Ford C-Max Energi
The C-Max began life as a gasoline-fueled car in Europe. When Ford brought it to the U.S., the company only solid it with a hybrid or plug-in hybrid drivetrain. The C-Max Energi, the label Ford uses for its plug-in hybrid cars, works primarily as a hybrid car, but the high-capacity battery can drive the car with electricity for extended periods of time.
Gasoline engine: 141 horsepower 2-liter four-cylinder Electric motor: 88 kilowatt Battery pack: 7.6 kilowatt-hour Electric range: 21 miles Total range: 620 miles Fuel economy: 100 mpg equivalent, 43 mpg (gasoline)
The good: With frequent recharging, the 2013 Ford C-Max Energi gets fuel economy approaching 100 mpg. Sync offers excellent voice command and connectivity for personal electronics.
The bad: A wide turning radius makes maneuvering in tight spaces tough. The optional MyFord Touch interface reacts slowly to input.
The bottom line: If you have a commute under 50 miles and a place to plug the car in, the 2013 Ford C-Max Energi makes an economical and excellent commuter and family vehicle.
August 14, 2013 4:27 PM PDT
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