and performance

The 2017 Ford C-Max Energi is ideally a plug-in vehicle. The model uses the same engine as the base C-Max Hybrid. It features a 2.0 L, Atkinson-cycle mill which produces 141 horses. The engine combines with an AC synchronous motor which is paired with a larger battery than that of the C-Max Hybrid for a combined output of 188 horses. The likely motor is a 7.6 kWh lithium-ion battery pack that powers the current model. On the outgoing models, the battery pack provides an all-electric range of 21 miles up from 19 miles. The system is paired with a CVT system that channels power to the rear wheels.

The drive-train has been upgraded to offer a better fuel economy. The new unit is EPA rated at 97 mpg-e compared to the outgoing model’s 88 mpg-e rating on combined drives. In hybrid mode, the engine returns 38 mpg on combined drives. The battery is replenished either using a 240-volt socket which takes 2.5 hours or a 120-volt outlet which takes a whole 7 hours.

Price and release date

According to Ford, the 2017 C-Max Energi will go on-sale in December.  The new C-Maxi Energi has an MSRP of $27,995 inclusive of destination charges for the SE trim. On the other hand, the Titanium trim attracts a price tag of $30,995. This represents a significant cost reduction by Ford that is meant to win over more customers.

Buyers can however get the Energi way cheaper once the government tax credits are factored in which can be as high as $4,007 IRS tax. Further in California, buyers will save between $1,500 and $3,000 in Clean Vehicle Rebate depending on the driver’s level of income.

Competition

There are no direct rivals of the C-Max Energi, however, I consider the following models as the top rivals; they are the Chevrolet Volt, Nissan Leaf, Honda Insight as well as the Toyota Prius.

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2017 Ford C Max: updated family hybrid car

By Justin Patterson 17 Jun 2016

It offers comfort and excellent fuel economy at a reasonable price! If you want a comfortable ride and a large space for the luggage then the best choice may be a family car 2017 Ford C-Max. Innovative Hybrid Ford engine has earned the title of Eco.

For better grip and increased torque at the drive wheels, there is a system Torgue Vectoring Control. For drivers who prefer active driving, the best solution would be the Ford C Max. He was disguised as an athlete, and an expensive and tuned to the high precision cornering rear suspension corresponds to the spirit of sport. Ford C-Max is equipped with a package that includes an automatic parking and power mirrors.

2017 Ford C-Max release date

The release date of a new Ford minivan will be on the last quarter of 2016.

Release date: late 2016

2017 Ford C-Max price

The price of C-Max will remain the same – starting at $ 24,500 approximately and up to $ 32,000 for plug-in hybrid version.

2017 Ford C-Max exterior

In front the new Ford C Max greatly resembles the Ford Fiesta and the latest generation Ford Focus. It is worth noting two-level grille, wide wheel arches and an abundance of chrome parts.

Door handles are recessed slightly into the doors, exterior mirrors have the blinkers.

In the rear the car is very similar to the previous generation model, but the vertical taillights were replaced by horizontal, almost the same size and design as that in the Focus sedan.

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2017 Ford C Max interior

The interior has the same design and stylistic solutions, the rest of the available models of the brand. High center console, a multimedia display system, center tunnel with gear lever located higher and slightly rises as compared to the standard arrangement.

The car is wider and longer than the Focus, so the back row of seats easily and comfortably fit 3 people. Both rows of seats easily folded, moved and removed – so virtually any goods can be transported.

Dashboard has new grapics and animated eco-meter firstly debuted on 2017 Fusion. As an option, the new minivan can be equipped with a panoramic sunroof.

After removing the rear seats can increase the volume of the luggage compartment from 471 to 1723 liters.

2017 Ford C Max equipment

Titanium version is equipped also with folding tables. There is a basic voice control for the entertainment system and air conditioning. For an additional fee, you can set the 5-stage heated seats. In the options of the new Ford C-Max also include airbags and climate-control.

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2017 Ford C-Max specs

Engine is 4-cylinder turbocharged. Located transverse. 4 valves per cylinder with twincam. Displacement – 1596 cc, 150 hp and 177 ft lbs at 1600 rpm. The maximum speed of 126 mph.

