SHARP TURNS – Meet Ford’s hybrid plus

2013-12-13T00:00:00Z SHARP TURNS – Meet Ford’s hybrid plusMATT SHARP nwitimes.com
December 13, 2013 12:00 am  • 

To keep things rolling from last week, I wanted to research anther hybrid. This time I turned my sights over to Ford, there 2014 C-max is a great way to save on gas and go green for the environment.

The C-Max comes in three different model choices, but the two main differences are the C-Max Hybrid, and the C-Max Energi. The hybrid is just like any other hybrids with the combined energy of a dynamic electric motor powered by a state-of-the-art lithium-ion battery and the 2.0L Atkinson-cycle I-4 gas engine. The Energi on the other hand is designed to deliver maximum efficiency by combining the same engines and battery, but this model plugs in to charge your battery, so your gas engine doesn’t have to. The plug-in capability allows you to fully charge in about two and a half hours. Also, in the Energi model, it comes with EV mode where you can touch a button and can choose which mode to drive in: electric only, gas only, or a combination of both.

Ford didn’t skip out on looks either; the C-Max comes in a hatchback for both models, and when you enter one of these models you feel nothing by comfort. The Energi comes with standard leather-trimmed seats with heated front seats for days like these. The second row of seating can easily be folded down to be able to haul anything that is needed. For added comfort, the C-Max is equipped with dual-zone automatic temperature controls in the front row that offer comfort to the driver and front passenger.

To help keep eyes on the road and stay connected to the world, Ford put Sync with MyFord Touch inside the C-Max. Sync runs through the touch screen at the top of the center stack in the middle of the vehicle. It allows hands-free calling, voice-controlled music browsing, automated text message relay, and can be used for emergency situations to dial 911. To help enhance the Sony sound, the C-Max has HD Radio with crystal-clear reception and digital transmission capability. Conspicuously absent are traditional radio’s tendency for drop-off, static, hiss and audio distortion.

Ford.com said, “The C-Max Energi Plug-In Hybrid and the C-MAX Hybrid are as stylish as they are functional. Both vehicles are equipped with 17-inch machined aluminum wheels and offer an available fixed-glass panoramic roof that lets you bring the great outdoors inside your vehicle. The available Reverse Sensing System sensors in the lower rear bumper can detect when you’re coming close to an object while backing up and will activate a warning beep. The beeps become faster the closer you get to the object.”

The C-Max comes at a great price for a hybrid, the Hybrid starts at about $26,000, and the Energi comes in at $34,000.

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