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MSRP: $31,635 - $31,635
Invoice: $29,499 - $29,499
MPG: 40 City / 36 Hwy
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Ford C-Max Energi Interior

Most reviewers say that the 2014 Ford C-Max Energi’s cabin is filled with high-end materials and has an attractive design. On the other hand, some think the dash is odd-looking. Test drivers agree that there is enough head- and legroom for four tall passengers to sit comfortably. However, the cargo area is one of the smallest in the wagon class. Many automotive journalists say the MyFord Touch infotainment system makes common audio and climate controls more complicated than they need to be.

  • "The 5-passenger cabin is filled with attractive, soft-touch surfaces that combine to produce a remarkably upscale feel, particularly for this class of vehicle." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "C-Max's aforementioned Focus and Escape-sourced dashboard isn't great to look at, but it has at least become pretty familiar over the years. We're not big fans of its lumpy, alien-inspired shape, although at least most of the controls are mounted up high for the climate and audio control systems." -- Left Lane News (2013)

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Seating

The 2014 Ford C-Max Energi seats five and comes standard with leather upholstery, heated front seats and a power-adjustable driver’s seat. Most critics agree that the C-Max Energi has a very spacious cabin that provides enough head- and legroom in both rows for four tall passengers to sit comfortably. They like that the C-Max Energi has a tall roof and large windows that give great outward visibility, as well as higher seats that provide a driving position like an SUV’s.

  • "Front-seat comfort in the C-MAX Energi is satisfactory, with tons of height adjustability for the driver's seat. The back seat isn't exactly spacious, but two adults can ride back there without issue, and the middle seat makes the Energi a more viable option for growing families." -- AutoTrader
  • "A tall roof and wide side glass provide excellent 360-degree visibility, while the elevated seats provide an SUV-like driving position." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Thanks to the tall roof and upright seating positions, four six-footers will fit in the C-Max without banging their heads or knees." -- Car and Driver (2013)
  • "Front and rear passenger space is excellent all around and the big side windows offer terrific outward visibility." -- Left Lane News (2013)

Interior Features

The 2014 Ford C-Max Energi comes standard with push-button start, dual-zone automatic climate control, a 110-volt power outlet, a six-speaker audio system, Bluetooth, a USB port, satellite radio, rear parking sensors, a MyFord Touch touch-screen infotainment system and SYNC, which allows you to connect your smartphone via USB or Bluetooth and control it using voice commands. Optional features include a fixed glass panoramic roof, a nine-speaker Sony audio system, navigation, a rearview camera and active park assist, which helps steer the car into a parallel spot.

Many test drivers say that MyFord Touch complicates simple audio and climate system adjustments. Some reviewers think SYNC’s voice command function works well. Some critics think the C-Max Energi’s gauges, which show you things like the car’s fuel consumption and speed, are useful, but others find them annoying.

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  • "On the negative side, MyFord Touch continues to be a bear to use and taints any experience with a Ford vehicle." -- Automobile Magazine (2013)
  • "Improvements have made MyFord Touch more reliable and easier to use, but it still features a hefty learning curve for both its touchscreen and its voice commands and it occasionally lags behind user inputs. The system froze once during our test, requiring us to restart the C-Max entirely." -- Left Lane News (2013)
  • "Among non-luxury carmakers, Ford offers a lot when it comes to tech. By itself, Sync does an excellent job of connecting personal electronics to the car, and making them safe to use while driving." -- CNET (2013)
  • "At first there's even a playful element about the computerized regenerative-braking coach, which judges the driver's ability to recover energy during every full stop and displays it on the dashboard as a percentage of potential. But the novelty wears off as you discover that your natural braking style produces consistent, sub-60-percent energy-recovery stops. Eventually it becomes annoying as the car frequently informs you that regenerative braking is yet one more thing in your life at which you are tragically inadequate." -- Car and Driver (2013)

Cargo

The 2014 Ford C-Max Energi has 19.2 cubic feet of cargo space behind the second-row seats and 42.8 cubic feet of cargo space when the second-row seats are folded. The C-Max Energi’s cargo area is among the smallest of any wagon, but it has decent cargo space compared with other plug-in hybrids. Though critics understand that the C-Max Energi's battery pack takes up a lot of space in the cargo area, they still think the available cargo space is too small. They especially dislike that the battery pack raises the load floor in the cargo area, which they say can make it difficult to load large items. A power liftgate is available with a feature that opens the liftgate when you wave your foot under the bumper.

  • "Cargo space, however, is an issue, thanks to the enormous battery pack housing that resides on the trunk floor. The official measurements are 19.2 cu ft behind the back seat and 42.8 cu ft with the rear seat backs folded down, but if you do fold them, there's a big drop-off from the battery shelf down to the seat backs." -- AutoTrader
  • "The biggest difference between this Energi and a standard Ford C-Max Hybrid is the laughably tiny cargo area. Because the Energi's larger battery pack takes up so much space, the effective liftover height is almost up to my elbows. It feels like you must perch any cargo atop a shelf that is higher up than the roofline of a Subaru BRZ, and that makes this family hatchback considerably less useful." -- Automobile Magazine (2013)
  • "The dimensions of the C-Max Energi make it very suitable as an all-purpose family vehicle, although the loss of cargo area space for the battery pack makes Ford's C-Max Hybrid ultimately more practical." -- CNET (2013)
  • "The cargo space rear of the back seat may alarm some buyers. About six inches of the vertical space is gone, owing to the positioning of the battery. I can see this being a problem for folks who carry a lot of gear and go on a lot of trips. But I was able to pack a normal shopping trip's worth of groceries -- six bags -- just fine." -- AOL Autos (2013)
Review Last Updated: 5/13/14

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