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2018 Ford C-max
Select a Different Model (2 Available): SE Hybrid Wagon
Fair Market Price $ 25039
MPG (EPA) 42 CTY /38 HWY
Cargo (Std/Max) 25/53 cu.ft.
Seating (Std/Max) 5/5
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2018 Ford C-Max MODEL OVERVIEW

 

You'll Like

  • Efficient powertrain
  • Fun to drive
  • A comfortable and airy cabin

You Won't Like

  • Less efficient than rivals
  • Showing its age
  • Will be discontinued after the 2018 model year

New for 2018

Ford dropped the C-Max Energi plug-in model from the lineup, leaving the unchanged C-Max Hybrid for its last model year.

Trim Levels

The C-Max is Ford's only hatchback hybrid and the automaker's only other hybrid vehicle along with the Fusion Hybrid.

2018 C-Max SE: The base trim comes equipped with 17-inch aluminum wheels, Sync infotainment system with USB and auxiliary ports, LED daytime running lights, active grille shutters, dual-zone automatic climate control, leather-wrapped steering wheel, 110-volt outlet, and 10-way power adjustable driver seat.

2018 C-Max Titanium: The top Titanium trim adds 17-inch aluminum wheels with painted pockets, power and heated exterior mirrors, fog lights, a chrome grille, rear parking sensors, rain-sensing wipers, leather-trimmed seats, heated front seats, push-start ignition, remote engine start, Sync 3 with unique hybrid content and an 8.0-inch touchscreen, a nine-speaker Sony audio system with HD radio, 10-way power adjustable passenger's seat, and an auto-dimming rearview mirror.

Some notable features include a panoramic fixed glass roof and a motion-activated power liftgate.

Performance and Fuel Economy

The 2018 Ford C-Max's electrified powertrain consists of a 2.0-liter I-4 engine paired to an electric motor for a total system output of 188 hp, delivering an EPA-rated 42/38 mpg city/highway and has a driving range of 540 miles (based on the EPA's default split of 55 percent city and 45 percent highway). A CVT routes power to the front wheels. In Motor Trend testing, the 2013 C-Max Hybrid hit 60 mph in 8.1 seconds and stopped from 60 mph in 128 feet.

Safety

The 2018 Ford C-Max received four stars out of five for the hatchback's overall safety rating. In IIHS testing, the C-Max received the second-highest rating of Acceptable for the driver-side small overlap front crash test and the highest rating of Good for four other crash tests. The front crash prevention test was not conducted because the C-Max does not offer an automatic emergency braking system. A blind-spot monitoring system with rear-cross traffic alert is found in the Titanium Driver Assist package that also includes front parking sensors and a self-parking system. A rearview camera and an SOS post-crash alert system are standard.

Utility (Cargo Space and Interior Room)

The 2018 C-Max offers 24.5 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seats and 52.6 cubic feet with the rear seats folded down. The Kia Niro hybrid has 19.4 cubic feet behind the rear seats and 54.5 with the rear seats folded down. Front seat passengers in the C-Max have 43.1 inches of legroom while rear seat passengers make due with 36.5 inches.

Technology

The C-Max comes standard with the Sync infotainment system with USB and auxiliary ports and a 110-volt power outlet for devices. Sync 3 is the upgraded infotainment system that is displayed on an 8.0-inch touchscreen; SiriusXM satellite radio and a navigation system are optional. A six-speaker audio system is standard and a nine-speaker Sony sound system with HD radio is available. A self-parking system and remote engine start are optional.

What We Think

In a First Test review of the 2013 Ford C-Max, we liked the cabin and its "comfortable and airy environment with plenty of cushy materials, bright lightings, and supportive seating. The extra-large windows add to the interior's open feel and allow for superb all-around visibility. Storage compartments and power outlets galore make the interior as useful as it is stylish."

We also liked the hatchback's fuel efficiency and said "If you drive it with the A/C blasting, radio blaring, and the occasional jackrabbit start from a stoplight, you'll easily see 35-plus mpg, thanks to its highly efficient 2.0-liter Atkinson four-cylinder that's good for 141 hp and 129 lb-ft of torque, 118-hp electric motor, and library-quiet HF35 eCVT transmission." We thought it was fun to drive for a hybrid—so much so, that the author recommended "two different people to purchase a C-Max Hybrid instead of a Prius."

