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Ford C-Max Energi

2013 C-Max Energy, courtesy of Ford
2013 C-Max Energy, courtesy of Ford
2013 C-Max Energy, courtesy of Ford
2013 C-Max Energy, courtesy of Ford
2013 C-Max Energy, courtesy of Ford


The 2013 Ford C-Max Energi is a plug-in hybrid version of the Ford C-Max. The C-Max Energi can drive in all electric mode up to 75 mph and has a total range of over 600 miles(gasoline and electric combined). Unlike the Chevrolet Volt, the car will have an intermediary blended phase where both battery and gasoline energy sources are used. The 2013 Ford C-Max Energi is now available in North America.


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Jeff  Anonymous's picture

My 2014 CMax Energi

I have owned my Energi now about 6 months. Also, I live in Florida and I am really surprised at how much the temperature affects the battery and charge. I charge my car using the 110V charger that came with the car. Initially, I would be able to charge it to 21 miles. Then as the temps warmed up, I was averaging 25 miles per charge. I was pretty amazed! I only live 3 miles from work, so I would only charge it maybe twice a week. A note, did not notice hardly any change in my home electric bill. Then the weather started cooling off, not like living up North, but when the temps dipped into the 30s and 40s and below, when I would get in the fully charged car, it would show 19-21 miles, then once I started driving, it would suddenly drop to 8-9 miles. After sitting the sun for the day, it would then show 18-19 the outside temp greatly affects the battery charge. I had the CMax Hybrid before this and really enjoyed driving that car, at some point we were getting 48 MPG. On the Energi, the combined mileage I have been getting has been around 82 MPG. This has increased since switching to non-ethanol gas. Overall, very satisfied with this car. The best thing, compared to my Hybrid, my Sync system has not failed once.
Jim S's picture

Basic comments after 15 months

We like our C-Max Energi alot. We bought the Energi because with rebates and incentives it was cheaper than buying the plain hybrid with the same options. The dislikes pertain to the blind spots caused by the sloping windshield and the super thick pillars. Have almost hit a few cars and pedestrians as they can be totally blocked by those darn pillars! Our old VW Golf TDI had much better visibility and turning circle too! That is complaint #2 for the C-Max We have gone thousands of miles on a tank of gas because we lived in Fort Lauderdale and did lots of short trips, and used a 240 volt charger to charge a couple of times a day. The electricity used was barely noticeable on our bill, and seemed to be offset by switching to LED bulbs and a tankless electric water heater. Now we live in California, and today will be the last day I plug the car in at home until gas prices rise to over $2.60 as the electricity here is ridiculously expensive. A full charge in FL was 74 cents. Here it is $2.03. So gas is much cheaper to run in the car here. Nearly 9 cents per mile on electric and less than 6 cents per mile on gasoline, based on a conservative 36 MPG, which we can easily 42 MPG at this time of year. So, I guess I will just be lugging around that extra battery for a while! I am still willing to charge it for free at the public locations here, so that is a benefit.
MAsmom's picture

Front blind spot common problem!

I've been driving a Cmax for ~ 1/2 year now and am increasingly concerned I will end up running over a pedestrian. There appears to be a blind spot in front caused by the driver's side column (mentioned above) and perhaps the mirror. I have dug around on the internet to see others complain of this too and my co-worker has the same car, he agrees, although he's about 1.5 feet taller than myself. The blind spot is perfect for blocking me from seeing someone crossing on at my far left corner (~catty corner from car). It appears to be ~ 6 feet wide when I look out at a distance towards the opposite sidewalk. Even worse, if I drive forward thru an intersection it continues to block the path /sight of a pedestrian as they cross the street in front of me. Meaning I will not /cannot see them until I'm nearly hitting them! This is extraordinarily concerning. Its enough to make me want to sell the car and have to pay back the tax break and yet I don't want anyone else driving this car either!
Anonymous's picture

front blind spots

I have found the same to be true. It is disconcerting. While I will not be giving up the car, I've become extra cautious before making any corner turns. I noticed while test driving other cars that many have this same feature.
Dan B's picture

