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Ford C-Max Hybrid Interior

Auto writers say the 2015 Ford C-Max Hybrid’s cabin seems upmarket for the class, with first-rate materials, good build quality and an appealing design. They add that the driving position offers a better view of the road than many competitors, and the rear seat has ample head- and legroom. However, the C-Max Hybrid also has a smaller cargo area than most other wagons, and critics complain that the optional MyFord Touch infotainment system is difficult to use.

  • "Ford's newfound status as a leader in interior design and material quality is evident in the 2015 C-Max. 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
  • "Furthermore, its cabin is a pleasant place to spend extended periods of time, with high-quality materials, a modern-looking dashboard and nifty displays." -- Left Lane News
  • "The C-Max Hybrid's cabin will feel familiar if you've driven a Focus or Escape, which is a very good thing since these cars all incorporate top-notch materials, solid construction and eye-catching design." -- Edmunds
  • "Materials and design are a pleasant surprise, and the feature content is excellent in both the well-equipped SE and full-boat SEL trims." -- Road and Track (2013)

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The 2015 Ford C-Max Hybrid seats five, and is available with leather upholstery, heated front seats and a power-adjustable driver’s seat. According to automotive journalists, the C-Max Hybrid’s front seats have generous headroom and the driver’s seat offers a better view of the road than most competitors. They add that the rear seat has ample headroom and sufficient legroom for 6-foot passengers.

  • "The supportive, high-mounted driver seat gives you a slightly more commanding view of the road than you'll get in most wagons and hatchbacks." -- Edmunds
  • "Headroom is overly abundant in all seating positions, and rear legroom is suitable for 6-footers." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "For occupants, the second row in the C-Max is about as spacious as the V's, and the Ford's seats are comfortable and supportive. When compared to the Prius hatchback, however, the C-Max is slightly larger inside." -- Car and Driver (2013)
  • "The C-Max is a tall five-seater that places more emphasis on passenger space than cargo room behind the rear bench. By doing this, Ford was able to create a smallish vehicle that is easy to park in cramped city conditions, but with enough room for four over-6-foot-tall adults to sit comfortably." -- CNET (2013)

Interior Features

The 2015 Ford C-Max Hybrid comes standard with dual-zone automatic climate control, a six-speaker audio system, an auxiliary audio input, a USB port, Bluetooth and Ford’s voice-activated SYNC system. Ford’s MyKey system, which lets parents set speed and audio volume limits for young drivers, is also standard. Available features include color-customizable ambient lighting, push-button start, remote start, a fixed glass panoramic roof, a nine-speaker Sony audio system, navigation, satellite radio, rear parking sensors, a rearview camera, parallel park assist and the MyFord Touch infotainment system.

Reviewers like the Ford C-Max Hybrid’s range of high-tech electronic features, including what they claim is one of the best parallel parking assist systems on the market. However, they complain that the optional MyFord Touch infotainment system is difficult to use.

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  • "Meanwhile, the optional MyFord Touch interface remains an imperfect and generally counterintuitive means of controlling the car's many functions." -- Edmunds
  • "The C-Max is also available with Ford's outstanding automatic parallel-parking system, one of the best and easiest-to-use systems that we've ever tested thanks to its one-button activation and automatic parking-space finder." -- CNET (2013)
  • "Other gadgetry includes the cartoony effects of the instrument cluster, better known as SmartGauge with EcoGuide, presenting whizbang displays of efficiency and consumption in addition to such basics as speed and distance." -- Automobile Magazine (2013)


The 2015 Ford C-Max Hybrid has 24.5 cubic feet of cargo space behind the second-row seats and 52.6 cubic feet when the second-row seats are folded, which is a bit low compared to the cargo capacities of other wagons, but excellent compared to those of most hybrids. The C-Max Hybrid is available with a power liftgate that opens when you wave your foot under the rear bumper, and auto writers say it is a helpful feature when your hands are full.

  • "Although the C-Max has more cargo capacity than a compact sedan or hatchback, it falls short of similarly priced wagons and SUVs." -- Edmunds
  • "The cargo area offers slightly more space than the regular Prius, but significantly less than the larger Prius V." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Unfortunately, the C-MAX it isn't quite as big inside as its crossover-like look would suggest - while the Prius V has 34.3 cubic feet behind its 60/40 split folding rear seats, the Ford manages only 24.5 cubic feet." -- Left Lane News
  • "There are also a few deceptively simple convenience options that aim to make life easier for the C-Max owner. For example, the foot-activated liftgate. When approaching the vehicle with full hands and the smart-key transponder in pocket, the C-Max user can simply hold one foot momentarily under the C-Max's rear bumper to activate the power liftgate." -- CNET (2013)
Review Last Updated: 11/18/14

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