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2018 FORD C-MAX SPECIFICATIONS
OVERVIEW
FEATURES
WARRANTY/RECALL
SAFETY
Engine Name
Engine: 4-Cyl 2.0 Liter Atkinson
Transmission Name
Transmission, eCVT Continuously Variable Automatic (HF35)
Trim
SE Hybrid Wagon
Class
Compact Utility
Horsepower
188@6000
Standard MPG
42/38
Body Style
Wagon
Drivetrain
FWD
Fuel Type
N/R
Seating Capacity
5/5
Package Invoice Retail

Equipment Group 201A - SE Driver Assist Package

INCLUDES: Apps Control; Audio System, Sync® 3, Satellite Radio with Color Touch Screen; Hatch/Trunk Closer, Automatic; Mobile Integration with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto; Multi-Function Display Screen, 8.0-Inch; Navigaion Via Mobile Phone; Parking Distance Sensors, Reverse Sensing System with Radar; Power Trunk/Hatch Pull-Down; Telematics; Text To Speech / Speech To Text; Voice Activating System, Sync® 3, with Radio Settings, Phone NOT AVAILABLE WITH: [202A] Equipment Group 202A - SE Comfort Package
$1249 $1315

Equipment Group 202A - SE Comfort Package

INCLUDES: Door Entry Light; Driver Seat, Heated; Mirror, Heated Driver; Mirror, Heated Passenger; Passenger Seat, Reclining 10-Way Power Adjustable Heated; Seat Upholstery, Leather NOT AVAILABLE WITH: [201A] Equipment Group 201A - SE Driver Assist Package; [KW] Seat Upholstery/Color, Charcoal Black Cloth; [KL] Seat Upholstery/Color, Medium Light Stone Cloth
$1520 $1600

Interior Protection Package

INCLUDES: Floor Covering; Floor Mats, Plastic/Rubber
$166 $175

Cold Weather Package

INCLUDES: Door Entry Light; Driver Seat, Heated; Mirror, Heated Driver; Mirror, Heated Passenger; Passenger Seat, Heated
$280 $295

Exterior Protection Package

INCLUDES: Mud Flaps; Rear Bumper Protection (Clear Tape)
$232 $245

Cargo Managment Package

INCLUDES: Load Restraint; Storage Box
$109 $115

Engine: 4-Cyl 2.0 Liter Atkinson

Std Std

Transmission, eCVT Continuously Variable Automatic (HF35)

Std Std

Exterior Color, Hot Pepper Red Tinted Clearcoat

N/C N/C

Exterior Color, Blue Metallic

N/C N/C

Exterior Color, Shadow Black

N/C N/C

Exterior Color, White Gold Metallic

N/C N/C

Exterior Color, Magnetic Metallic

N/C N/C

Exterior Color, White Platinum Metallic Tri-Coat

N/C N/C

Exterior Color, Ingot Silver Metallic

N/C N/C

Exterior Color, Oxford White

N/C N/C

Brake Assist System

Std Std

Brakes, 4 Wheel Disc w/ABS

Std Std

Electronic Brake Distribution

Std Std

Hand Brake, Electronic

Std Std

Navigation System, Voice-Activated Touchscreen

INCLUDES: Navigation System, with SD Card and Traffic Info; Voice Activating System, with Navigation
$755 $795

Keyless Entry Keypad

$90 $95

Air Conditioning: Dual-Zone Climate Control

Std Std

Apps Control

CONTAINED IN: [201A] Equipment Group 201A - SE Driver Assist Package
Std Std

Bluetooth®

Std Std

Cargo Hooks

Std Std

Connection To External Entertainment Devices

Std Std

Cruise/Speed Control

Std Std

Cup Holders, Front and Rear

Std Std

Door Entry Light

CONTAINED IN: [47W] Cold Weather Package; [202A] Equipment Group 202A - SE Comfort Package
Std Std