In North American market C-Max is available only with hybrid powertrains. Just like the previous model, it is naturally-aspirated 2.0-liter engine working on Atkinson cycle (like most hybrid cars), producing just 141 HP and 129 ft lbs of torque.

As for electric part, C-Max is equipped with 35 kW electric motor and 1.4kWh Li-ion batteries. In plug-in hybrid version called C-Max Energi the battery capacity has increased to 7.6kWh, and it has estimated EV-only range of 19 miles.

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2017 Ford C-Max Energi
Engine type DOHC 16V I4, direct fuel injection, hybrid
Displacement 2.0L
Power/torque 188 hp; 129 lb-ft
Transmission CVT automatic
Wheelbase 104.3 in.
Length 173.6 in.
Height 63.8 in.
Passenger volume 118.9 cu.ft.
Cargo volume 19ю2-42.8 cu.ft.
0-60 7.9 sec
Top speed 104 mph
Competitors: Toyota Prius V, Chevrolet Volt
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2017 Ford C-Max / C-Max Energi Photos and Info – News – Car and Driver

December 2016 By GREG FINK View 17 Photos

While Ford’s modest updates to the 2017 C-Max hybrid and C-Max Energi plug-in hybrid don’t pertain to the multipurpose vehicles’ powertrains, both models gain a revised appearance and a lower starting price, plus an expected boost in efficiency.

Surprisingly, the U.S. C-Max’s exterior updates deviate from those of the European model. If the European-spec C-Max underwent a full facelift, then the changes to our model are more like a shot of Botox. There’s a restyled grille, new wheels, and new headlights and taillights, all of which make for a tall hatchback that’s still not as handsome as the one Ford is selling across the pond.

Despite the fact that the C-Max continues to rely on the same 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine and an electric motor that’s fed by a 1.4-kWh battery pack, Ford predicts the 188-hp hybrid will see fuel economy rise from 41 mpg city and 36 mpg highway to 42/38 mpg. Meanwhile, the plug-in Energi, with its carryover 7.6-kWh pack, sees its efficiency get a bump from 95 to 104 MPGe in the city and from 81 to 87 MPGe on the highway. Although the EPA hasn’t released official figures for either 2017 C-Max model, we expect the Energi’s rated EV range to increase from 19 miles (2016) to 20.

Along with its new looks, the 2017 C-Max adds a Titanium model that effectively replaces last year’s SEL. The C-Max Energi, which previously came in a single trim level, is now available in either SE or Titanium as well.

Starting at $24,995, the 2017 C-Max’s sticker price is $50 lower than last year, and the 2017 C-Max Energi now starts at $27,995, or $4650 less than before, due to the addition of the lower-spec SE version. More impressive is the fact that the top-of-the-line 2017 C-Max Energi Titanium undercuts the 2016 Energi’s price by $1650. Additionally, all 2017 C-Max models come standard with a power driver’s seat and a backup camera, while a new blind-spot monitoring system is available on Titanium models.

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2017 Ford C-MAX Overview

The 2017 Ford C-MAX is a five-passenger hatchback that Ford originally designed in Europe with the aim of showing fuel-efficient and practical cars could still be fun. Sure enough, the Ford C-MAX is plenty sporty and we would say Ford has accomplished its goal. It might not convince you to buy a hybrid if you don’t already want one, but if you are on the market for a hybrid, the Ford C-MAX will definitely do everything it can to sway you with its superior rate of smiles-a-minute behind the wheel.

The 2017 Ford C-MAX is available as a hybrid or a plug-in hybrid in four trim levels: Hybrid SE, Hybrid Titanium, Energi SE, and Energi Titanium.

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  • Exterior
  • Performance
  • Efficiency
  • Interior
  • Safety

What’s New for the 2017 Ford C-MAX?

For 2017, the top SEL trim from the previous 2016 model is replaced by a new Titanium trim, which introduces features like a Sony premium audio system and power-adjustable passenger seat. Also new for 2017 is a standard rearview camera, optional blind-spot monitoring, and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto support for the avaialble SYNC 3 infotainment system.