CMax Enegri EV Range

We bought our 2014 CMax Energi from McCafferty Ford in Langhorne, PA in mid-November. Since then, I have put over 6,000 miles on the car. Our decision to buy the CMax was mostly due to the fact that we put on so many miles (our last new car was a 2004 Subaru Forester which totaled 396,000 miles before the engine decided to leave this mortal coil) Calculating mileage the reliable way (trip odometer mileage divided by gallons to fill) gives a respectable 39-41 miles. We use the 120volt plug, and I never show a range greater than 13 miles despite the fact that I am very conscientious about how I drive. This is most likely due to the number of highway miles I cover. I bought a 240 volt charger and am having that installed. Overall I am very happy with the car and will reserve judgment about the claimed combined mileage until I have been using the 240 volt charger consistently. My main complaint about the car is not with the car but with the complete lack of knowledge possessed by my (and other) local Ford dealers when you call with questions. It seems an easy enough task to familiarize oneself with the product you are selling - especially when it is a new type of product in need of some thoughtful explanation of the various benefits it may offer. I will report back when I have been using the 240 volt charger. The 2 1/2 hour charge time will make it much easier to recharge as I work in my office between client meetings, etc.
Anonymous's picture

Ford C-Max Energi Range

We just bought the car a few weeks ago (Jan-2015). We are really enjoying it. It is the first "small" car we've had in a long, long time. We find it as comfortable to sit in as our truck and really like the way we "sit up" in the car. Anyway, I really wrote to address the range comment. Since you are in Pennsylvania and we are up in the currently very cold Massachusetts, we may be seeing similar conditions. I have experimented with the range question and have found that cabin heat requires a lot of energy. This is not surprising since it's extremely cold out and that energy has to come from somewhere. You can test it this way. When we get in the vehicle after a full charge, turn off both seat heaters (setting=0), turn off the cabin heat (either the pushbutton on the console control or the soft switch on the display output), and the rear defogger. If your expected EV miles, like ours, says 12 mi, after you turn everything off it should say something like 18 mi. I have a few miles on a rural highway before getting into a city in the morning. Therefore, I usually switch to EV-later to get the car warmed up. If it's warm enough when I get to slower/traffic-light areas, I switch back to automatic mode and turn off the heat. However, I still turn the heat back on if the car cools off too much. That's fairly frequently right now given our single-digit and below-zero temperatures lately! I hope this helps -- give it a try and you should see the difference in the mileage regardless of whether you decide to keep cabin heat on or off. Best wishes.
Ed's picture

Range, knowledge of sales personnel

Saw your comment re range. Noted your posted 6 January. The reason for unexpectedly short range isn't you - it's the temperature. You loose a lot in the cold. Ford sales persons don't mention this - maybe because they don't understand the issues related to range. Ford itself doesn't provide guidance on the temperature effect on range (but you could look up Nissan Leaf info, and its temp-range curve should be relevant). I have the fully electric Focus, so the issue is more serious for me - but I have yet to be able to figure my range, except approximately. Your 240v charger should give you a full charge in an hour, so that's good.
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Anonymous's picture

CMax Energi

Purchased a CMax Energi in 2013. Build quality looked good initially, but a year later, the car squeaks a lot as I drive (loosening up?) Gas mileage in hybrid mode is not as good as advertised -- EPA has estimated it down to 38 mpg. But at least Ford sent me a check to make up the difference. The software is wonky at best - Sometimes shuts itself off. Sometimes the rear camera doesn't turn on. Sometimes when it does turn on, it doesn't show the lines, etc. Battery range is all over the map. In cold weather, the range is very low. In hot weather, turning on the climate control will lower the range by 30%. Sometimes it doesn't turn on, you have to go through the startup process again. And now the driver side window wants to auto-roll itself down whenever it gets to the top. And no, I've not had any accidents. With all that said, the car does save me a lot of gas. Would I buy it again? No, I would not.
Anonymous's picture

To be fair, every car I've

To be fair, every car I've ever owned has listed in its respective car manual that certain bolts and screws needed to be reset to proper torque within the first six months of ownership and then checked again at usually 1 year intervals. I would think that to be the case even more so with smaller cars constructed with much more malleable materials. With that said, I always daydream about owning another "American made" vehicle when thinking about buying a new car, but then quickly come to the realization that the Japanese alternative is always a much wiser choice from a quality standpoint alone.

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