2018 Ford C-Max Energi

in Fullsize wagons
2018 MODEL
$24,120 - $27,175 See Inventory Prices



Detailed Review

The 2018 Ford C MAX is a Hybrid Wagon that has agile handling and a swift acceleration among the best cars manufactured by the Ford. The Ford C MAX has abundant capabilities within its small size. It is more accurate to call it a compact wagon or a hatchback that is the best suitable for driving within cities.

The Ford C MAX has been there for quite some time but this facelift to the C MAX has a few refinements that add to the enhancement of the wagon's performance, fuel economy, and factors alike. The compact wagon has been reinvigorated for a better ride and handling experience with more comfortable interiors that are built with high-quality materials.





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Starting at a price of $24,120, the Ford C MAX is available in two trim levels namely the Ford C MAX Hybrid SE and the Ford C MAX Hybrid Titanium. The Hybrid SE is the base model and it is suitable for budget-minded buyers. The Hybrid Titanium Trim Level comes with the advanced features of the Ford and it is priced around a $3,000 higher than the SE

2018 Ford C-Max Energi Features


The Ford C MAX comes with a starting price of $24,120 and it is available in two trim levels as the Hybrid SE and the Hybrid Titanium. The Hybrid SE will be the best option for a budget-minded buyer as it has almost all the functionalities at the basic level. However, the Hybrid Titanium features all the advancements of the Ford.

The C MAX Hybrid SE manages to meet the expectations of the buyer with surplus functionalities. It features dual-zone automatic climate control and power adjustable driver seat which are all not outdated advancements in technology. In terms of entertainment and connectivity, it features a 6-speaker audio system, Bluetooth, SYNC, and a USB Port. The C MAX Hybrid Titanium is loaded with abundant advancements to the already existing features of the Hybrid SE.

Trims C MAX Hybrid SE C Max Hybrid Titanium
MSRP $24,120 $27,225
  • Cloth upholstery
  • A power-adjustable driver's seat
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control,
  • A six-speaker audio system
  • Bluetooth
  • A USB port
  • The SYNC voice recognition system
  • A rearview camera.
  • Includes features found in the SE trim
  • Leather upholstery
  • Heated seats
  • Two USB ports
  • A nine-speaker audio system
  • Rear park assist
  • The SYNC 3 system with 8-inch touch screen
  • Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and navigation.

Whichever trim level of the C MAX you opt for, they contain the same 2.0L four-cylinder gasoline engine that includes an electric motor with a lithium-ion battery. Power is supplied by a Continuously Variable Automatic Transmission (CVT) System.

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The Ford comes with a power packed engine and advanced features and looks compact and stylish. If you are looking for an economical option, the best value for your money would be the Hybrid SE trim level. The C MAX Hybrid SE trim is good to go entry level wagon that would save more amount of your money. You can also add most of the C-MAX’s advanced features as add-on options to your ride.

2018 Ford C-Max Energi Engine


"The 2018 Ford C-Max Hybrid has nimbler handling and quicker acceleration than nearly every hybrid rival. Among wagons, it's one of the most fuel-efficient options available, though the C-Max Hybrid's gas mileage isn't up to snuff compared to other hybrids."- cars.usnews

Engine and Transmission

In both, the Hybrid SE and the Hybrid Titanium Trim Levels the Ford comes with a 2.0L iVCT Atkinson-Cycle Inline-4 Hybrid Engine that runs on Gasoline. The Hybrid engine includes Continuously Variable Automatic Transmission System that ensures delivery of 188hp power.

The other rivalries are not able to beat the Ford C MAX in terms of power however, the Nissan Leaf manages to deliver an amazing amount of 236 lb-ft of torque that is the maximum among all the competitors. The Hybrid’s powertrain works both on gasoline and electric power and the transition between the two is a smooth and comfortable one. The CVT Transmission System is electronically controlled and it works in such a manner that it feels like automatic.

