2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid
Coming to market with an all-new Hybrid, Ford offers the eco-friendly, tree-hugging population its 2013 C-Max. Right out of the gate, this new model has already garnered some great press, with one publication citing that the 2013 Ford C-Max will "likely be more enjoyable to drive and have a nicer interior," than its competitors. This ride's snazzy cabin gives owners high-quality craftsmanship, along with heaps of comfort and convenience + cutting-edge features. Marry all this to the C-Max's stellar ride and handling capabilities, and it's clear that there is most definitely a new tree in town to hug.
Ford C-Max Power and Energy
Powering the 2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid is a 2.0-liter four-cylinder paired with an electric motor juiced from a lithium-ion battery pack. Rated at a combined 188 horsepower, all these ponies are sent to the front wheels of the Ford C-Max via a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT). EPA fuel-estimates are listed at 47 mpg* combined. John Davis, C-Max chief nameplate engineer, notes "With C-Max, you get road-holding capability, sportiness and performance in addition to leading fuel economy, great versatility, great features and great technology in a package designed to exceed customer expectations." In order to maximize efficiency, Ford's next-generation powersplit architecture allows the electric motor and gasoline-powered engine to work together or separately. Moreover, the C-Max Hybrid's engine can operate independently of vehicle speed, charging the batteries or providing power to the wheels as needed. In fact, the motor alone provides sufficient power to the wheels in low-speed, low-load conditions and then works the engine at higher speeds. Powered by advanced lithium-ion (li-ion) battery systems, the electric motors of the C-Max Hybrids are designed to maximize the use of common, high-quality components, such as control board hardware that has proven field performance in Ford's critically acclaimed hybrid vehicles. Li-ion battery packs are more efficient than nickel-metal-hydride (NiMH) batteries and are also are 25 to 30 percent smaller and 50 percent lighter than the NiMH old-skool batteries. The C-Max's li-ion battery pack recharges when the gasoline engine is in operation. (*Based on 2012 EPA mileage estimates. Use for comparison purposes only. Do not compare to models before 2008. Your actual mileage will vary, depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle.)
Ford's C-Max Hybrid offers standard safety technologies such as the auto maker's MyKey system, which helps keep newbie teen drivers in line; parents can choose from multiple top-speed limits, as well as block explicit satellite radio programming. This cutting-edge techy feature also provides a persistent audible warning if front occupants are not wearing seat belts. Sync 911 Assist is part of the C-Max's makeup, too, utilizing hands-free phone capabilities to connect the driver directly with a local 911 operator through the paired phone. Other safety systems featured on the C-Max Hybrid include curve control, designed to slow the vehicle when drivers come into a corner too hot, and torque vectoring control, which helps the vehicle accelerate through a turn when necessary. AdvanceTrac with Roll Stability Control (RSC); Electric Power-Assisted Steering (EPAS); seven air bags; power-assisted four-wheel disc brakes with four-sensor, four-channel anti-lock braking system (ABS+ESC+HLA) and regenerative braking system are also standard. The regenerative braking system recaptures more than 95 percent of the braking energy normally lost and uses that power to help charge the battery
Other state-of-the-art items on the C-Max Hybrid include Ford's SmartGauge with EcoGuide; this system provides real-time information to help drivers get the most fuel efficiency from this eco-friendly ride by utilizing graphics and technology to show if they are driving in the most efficient manner. Bundles available for the C-Max SE Hybrid (which come standard on the C-Max SEL Hybrid) are Ford's Winter Package, which adds heated power mirrors with side indicators and puddle lamps, and the Power Liftgate and Rear Park Aid Package, as well as the Sync, MyFord Touch and SiriusXM Package.