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2017 Ford C-MAX Exterior

We called the 2017 Ford C-MAX a hatchback in the introduction, but that isn’t entirely accurate. It turns out that categorizing the thing not so simple—it’s a tall hatchback, but also a compact wagon, and a crossover-esque utility vehicle too (Ford uses the term “multi activity vehicle”). Whatever you want to call it, the Ford C-MAX is an attractive vehicle that will turn heads at every corner thanks to its sleek profile, good proportions, and sporty front-end. Some may be put off by the rounded and mounded exterior, but we think Ford did a good job of it; besides, it gets you plenty of interior space. The C-MAX Energi plug-in hybrid is identical to the C-MAX Hybrid apart from badging and the cap for the plug-in port.

The 2017 Ford C-MAX is available in the following exterior colors: Magnetic, White Gold, Ruby Red, White Platinum, Tuxedo Black, Ingot Silver, Oxford White, and Kona Blue.

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Exterior available on Hybrid SE:

  • Black rocker panel moldings, Body-colored bumper fascias, Center high-mounted stop lamp, Integrated blind spot mirrors, Ebony grille with chrome surround, LED signature lighting, Easy Fuel® capless fuel filler, Manual liftgate with remote liftgate release, Variable interval windshield wipers, Fixed interval rear window wiper, Rear window defroster

Exterior available on Hybrid Titanium (adds to or replaces features on Hybrid SE):

  • Power-heated exterior mirrors, Fog lamps, Chrome grille with chrome surround, Rain-sensing wipers

Exterior available on Energi SE (adds to or replaces features on Hybrid Titanium):

  • Integrated blind spot mirrors, Ebony grille with chrome surround, Illuminated charge port

Exterior available on Energi Titanium (adds to or replaces features on Energi SE):

  • Power-heated exterior mirrors, Chrome grille with chrome surround, Available stainless steel door-scuff plates, Available charge port door graphic, Available active grille shutters, Available power liftgate, Available hands-free, foot-activated liftgate, Rain-sensing wipers, Available panoramic fixed-glass Vista Roof®

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2017 Ford C-MAX Performance

The 2017 Ford C-MAX is powered by a 2.0-liter Atkinson-cycle four-cylinder engine mated to a gearless continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) and an electric motor. Combined, the engine and motor produce 188 system horsepower and 129 lb-ft of torque. In testing by Edmunds.com, the C-MAX Hybrid accelerated from 0 to 60 mph in 8.1 seconds, significantly faster than a Toyota Prius. The C-MAX Energi plug-in hybrid accelerated from 0 to 60 mph in an even quicker 7.8 seconds thanks to sustained use of its electric motor.

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2017 Ford C-MAX Efficiency

The EPA estimates the 2017 Ford C-MAX Hybrid gets about 42 mpg city, 37 mpg highway, and 40 mpg combined. But while the C-MAX Hybrid’s electric motor draws power from a 1.4 kWh lithium-ion battery pack, the C-MAX Energi plug-in hybrid instead uses a much larger 7.4 kWh battery that allows it to travel up to 19 miles on pure electric power, during which it gets 88 MPGe. When the battery runs out, the C-MAX Energi operates just like the C-MAX Hybrid and is rated at 39 mpg combined. Ford estimates that fully recharging the C-MAX Energi’s battery takes 2.5 hours on a 240-volt outlet and seven hours on a standard 120-volt outlet.

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2017 Ford C-MAX Interior

The 2017 Ford C-MAX’s interior is voluptuous, especially in comparison to competing hybrids on the market. Headroom is generous both at the front and rear so that for once, the sentence “it can hold five passengers” does not require a footnote advising against adults sitting in the back. All that room hasn’t compromised cargo volume either, where you get 24.5 cubic feet of space and more by folding the rear seats. The Ford C-MAX is well-equipped even in base SE form with features like a 10-way power-adjustable driver’s seat, dual-zone climate control, and a six-speaker sound system with Bluetooth capability. Upgrading to the Titanium trim gets you even more goodies like heated leather front seats and the SYNC 3 infotainment system.

