Last post on Dec 10, 2013 at 8:37 AM
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Ford C-Max, Van
#2 of 57 New Mazda-5?
Dec 29, 2010 (10:31 am)
It looks pretty similar to the Mazda5, except with the flip-n-fold 2nd row 3rd seat (like they've had in Japan on the Mazda5 for years). Hopefully the C-Max will have better MPG than the Mazda5. One thing I noticed in a Car and Driver review was the fact that with the 3rd row folded there was only 25CuFt of cargo space behind the 2nd row, while in the current Mazda5 there's 35CuFt behind the 2nd row. One problem with most Ford cars is that they're not very space efficient as compared to other vehicles of similar size.
Jan 06, 2011 (8:34 pm)
Ford C-MAX are the perfect combination of style and flexibility.It's good comfort and advanced technology.
#4 of 57 Re: Hello,,,, [jackson30]
Jan 21, 2011 (12:08 pm)
I like the technology improvement over the Mazda5, but not the reduced cargo space. And it sounds like the MPG won't be that much of an improvement over the Mazda5.
#5 of 57 Re: Ford C-MAX [KarenS]
Apr 10, 2011 (6:55 am)
Any one knows when Ford is going to launch this and when its going to be at dealerships?
#6 of 57 Ford c-max microvan
Jun 03, 2011 (10:35 am)
Because we are used to the extreme comfort and versatility of our 1996 short-body Dodge Caravan we are excited about seeing both this vehicle and the new Prius wagon, BUT, IF THE DRIVER'S COCKPIT LIMITS THE RIGHT KNEE SPREAD BY A HIGH-WALL SHIFT HOUSING, IT WILL BE NO MORE COMFORTABLE THAN THE MAZDA5!! The available pictures make it look like it's too late for this comfort issue. We'll be deciding on a replacement vehicle within the year, and the winner will be the one of this size and flexibilty that provides mpg+driver comfort!! VW SportWagen maybe?? We'll see. FORD DESIGNERS, HELP!!!
#8 of 57 Re: 2013 Ford C-Max Review [hybridkid]
Aug 30, 2012 (5:46 am)
I had hoped that the C-Max would come with a 3-row option (I wished the Prius V did too!), but I guess there's little US demand for it. As two row vehicles, both the Prius V and C-Max have greater cargo and passenger space as compared to a regular Prius, but both cost more. A lot of the extra passenger space in the C-Max is in height, so unless you're really tall, having a lot of extra space above your head may/may not be significant to you.
More importantly may be the hip and legroom, so that's why you really need to test drive, as well as test drive to really compare the driving differences. Then to me there's the reliability issue with the C-Max as being a first model year, as compared to a Prius whose line has been around for ages.
Personally I'd wait a year before buying a C-Max and let others work out the bugs. I bought a used Prius for about $13K that I've had for a few years now without problems.
If either the C-Max or Prius V came out with a third row option I might be interested, plus I'd like to see the next generation Prius that will be out in 2015. My Prius is Gen II, as I never liked the dash "flying buttress" center console of the Gen III, plus the Gen II seemed more solid inside. I consistently average in the upper 40s MPG with the Gen II Prius and space-wise it fits my needs 95% of the time (the other 5% of the time I wish I had a little more space and a third row)
#9 of 57 Re: 2013 Ford C-Max Review [bobw3]
Sep 26, 2012 (4:20 am)
I sat in a C-Max yesterday. I didn't have time for a test drive but at 6'4" I was very comfortable. Looking forward to driving one.
#10 of 57 Re: Ford C-MAX [KarenS]
Sep 26, 2012 (7:13 am)
I test drove a base model SE the other day. Overall impression was positive, but there were a significant number of little quirks.
Some distinct likes and dislikes:
-lots of acceleration power; feels almost sporty
-less road noise than prius (and the prius is pretty good on that front)
-analog speed gauge!
-seating is incredibly comfortable; slightly more-so than the prius
-hidden storage compartments under passenger floormats are pretty nifty
-built-in 115V house-style power outlet
-ability to restrict a 2nd key to, for example, not be able to use the radio or limit max speed; great for teenage drivers
-braking was EXTREMELY touchy. Some of this may be due to it being brand new, but having driven equally new Prius models that didn't feel that touchy, I'm not so sure. So touchy that it was almost difficult to do a smooth stop.
-Rear compartment has a large carpet "hump." Kinda awkward to imagine loading heavy/large cargo in this vehicle due to this, but it is definitely VERY roomy. (There is a storage compartment hidden under this, but I personally would rather see the bumper up at the same level as this like in the prius)
-on base model, right screen can only display leaves or compass. Almost useless. (Other package options add more functionality)
-not on the model I tested, but apparently the sunroof DOES NOT OPEN!
-lack of places to set items down. Sure, the glovebox is roomy, but sometimes it's nice to have a place to just set some paperwork or whatever small purchases down. The base model has a very tiny area in front of the radio screen, but adding ANY options to the car and this is replaced with controls.
-hybrid system gauges are somewhat difficult to interpret and not NEARLY as intuitive as the prius. With some getting used to, they display even more information, but it definitely takes more effort to interpret.
-Mainly an aesthetic issue, but why did they put gear indicators next to the shifter that are just painted on and don't indicate the gear? You have to look below the speed gauge to see what gear you are in; will be easy to get use do with some time, but I kept finding myself looking at the painted letters next to the shifter itself and being annoyed that they were non-functional (they don't even line up with the driving mode you are in!)
-When I asked about how easy it is to get at the spark plugs to change them, the salesperson said "good luck with that" and indicated that Ford does not recommend self-service due to the high-voltage cables running throughout the engine. I don't know how much truth there is to that, but it was something of a turn-off for the sales guy to be saying. The engine compartment was in fact rather busy looking, and at a quick look I was not sure how to do basic servicing that is usually pretty obvious, other than changing fluids which appeared to be all easily accessible. (The Prius' engine compartment is simple by comparison)