Models Ford C Max (SE) Toyota Prius (One) Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid (Blue) Nissan Leaf (S)
MSRP $24,120 $23,475 $22,200 $29,990
Engine/Motor 2.0L iVCT Atkinson-Cycle I-4 Hybrid 1.8L, 4-cylinder Aluminum DOHC 16-Valve 1.6L GDI DOHC 16-valve inline 4-cylinder 110kW AC Synchronous Motor
Transmission CVT Automatic CVT Automatic 6-Speed Automatic Single Speed Automatic
Power 188 hp 121 hp 139 hp 147 hp
Torque 129 lb-ft 105 lb-ft 109 lb-ft 236 lb-ft


The 2018 Ford Wagon is exceptionally fast in accelerating from the halt and it features a smooth and comfortable acceleration. It reaches the speed of 60mph in just 7.9 sec, however, among the rivalries the Nissan Leaf (S) is found to be the fastest as it reaches the 60mph in just 7.5 seconds.

The Toyota Prius (One) and the Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid (Blue) are found to be 2-3 seconds slower than the other two rivalries. The Ford C MAX and the Nissan Leaf(S) differ just by 2 seconds in reaching the quarter-mile.

Models Ford C Max (SE) Toyota Prius (One) Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid (Blue) Nissan Leaf (S)
0-60 MPH 7.9 sec 9.7 sec 8.1 sec 7.5 sec
Quarter mile 16.0 sec 17.1 sec 16.8 sec 15.8 sec
Engine/Motor 2.0L 1.8L 1.6L 110kw Electric Motor
Emission(Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year) 4.4 3.4 3.2 0.0

The Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid and the Toyota Prius(One) may be slower because of their lower capacity engines but they are found to be emitting a lesser amount of CO2 when compared to the Ford which emits up to 4.4 Tons/yr @ 15Kmi/year.

Handling and Steering

The C MAX has a self-possessed handling when compared to most of the other hybrid competitors. It has the front-wheel-drive that delivers a peaceful and cozy ride making the long-distance rides smoother than ever.

This hybrid wagon comes with an Electric Power Assisted Steering (EPAS) that induces outstanding control over the steering wheel and also contributes to more amount of fuel efficiency by using it as and when it is needed. It also helps a lot at turnings where the steering wheel has to be turned to a greater angle.


The Braking System of the C MAX includes a vented front and solid rear disc brakes that constitute more of a non-traditional braking system. The braking system also includes a regenerative energy-recovery system and the Hybrid Hatchback comes to a stop from 60mph by eating up 128ft of the track.

The Nissan Leaf is found to consume the highest distance of 129-feet to come to a halt from 60mph whereas the Toyota Prius(One) and the Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid(Blue) cover a lesser distance of 121 and 124 feet to come to a halt.

Model Ford C Max (SE) Toyota Prius (One) Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid (Blue) Nissan Leaf (S)
Brake Front(in) 10.9 10.0 11.0 11.1
Brake Rear(in) 11.0 10.2 10.3 11.5
Curb Weight(lbs) 3640 3075 2996 3433
60-0 MPH (ft.) 128 121 124 129

2018 Ford C-Max Energi Fuel Economy


The Ford C MAX delivers a fuel economy out of gasoline that is not up to the mark when compared to the other hybrid class vehicles. It delivers a 42/38 mpg fuel economy on City/Highway roads which is much less when compared to the Toyota Prius(One) and the Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid(Blue).

The maximum amount of fuel efficiency is delivered by the Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid (Blue) that gives 57/59 mpg on city highway roads. The Toyota Prius delivers a 7mpg less on city roads and a 5mpg lesser on the highway roads when compared to the Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid (Blue).

Model Ford C Max (SE) Toyota Prius (One) Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid (Blue) Nissan Leaf (S)
MPG (City) 42 50 57 125 (eMPG)
MPG (Highway) 38 54 59 100 (eMPG)
MPG (Combined) 40 52 58 112 (eMPG)

2018 Ford C-Max Energi Interior


"Climb inside the 2018 Ford C-Max Hybrid and you'll find handsome styling, high-end materials, and excellent build quality. It looks and feels like you're in a more expensive car. The seats are comfortable and roomy, and the available infotainment system is easy to use."- cars.usnews

Seating and Comfort

The C MAX features an elegant and exceptionally well-designed cabin that adds a rich look and feel to the interior. It features a Dual-Zone Automatic Temperature Control and a Smart Gauge with Eco-Guide. All the competitors including the Ford C MAX have an equal seating capacity of 5.

The wagon is found to have the highest passenger volume of 99.7 ft-cube that is a 3.5 ft-cube higher than that of the Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid (Blue). It offers more shoulder room and leg room for both the front and rear seat passengers.

