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Used Car: 2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid Review

Review Last Updated: 7/16/14

Though it has a smaller cargo area than rival wagons, the 2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid gets great fuel economy, and test drivers said it has ample passenger space.

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The 2013 C-Max Hybrid has a four-cylinder engine, an electric motor and a continuously variable transmission (CVT). Many critics said the C-Max has impressive acceleration for a hybrid, and some added that it feels more powerful climbing hills than the 2013 Toyota Prius v. According to the EPA, the 2013 C-Max Hybrid gets 42/37 mpg city/highway, which is very good for a wagon. Some test drivers said the C-Max Hybrid absorbs bumps in the road well, but others wrote that rivals like the Prius v have a smoother ride. Several reviewers said the C-Max Hybrid has composed handling and precise steering, and some even noted that it is entertaining to drive. Most critics wrote that the C-Max Hybrid’s brakes are strong, but some said that they can be grabby.

Quality materials and a contemporary design pleased test drivers who sat in the 2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid. They also appreciated the high-mounted front seats, as well as the ample leg-, shoulder- and headroom in the back. The C-Max Hybrid has 52.6 cubic feet of cargo space with the rear seat folded, which is below average for a wagon. Standard features include dual-zone automatic climate control, Bluetooth and Ford’s Sync voice-controlled interface. Available features include navigation, the MyFord Touch touch-screen infotainment system and a power liftgate that can be opened by waving your foot under the bumper. Automotive critics pointed out that the MyFord Touch infotainment system has lots of features, but they said it is hard to use.

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Other Wagons to Consider

The 2013 Toyota Prius v gets better fuel economy than the C-Max Hybrid, and reviewers reported that it has a very smooth ride. The Prius v also has a much larger cargo area, and critics loved its spacious, adjustable rear seats.

The diesel-powered 2013 Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen TDI gets outstanding fuel economy, and critics enjoyed its sharp steering and powerful brakes. They added that the Jetta SportWagen’s cabin offers premium materials and exceptional build quality.

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