Hatch/Trunk Closer, Automatic

CONTAINED IN: [201A] Equipment Group 201A - SE Driver Assist Package
Pkg Pkg

Load Restraint

CONTAINED IN: [96C] Cargo Managment Package
Pkg Pkg

Navigaion Via Mobile Phone

CONTAINED IN: [201A] Equipment Group 201A - SE Driver Assist Package
Pkg Pkg

Navigation System, with SD Card and Traffic Info

CONTAINED IN: [583] Navigation System, Voice-Activated Touchscreen
Grp Grp

Power Locks

Std Std

Power Outlet, 12v

Std Std

Power Sunshade

CONTAINED IN: [43P] Panoramic Fixed Glass Roof
Grp Grp

Power Trunk/Hatch Pull-Down

CONTAINED IN: [201A] Equipment Group 201A - SE Driver Assist Package
Pkg Pkg

Power Windows

Std Std

Secondary Ventilation Controls

Std Std

Smart Card/Key

Std Std

Storage Box

CONTAINED IN: [96C] Cargo Managment Package
Pkg Pkg

Telematics

CONTAINED IN: [201A] Equipment Group 201A - SE Driver Assist Package
Std Std

Text To Speech / Speech To Text

CONTAINED IN: [201A] Equipment Group 201A - SE Driver Assist Package
Std Std

Trip Computer

Std Std

Trunk/Hatch Release, Remote

Std Std

Ventilation System

Std Std

Voice Activating System, Sync® 3, with Radio Settings, Phone

CONTAINED IN: [201A] Equipment Group 201A - SE Driver Assist Package
Pkg Pkg

Voice Activating System, Sync®, with Radio Settings, Phone

Std Std

Voice Activating System, with Navigation

CONTAINED IN: [583] Navigation System, Voice-Activated Touchscreen
Grp Grp

Mobile Integration with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto

CONTAINED IN: [201A] Equipment Group 201A - SE Driver Assist Package
Pkg Pkg

Multi-Function Display Screen, 4.2-Inch

Std Std

Multi-Function Display Screen, 8.0-Inch

CONTAINED IN: [201A] Equipment Group 201A - SE Driver Assist Package
Pkg Pkg

Axle Ratio, 2.570

Std Std

Battery, 1.4 Kwh Lithium Ion

Std Std

Brakes, Regenerative

Std Std

Compass

Std Std

Driver Modes: Engine Mapping

Std Std

External Temperature

Std Std

Fuel Tank, 13.5 Gallon

Std Std

Power Supply, Mains

Std Std

Traction Control, Electronic

Std Std

Start/Stop

Std Std

Drive: Front-Wheel Drive

Std Std

Door Handles (Exterior), Body Color

Std Std

Panoramic Fixed Glass Roof

INCLUDES: Glass Roof; Power Sunshade
$1249 $1315

Bumpers, Front and Rear Body-Colored

Std Std

Glass Roof

CONTAINED IN: [43P] Panoramic Fixed Glass Roof
Grp Grp

Mud Flaps

CONTAINED IN: [90C] Exterior Protection Package
Pkg Pkg

Rear Bumper Protection (Clear Tape)

CONTAINED IN: [90C] Exterior Protection Package
Pkg Pkg

Spoiler, Roof

Std Std

Window, Rear

Std Std

Windows, 3rd Row

Std Std

Windows, Rear Side

Std Std

Rear Door, Lifting Gate

Std Std

Doors, Front-Hinged Front

Std Std

Stainless Steel Door-Scuff Plates

$90 $95

Armrest, Front Seat Center

Std Std

Cargo Area Cover (/Rear Parcel Shelf)

Std Std

Console

Std Std

Floor Covering, Carpet In Passenger And Load Area

Std Std

Floor Covering

CONTAINED IN: [47P] Interior Protection Package
Pkg Pkg

Floor Mats, Plastic/Rubber

CONTAINED IN: [47P] Interior Protection Package
Pkg Pkg

Floor Mats

Std Std

Light, Cargo Area

Std Std

Luxury Trim, Alloy Look On Console And Instrument Panel ; None On Doors

Std Std

Steering Wheel: Alloy & Leather-Trimmed, Tilt Telescoping Steering Wheel

Std Std

Vanity Mirror: Illuminated Driver And Passenger Vanity Mirror

Std Std

LED Lights, Side Indicator Lights

Std Std

Reading Lights, Front and Rear

Std Std

Body-Color Driver And Passenger Power Door Mirrors With Turn Signals

Std Std

Mirror, Heated Driver

CONTAINED IN: [47W] Cold Weather Package; [202A] Equipment Group 202A - SE Comfort Package
Pkg Pkg