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Interior available on Hybrid SE:

  • Features: Dual-zone electronic automatic temperature control, Rear seat heat ducts, Illuminated driver/passenger vanity mirrors, In-floor second row storage, Leather-wrapped steering wheel with secondary audio controls, Overhead storage console, Cargo tie down hooks, 10-way power adjustable driver seat, 4-way manual adjustable passenger seat, Second row 60/40 split forward fold flat seats, Cloth bucket seats
  • Radio and Technology: Remote keyless entry system, EcoSelect button, SmartGauge® with EcoGuide, AM/FM/CD/MP3 audio, 6 speakers, USB port, Audio input jack, Speed sensitive volume, SYNC®, Two 12-volt power outlets

Interior available on Hybrid Titanium (adds to or replaces features on Hybrid SE):

  • Features: Ambient lighting, Heated seats, Auto-dimming rearview mirror, HomeLink® universal transmitter, 10-way power adjustable passenger seat, Leather-trimmed bucket seats
  • Radio and Technology: EcoSelect button, SmartGauge® with EcoGuide, Remote start system, Sony® audio system with HD Radio™, SYNC®3 with unique hybrid content, Intelligent access with push-button start

Interior available on Energi SE (adds to or replaces features on Hybrid Titanium):

  • Features: Leather-wrapped shift knob, 4-way manual adjustable passenger seat, Cloth bucket seats
  • Radio and Technology: SmartGauge® with EcoGuide, AM/FM/CD/MP3 audio, 6 speakers, USB port, Audio input jack, Speed sensitive volume, SYNC®, MyFord® mobile app and website

Interior available on Energi Titanium (adds to or replaces features on Energi SE):

  • Features: Ambient lighting, Heated seats, Available engine block heater, Auto-dimming rearview mirror, HomeLink® universal transmitter, 10-way power adjustable passenger seat, Leather-trimmed bucket seats
  • Radio and Technology: Intelligent access with push-button start, Available active park assist, Remote start system, Sony® audio system with HD Radio™, SYNC®3 with unique hybrid content, Available SiriusXM® radio, Available voice activated touch screen navigation with SiriusXM® traffic and Travel Link®

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2017 Ford C-MAX Safety

The 2017 Ford C-MAX comes with the usual passive safety features, listed below, as well as standard daytime running lights and a rearview camera. Also standard is 911 Assist and driver parameters via MyKey. Rear parking sensors are optional on the SE and standard on the Titanium. In government crash tests, the Ford C-MAX received four out of five stars for overall protection. It received the best-possible rating of “Good” in all of the IIHS’s crashworthiness evaluations except in the small-overlap front-impact test, where it received the second-highest score of “Acceptable.”

Standard Safety Features

  • AdvanceTrac® with Roll Stability Control™
  • Driver Knee Airbag
  • Front/Rear Disc Brakes with Anti-Lock Brake System
  • Electronic Traction Control
  • SOS Post-Crash Alert System™
  • Electronic-Assist Parking Brake
  • Rear View Camera

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2017 Ford C-Max - Review, Price, Engine, Release Date

Recently, the small cars with luxury functions have gained more attention in the auto markets. The vehicles coming with modern features always catch customer’s attention rapidly. There are concepts that Ford will launch new luxury cars for the family drive. Ford has contributed towards the automobile production is a great way. This company is famous for the modern features and technologies. The cars produced by this company always attract the customers quickly. There are updates that Ford will launch the 2017 Ford C-Max after finalizing the completion phase.

2017 Ford C-Max – Exterior and Interior Design

It has been noticed that Ford customers are luck in the matter of car designing. Most of the vehicles launched by this company have an excellent design. The new 2017 Ford C-Max will present a new platform and structure. Aluminum is used for the low weight structure development.

The external features of new C-Max need quick attention. The company is very interested to deliver a unique set of functions and features according to the modern demands. The front has been designed with grill, headlights, bonnet and indicators. The grille is not truly Ford based. It is a new style with several large but horizontal openings. The headlights are large and covering both corners in a dominant way. Indicators are present with the headlights. The bonnet has two sleek curves on the margins. It is expected that Ford will use 18 inches tires with new design of aluminum alloy rims.