Model Ford C Max (SE) Toyota Prius (One) Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid (Blue) Nissan Leaf (S)
Passenger capacity 5 5 5 5
Passenger Volume (ft cube) 99.7 93.1 96.2 92.4
Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg)(In.) 41.0/55.9/43.1 39.4/55.0/42.3 39.1/56.1/42.2 41.2/54.3/42.1
Second (Head/Shoulder/Leg)(In.) 39.4/55.2/36.5 37.4/53.0/33.4 37.4/55/35.7 37.3/52.5/33.5

Interior Features

  • Dual-Zone Automatic Climate Control
  • Rear Seat Heat Ducts
  • Leather Wrapped Steering Wheel
  • Steering Wheel with Secondary Audio Control
  • Cruise Control

Infotainment System

The infotainment system varies in two Trim Levels of the C MAX. The SE trim level comes with the SYNC Entertainment System with integrated Voice Recognition Communication, 6-speakers, USB Port, and AM/FM/CD/MP3 Audio Systems. On the other hand, the Titanium comes with the advanced SYNC 3 Infotainment System with 9-speaker Audio System from SONY and HD Radio Technology. This infotainment system is highly-responsive and recognizes voice input at high speed.

Cargo Capacity

The C MAX Hybrid wagon comes with second-row seats that are 60/40 Split Forward Foldable that contribute to making up more volume for cargo space. The Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid (Blue) is found to have the maximum cargo space; the Ford and Toyota Prius have an almost equal cargo space with 0.1 ft-cube difference.

Model Ford C Max (SE) Toyota Prius (One) Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid (Blue) Nissan Leaf (S)
Volume (ft cube) 24.5 24.6 26.5 23.6

2018 Ford C-Max Energi Exterior


"As for the C-Max, its rounded and mounded exterior pays off on the inside, where there is ample headroom and space for taller people and objects."- Kelley Blue Book

Dimensions and Design

The Ford C MAX Hybrid features a striking exterior look with its 17-inch wheels and all-LED headlights and taillights. The Ford has the highest value in Curb Weight, Width, and Height when compared to the rivalries. It's 72.0-inches wide and 63.9-inches tall and the closest to these values is for the Ioniq Hybrid that is 71.7-inches wide and the Nissan that is 61.4-inches tall.

In terms of ground clearance, the Nissan Leaf(S) has the highest value of 5.9-inches which is a 0.4-inches greater than that of the C MAX Hybrid. The Toyota Prius, Hyundai Ioniq, and the Nissan Leaf tie up in having the same wheelbase value of 106.3-inches.

Model Ford C Max (SE) Toyota Prius (One) Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid (Blue) Nissan Leaf (S)
Curb weight(lbs) 3640 3075 2996 3433
Length(in) 173.6 178.7 176.0 176.4
Width(in) 72.0 69.3 71.7 70.5
Height(in) 63.9 58.1 56.9 61.4
Ground clearance(in) 5.5 5.1 5.3 5.9
Wheel base(in) 104.3 106.3 106.3 106.3
Track width(in) F/R 60.5/60.4 60.2/60.6 61.5/62.1 60.6/61.2

Exterior Features:

  • 17-inch alloy wheels
  • All LED headlights and taillights
  • Integrated Blind Spot Mirrors
  • Centre High-Mounted Stop Lamp
  • 5-Door Multi-Activity Vehicle

2018 Ford C-Max Energi Safety


Besides the performance, capabilities, advancements, exteriors, and interiors there are a lot of safety features that are noticeable in the compact sedan. The 2018 Ford C MAX has been ranked #6 in Wagons and #14 in Hybrid and Electric Cars by the U.S.News & World Report. It has also obtained an overall rating of 4 from the NHTSA in terms of safety.

The ratings that are given by the IIHS (Insurance Institute for Highway Safety) and the NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) for the various safety measures are listed below.