Mirror, Heated Passenger

CONTAINED IN: [47W] Cold Weather Package; [202A] Equipment Group 202A - SE Comfort Package
Pkg Pkg

Rear View Mirror

Std Std

Electronic Noise Reduction

Std Std

Paint, Metallic

Std Std

Hot Pepper Red Tinted Clearcoat

$375 $395

White Platinum Metallic Tri-Coat Paint

$565 $595

Headlight Control, Dusk Sensor

Std Std

Headlights, Halogen

Std Std

Hill Holder

Std Std

Isofix Preparation

Std Std

AdvanceTrac® W/Roll Stability Control™ (RSC®)

Std Std

Airbag, Front

Std Std

Airbag, Side Curtain

Std Std

Airbag, Side

Std Std

Airbags, 7

Std Std

Airbags, Knee

Std Std

Glass, Tinted

Std Std

Head Restraints

Std Std

Lights, Daytime Running

Std Std

Limited Slip Differential

Std Std

Low Tire Pressure Indicator

Std Std

Parking Distance Sensors, Rear Camera

Std Std

Parking Distance Sensors, Reverse Sensing System with Radar

CONTAINED IN: [201A] Equipment Group 201A - SE Driver Assist Package
Pkg Pkg

Passenger Assist Handles

Std Std

Roll Stability Control

Std Std

Seatbelts, Front

Std Std

Seatbelts, Rear

Std Std

Theft Deterrent System

Std Std

Windshield Wipers, Variable Intermittent

Std Std

Driver Seat, 10-Way Power Bucket; Passenger Seat, Bucket

Std Std

Driver Seat, Heated

CONTAINED IN: [47W] Cold Weather Package; [202A] Equipment Group 202A - SE Comfort Package
Pkg Pkg

Passenger Seat, Heated

CONTAINED IN: [47W] Cold Weather Package
Pkg Pkg

Passenger Seat, Reclining 10-Way Power Adjustable Heated

CONTAINED IN: [202A] Equipment Group 202A - SE Comfort Package
Pkg Pkg

Rear Seats, Bench Split Folding

Std Std

Seat Upholstery, Cloth

Std Std

Seat Upholstery, Leather

CONTAINED IN: [202A] Equipment Group 202A - SE Comfort Package
Pkg Pkg

Seating, 5

Std Std

Seat Upholstery/Color, Medium Light Stone Leather

N/C N/C

Seat Upholstery/Color, Charcoal Black Leather

N/C N/C

Seat Upholstery/Color, Medium Light Stone Cloth

NOT AVAILABLE WITH: [202A] Equipment Group 202A - SE Comfort Package
N/C N/C

Seat Upholstery/Color, Charcoal Black Cloth

NOT AVAILABLE WITH: [202A] Equipment Group 202A - SE Comfort Package
N/C N/C

Audio System, Sync® 3, Satellite Radio with Color Touch Screen

CONTAINED IN: [201A] Equipment Group 201A - SE Driver Assist Package
Pkg Pkg

Audio System, Sync® AM/FM Radio, MP3/CD Player, Satellite Radio with Color Screen

Std Std

Remote Audio Controls

Std Std

Six Speakers

Std Std

Power Steering

Std Std

Suspension, Front Strut/Rear Multi-Link w/ Coil Springs

Std Std

Tires, P225/50VR17 All Season BSW

Std Std

Wheels, 17" Alloy

Std Std

Wheels, Single Rear

Std Std
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Corrosion Warranty Miles
unlimited
Maintenance Warranty Months
none
Corrosion Warranty Months
60
Powertrain Warranty Miles
60000
Full Warranty Miles
36000
Powertrain Warranty Months
60
Full Warranty Months
36
Roadside Assistance Miles
60000
Maintenance Warranty Miles
none
Roadside Assistance Months
60
IIHS Best Pick
0
NHTSA Rating Front Driver
4
IIHS Front Moderate Overlap
Good
NHTSA Rating Front Passenger
4
IIHS Front Small Overlap
Acceptable
NHTSA Rating Front Side
5
IIHS Overall Side Crash
Good
NHTSA Rating Overall
4
IIHS Rear Crash
Good
NHTSA Rating Rear Side
5
IIHS Roof Strength
Good
NHTSA Rating Rollover
4