Interior decoration of 2017 Ford C-Max is luxurious and comfortable. Drivers will find it very spacious with a new gearbox, power steering, adjustable seating arrangements and leather upholstery. There are numerous luxury functions such as interior climate control, weather updates, navigation, Google maps, GPS, a large HD display (7 inches), 6 speakers, digital audio system and satellite radio. Bluetooth, USB, rear view camera, Wi-Fi and smart phone connectors are also present inside.

2017 Ford C-Max – Engine Options

This new product will come with several engine options. The new Ford C-Max will bring an engine with 2.0 litters Atkinson technology. It will produce 141 hp with 129 lb ft torque. Ford is expected to introduce a new Solar Cell system. This will provide additional power to this rear wheel drive. There are strong updates that Ford has planned a Hybrid engine for this vehicle.

The new model Ford C-Max will cover at least 21 miles per gallon in the city. The high-speed drive will cover 28 miles per gallon.   The 2017 Ford C-Max will compete with the hybrid systems launched by the Toyota, Nissan and Jaguar. This will bring airbags, anti-theft locks, alarms and rearview cameras. The vehicle will be equipped with the modern door and window lock system. It also has automatic as well as manual locking systems.

2017 Ford C-Max – Release Date and Price

The 2017 Ford C-Max will be introduced in several countries including the USA, UK, Canada and China. The initial price of the luxury car will be $35,000 in USA. Detroit and Montreal Auto Shows are the most suitable venues for the first display.

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2017 Ford C-Max Hybrid Test | Review

May 2017 By ALEXANDER STOKLOSA Photos By CHRIS DOANE AUTOMOTIVE View 44 Photos

Currency in the world of dedicated hybrids—so, gas-electric vehicles sold without a nonelectrified equivalent—is measured in mpg. Despite today’s low gasoline prices, this efficiency figure matters more than ever as a marketing beacon to actually move such metal. After all, why pay extra for a fuel-sipping hybrid if it isn’t mind-blowingly efficient compared with a regular, gas-powered car of similar size? Subjected to this reality, the Ford C-Max’s appeal fades.

Although the C-Max is refreshed alongside its plug-in-hybrid counterpart for 2017 with slightly sharper headlights and taillights, its mechanicals are the same as they’ve been since 2013. That means the Ford’s fuel economy is, by and large, the same as it’s always been. (The EPA estimates have been adjusted a bit, lowered for 2014 before inching up by 1 mpg in the city and 2 mpg on the highway, to 42 mpg city and 38 mpg highway this year.) We recorded 35 mpg over the course of this test—and a less encouraging 33 mpg on our 200-mile highway fuel-economy test loop. That average fuel-economy number is better than that of the last C-Max we tested, a 2013 model that scored 32 mpg, yet still middling enough to raise the “why buy?” question.

Specifically, the “why” applies to the C-Max’s relative frumpiness and sloth compared with more conventional compact cars that match or better its fuel-economy performance. Our long-term Honda Civic test car, for example, uses a turbocharged four-cylinder engine and scored 41 mpg on the same highway test loop. The Honda also handles well, doesn’t stand out as much, and can reach 60 mph in 6.9 seconds, a full second quicker than this Ford. It doesn’t help that the C-Max’s cabin looks quite dated, especially with the tiny dashboard display standard on the SE model tested here (the uplevel Titanium swaps in a snazzier touchscreen) and plenty of hard plastics.

The goalposts for hybrids have moved since Ford introduced the C-Max in 2012. Other hybrids have been achieving ever-higher mpg numbers. The Hyundai Ioniq, for example, is a sleeker tadpole-shaped dedicated hybrid that is EPA-rated for up to 58 mpg. (Hyundai even offers plug-in and full-EV Ioniqs that are still more miserly.) Toyota’s latest Prius, ever the bogey in this segment, also is capable of 58 mpg on the EPA’s city test cycle; we’ve measured an average of 47 mpg in a Prius Eco, while the least efficient current-generation Prius we tested posted 42 mpg overall. The new Kia Niro, whose tall hatchback body most closely matches the bulbous C-Max’s shadow, notched 37 mpg combined in our test.