Safety Ratings by NHSTA
Overall Rating 4 Star
Frontal Crash 4 Star
Side crash 5Star
Rollover 4 Star
Safety Ratings by IIHS
Small overlap front test result Acceptable
Rear crash protection result Good
Moderate overlap front Good
Side Good
Roof strength Good

Safety Features:

  • Advancetrac w/Roll Stability Control Electronic Stability Control (ESC) And Roll Stability Control (RSC)
  • ABS And Driveline Traction Control
  • Side Impact Beams
  • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Seat-Mounted Side Airbags
  • Rear Parking Sensors
  • Tire Specific Low Tire Pressure Warning
  • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Front Airbags
  • Curtain 1st And 2nd Row Airbags
  • Airbag Occupancy Sensor
  • Driver Knee Airbag
  • Mykey System -inc: Top Speed Limiter, Audio Volume Limiter, Early Low Fuel Warning, Programmable Sound Chimes and Beltminder w/Audio Mute
  • Rear Child Safety Locks
  • Outboard Front Lap And Shoulder Safety Belts -inc: Rear Center 3 Point, Height Adjusters and Pretensioners
  • Back-Up Camera

2018 Ford C-Max Energi Competition

Ford C MAX Hybrid vs Toyota Prius(One)

The Ford has better features when compared to the Toyota Prius in terms of engine capacity, power delivery, acceleration, handling, and interior space. Though the Toyota costs $1000 lesser than the Ford, the C MAX is the best pick because of its feature-richness.

Ford C MAX Hybrid vs Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid (Blue)

The engine specifications of the Ford Hybrid cannot be beaten by the Hyundai Hybrid and it does not deliver that much power as the C MAX. It is slower in both acceleration and braking, when compared to Ford, however, in terms of fuel economy, the Hyundai is more efficient.

Ford C MAX Hybrid vs Nissan Leaf(S)

The Nissan Leaf is a completely electric car that delivers a good performance with its engine motor and single speed transmission engine. It is the most eco-friendly rivalry that runs completely on electric power and best suited for highway travels. If you are budget minded you can very well go for the C MAX as the Nissan costs a $5000 higher than the Ford.

2018 Ford C-Max Energi Final Verdict

The 2018 Ford C MAX Hybrid is a compact wagon that delivers as much power as possible and though it does not deliver an up to mark fuel economy among the cars that run on gasoline, it does offer a smooth and safe ride to the occupants. The Ford has showcased a reasonable amount of differences in the two trim levels and it is the buyer’s choice to choose one among the two as per their requirements.


Driver Assist Package

Systematic Powertrain

Quick Acceleration

Sync 3 infotainment system

8-inch touchscreen


Less Cargo Volume

Sub Standard Fuel Economy

Thinly Padded Seats

What's New?

17-inch Wheels

LED Running Lights


vehicle bio

base price



4dr Wagon

passenger capacity


top speed

117 mph



engine type


122 cu. in.


141 hp @ 6000 rpm


129 lb.-ft. @ 4000 rpm




brake rotors (f/r)

11 in. ventilated front disc/10.9 in. solid disc brakes



104.3 in.


173.6 in.


72 in.


63.9 in.

curb weight

3640 lbs.

ground clearance

5.5 in.


passenger volume

99.7 cu ft.

cargo volume

24.5 cu ft.

towing capacity

2000 lbs.


zero to 60 mph

10.2 sec.

standing ¼-mile

13.6 sec.

fuel economy


42/40/38 mpg

highway range

513 mi.

highway range (evs/hybrids)

513 mi.


basic warranty

3 years/36000 miles

drivetrain warranty

5 years/60000 miles

corrosion warranty

5 years/unlimited

roadside assistance



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White Platinum Metallic Tri-Coat

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Trims and Configurations


 2018 Ford C-Max Energi SE


141 hp @ 6000 rpm
Regular unleaded
40 combined


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
SE 4dr Wagon (2.0L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT) Starting at $24,120 MSRP (42/40/38) 141 hp @ 6000 rpm, 2 L, I4, regular unleaded
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cvt front wheel drive 5   Ingot Silver Metallic
  Magnetic Metallic
  Oxford White
  Shadow Black
  White Gold Metallic
  White Platinum Metallic Tri-Coat

 2018 Ford C-Max Energi Titanium


141 hp @ 6000 rpm
Regular unleaded
40 combined


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Titanium 4dr Wagon (2.0L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT) Starting at $27,175 MSRP (42/40/38) 141 hp @ 6000 rpm, 2 L, I4, regular unleaded
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cvt front wheel drive 5   Ingot Silver Metallic
  Magnetic Metallic
  Oxford White
  Shadow Black
  White Gold Metallic
  White Platinum Metallic Tri-Coat

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