Ford C-Max Hybrid (2013)

  • Pro List Icon Pros
  • Handles very well.
  • A quiet and surprisingly comfortable ride.
  • Plenty of power.
  • Practical design, good use of space.
  • Quite good mileage, though not as good as claimed.
  • Con List IconCons
  • The screen controls stink. Ford calls its new system "MyTouch.” Should be MyAccidentWaitingtoHappen. To change any of a number of settings requires touching a screen, which demands that you take your eyes off the road—often several times for each adjustment. It’s even more difficult if you happen to find yourself on a bumpy road. Finally, if you're wearing gloves, the screen won't function properly.
  • There's a veritable “Great Wall of China” section of the dashboard that's in the way, between the driver and the touch screen, making it hard to reach the screen to change settings. That’ll be an ergonomic annoyance as long as you own the car.
  • Small temperature knobs and fan buttons are hard to grab, if you have fat fingers or are wearing gloves.
  • Overall, the controls are too busy and distracting, and require you to take your eyes off the road.
  • Regenerative braking makes the brakes somewhat grabby.
  • Our mileage was not close to the advertised fuel economy. EPA claims 47 mpg, whether city or highway. The best we got was 35 MPG. Other C-Max drivers with whom we spoke report a similarly disappointing experience.

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