The 2017 Ford C-Max Energi aims to be both a reputable plug-in-hybrid gasoline-electric auto and a versatile multipurpose lorry. Instead, it's a jeopardized instance of both.
Lately freshened, the five-year-old C-Max Energi puts on upgraded headlights with LED running lights, a restyled grille, a brand-new collection of 17-inch wheels, as well as a set of reworked taillights. Mechanically the same, the Energi is pushed by both a 141-hp Atkinson-cycle 2.0-liter inline-four as well as 2 electric motor/generators for a consolidated outcome of 188 horsepower.
The real showpiece of the C-Max Energi, though, is its 7.6-kWh battery pack-- a lot bigger than the typical pluggable C-Max hybrid's 1.4-kWh pack-- that offers sufficient juice to take the fashionable five-door approximately an EPA-rated 20 miles on electrons alone. Obviously, your gas mileage may vary. When the battery pack is depleted, the C-Max Energi executes like a regular crossbreed automobile, delicately sharing or switching duties between the gasoline engine as well as electric motors as required. Recharging the C-Max Energi's diminished battery pack takes about seven hrs on a 120-volt charger; much better to discover a 240-volt system that can do the act in a more sensible 2.5 hrs.
Sadly, the large battery pack occupies a large chunk of the rear cargo area. This monolith juts up from the floor, elevating it significantly and also intruding on the tons room, specifically when the back seatbacks are folded up. Whereas the non-plug-in C-Max crossbreed boasts a compact-SUV-like 25 cubic feet of space, the Energi's battery pack cuts that figure down by six dices, placing it on the same level with the subcompact Jeep Insurgent. On the bonus side, the C-Max Energi's pack location has no impact on the rest of the interior packaging, and also the vehicle continuously below as well as easy to enter.
As gauged on our ranges, the C-Max Energi weighs 230 extra pounds greater than does its plugless brother or sister. Our Oxford White C-Max Energi SE test cars and truck checked in at a chunky 3860 extra pounds. Considering its considerable heft, the high-roofed hatchback provided unusual performance at our examination track. The sprint to 60 mph took a reasonable 7.6 secs, while the quarter-mile passed after 16.0 seconds at 89 miles per hour, a little much better compared to the 7.9 as well as 16.1 secs we gauged in examinations of a 2013 C-Max Energi and a common 2017 C-Max crossbreed.
In the real world, the efficiency is greatly depending on the battery's state of fee and also which of three driving modes has been picked: Vehicle EV, EV Currently, or EV Later. Auto EV keeps the electrical motor in command of acceleration as long as the battery pack has enough juice in it. Mat the go pedal, however, and also the four-cylinder will certainly wake up and also supply added ahead thrust. Opting for EV Now maintains the car working on readily available electrons no matter the best pedal's setting. Fortunately, the electrical motor's virtually instant 117 lb-ft of torque offers the C-Max Energi with lots of pep for low-speed traveling. Fly also near the EV mode's 75-mph top speed that we observed, though, as well as the battery rapidly goes out. Lastly, EV Later allows C-Max Energi vehicle drivers save the battery pack's fee for later use.
Stopping the C-Max Energi is achieved by means of the vented front as well as strong rear disc brakes together with a regenerative energy-recovery system. Totally using the brakes at 70 miles per hour consumed 179 feet of tarmac heading to a period-- 11 feet much shorter than the Chevrolet Volt and also 12 less compared to the Toyota Prius V needed. In gentler pedal applications, the changeover between the regenerative and also friction stopping systems can be disconcerting; in harder stopping, the shift is much less noticeable.
Around our skidpad, the C-Max Energi's 17-inch Michelin Energy Saver A/S tires screeched mercilessly up to a small maximum of 0.75 g, or 0.09 g even worse than the Volt. It might lack overall grip, yet the Ford Focus-based, 63.8-inch-tall hatchback is all of a sudden involving to own. Credit score its well-damped suspension and also the well-weighted and also chatty electrically assisted power-steering system.
Blind spots are lessened thanks to the C-Max Energi's conveniently raised seating position, reduced beltline, and substantial windshield. Very finely cushioned cloth seats, nonetheless, do not have the support needed for long-haul convenience. A scale collection with two multi-information displays can be personalized to reveal driving effectiveness, power circulation, fuel economy, a brake coach, as well as much more. Our examination cars and truck's $1200 401A Equipment Group choice plan included a huge 8.0-inch touchscreen infomercial system with Sync 3 in addition to a pair of USB ports, backup sensing units, and a power-operated liftgate.
Our C-Max Energi SE wore an as-tested cost of $29,195, or $2945 greater than an equal C-Max SE hybrid. Yet, compared with a base Chevrolet Volt, this Energi was $4900 less expensive. The Volt's EPA-rated 53-mile EV variety is more than 2 as well as a half times the Energi's official rating, plus the Chevy is eligible for a $7500 government tax credit history, while the Ford qualifies for just a $4007 credit rating.
Inevitably, the 2017 Ford C-Max Energi's limited EV range and also hampered convenience evokes a quote by Parks and Recreation's Ron Swanson: "Never half-ass 2 things. Whole evaluate one point."