We’d go so far as to claim that even the Toyota’s 47 mpg, while amazing (particularly given how we don’t drive cars gingerly at Car and Driver), isn’t enough to make an economic argument for a hybrid right now. A Volkswagen Golf, for example, is a roughly 30-mpg hatchback with nearly the same interior and cargo space as the C-Max and the Prius, yet it costs less and drives conventionally, without the weird power surges or lag from complex mixtures of electric and internal-combustion power sources. If you’re absolutely dead set on a hybrid and the economics are secondary, though, there’s no ignoring the 10-mpg-plus advantage that newer hybrids hold over the C-Max.

The Ford continues to distinguish itself by delivering what is among the most normalized hybrid driving experiences. Other than spongy brake feel (common to hybrids blending regenerative braking, which converts motion to electricity, with mechanical braking) and an occasionally growly engine sound, the C-Max faithfully mimics a tall, ordinary hatchback.

None of Ford’s changes for 2017 should have affected the car’s performance, yet this test car shaved nearly a second from the zero-to-60-mph time recorded by the 2013 model we tested, and it stopped eight feet shorter from 70 mph using the same engine, electric motor, battery, and even the same size and brand of tires. Of greater value is the powertrain’s responsiveness and lack of sluggishness relative to a Prius’s and its fine-riding suspension that keeps a tight rein on body motions through turns and over pockmarked pavement.

This praise only brings us back to the “why buy” query, however. The C-Max might feel normal, and its tall body offers a modicum of practicality with 25 cubic feet of trunk space behind the second-row seats, but so, too, do everyday compact hatchbacks. The Chevrolet Cruze, Honda Civic, Mazda 3, and VW Golf all are more satisfying to drive, more enjoyable to look at, nearly as efficient, and far newer designs that cost thousands of dollars less.

The flesh-colored C-Max we tested started at $25,050, while a $1600 package with heated leather seats, a 10-way power driver’s seat, and heated door mirrors with puddle lamps brought the total to $26,650. On paper, it is thoroughly out-hybrided by the similarly priced Prius and Ioniq, while Kia’s comparable Niro can be had for just $23,785 and has a more comfortable back seat, fresher in-car tech options, and similar pseudo-crossover cred. Come to think of it, the Ford’s so-so fuel economy might not be its biggest problem. Its own age and the freshness of its competition loom larger.

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VEHICLE TYPE: front-engine, front-motor, front-wheel-drive, 5-passenger, 4-door hatchback

PRICE AS TESTED: $26,650 (base price: $25,050)

ENGINE TYPE: DOHC 16-valve Atkinson-cycle 2.0-liter inline-4, 141 hp, 129 lb-ft; permanent-magnet synchronous AC motor, 118 hp, 117 lb-ft; combined output, 188 hp; 1.4-kWh lithium-ion battery pack

TRANSMISSION: continuously variable automatic

DIMENSIONS:Wheelbase: 104.3 inLength: 173.6 inWidth: 72.0 in Height: 63.8 inPassenger volume: 100 cu ftCargo volume: 25 cu ftCurb weight: 3630 lb

C/D TEST RESULTS: Zero to 60 mph: 7.9 sec Zero to 100 mph: 20.6 sec Zero to 110 mph: 26.8 sec Rolling start, 5-60 mph: 8.2 sec Top gear, 30-50 mph: 3.8 sec Top gear, 50-70 mph: 5.2 sec Standing ¼-mile: 16.1 sec @ 89 mph Top speed (governor limited): 117 mph Braking, 70-0 mph: 183 ft Roadholding, 300-ft-dia skidpad*: 0.78 g

FUEL ECONOMY: EPA combined/city/highway: 40/42/38 mpg

C/D observed: 35 mpg

C/D observed 75-mph highway driving: 33 mpgC/D highway range: 440 mi

*stability-control-inhibited

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    Despite the Volt’s eco image, it’s actually fun to drive, without the range anxiety of pure electric vehicles.

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