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Ford C-Max, Car Buying, SUV
Aug 28, 2012 (8:01 pm)
Looks like it is time to devote a thread to the new 2013 C-Max.
The Hybrid sounds good. The Plug in with about eqiv. 100 MPG sounds spectacular!
A $3750 tax credit on the Plug-In sure adds to my interest.
I've not had a chance to see, touch or feel the new C-Max. Have You?
Please update us all with what you have learned.
Sep 22, 2012 (7:20 am)
Drove the CMax SEL Hybrid yesterday for a total of 3 miles. The vehicle was mis-delivered to the local dealer and they did not want a lot of miles put on it, before it could be sent to the correct dealer. The sales people had not even been briefed fully on it and I was the first to drive it.
My current ride is a Pontiac Vibe and the CMax looks slighty shorter and a bit taller. I am 6-2 and entry was easy. Seating is high. The look from the drivers seat is like a small minivan, with a lot of expanse of dashboard.
Initial impression of the ride was very good. Extremely quite, could not tell if in EV or engine powered. Has some sort of noise cancelling feature. Seems to work well. Overall it handled well, but did not try any hard accelerations or tight turns.
I did not have time to fool around with the dash displays. Will take a lot of reading from the manual to figure them all out, personalize and then use the ones that are most useful. Steering wheel has 4 pods of controls - 2 for the dash display, 1 for cruise and 1 for phone/entertainment controls. Again did not fool with them.
This was a loaded SEL and had the sunroof. It is fixed sunroof and has an electric powered shade to block/let in the sun. No open air motoring.
The foot under the rear bumper to open the rear hatch works both to open and close. Being a golfer, one side of the rear seat will have to be down to fit a golf bag. Has some storage bins at the feet of the rear seat passengers and in the back hatch area above the battery.
Until one of their units come in and is available for a more extensive drive, that is about it.
#3 of 44 Drove CMax SEL
Sep 23, 2012 (4:15 pm)
I drove a C-Max SEL Thursday. Dealer told me it was the first on any lot in the Memphis region(I am near Nashville so not sure how big that area is). I only drove it a few miles but acceleration seemed good and handling decent. Very quiet ride. Yesterday I drove a Lexus CT200h and it is an overpriced dog in comparison. I went back yesterday to have my wife drive it as we recently lost a car in accident and need a fast replacement but it had already sold. The salesman said that they had gotten one of the base models in yesterday but someone was driving it off the lot sold as he mentioned it. While reliability will be a question, I am considering it and had never really considered a hybrid before. My last car was a 2008 Maxima SL.
#5 of 44 Drove and leased a C-Max Energi
Nov 24, 2012 (8:38 am)
My wife and I wanted to purchase a 2013 Nissan Leaf but they are not out yet so after looking at several vehicles we chose a 2013 Ford C-Max Energi plug-in hybrid with the 303 A Package.
I wanted to do the lease because I know next year they will have a bigger / better one that we may decide purchase or we can look at the trading it in on the Focus electric.
We traded in a Nissan Altima and with a down payment we got the monthly payment down below $350.
The dealer was knowledgeable about the vehicle and did a good job with our trade-in / deal.
Great Ride, extremely quite and solid, quick to charge at home about 5 hrs on wall power (110v) or about 2.5 on level 2 (240v) from empty to full (20 mile all electric with a full charge).
After a week of driving we are getting 75 mpg as an average, we were getting 999.9 but had to take in two trips and use the ICE (you cannot hear or feel it kick on) the only way we knew it was on was by the left gauge / panel showing that it was on.
We have used a public level 2 charger at a local Walgreens and in 40 min got a 25% boost to the battery.
No complaints yet but a couple of things that I would have done differently:
1. No coasting re-gen to the battery it does have a braking re-gen but must be in gear for it to work.
2. The shift lever for the automatic transmission will not go from drive to neutral without first pressing the unlock button on the shift lever (no coasting re-gen so I just put it in neutral going down hills to hyper-mile) this is probably a "safety feature".
3. The navigation screen is just too busy for us so we leave it off and I wonder why they used Mapquest instead of Google maps. Anyway we have a TomTom that works well.
4. The MyFord Mobile app does not work, I will be calling Ford Support to see what needs to be done.
We were every close to getting the 2012 Prius but the kicker was the Toyota could not be sold without the $400 carpeted floor mats no alloy wheels and leather seats would need to be locally installed (not factory) but leather seats alloy wheels and floor mats were standard on the Ford.
#6 of 44 $3750 Tax Credit
Nov 28, 2012 (8:14 am)
Does anyone know anything about the 2012 tax credit on this car? My tax perparer said Obama may eliminate it and that nothing is certain at this point. If there isn't the $3750 federal dollars, this vehicle may have a difficult time selling.
Ford says this car should go over 30 miles on the batery, so why did the last post say they only get 20 miles on a full charge? Is this the case of 'Actual Mileage May Vary'?
#7 of 44 press request
by kirstie_h HOST
Nov 30, 2012 (1:54 pm)
A reporter is looking for people who have shopped or bought either a Prius V or a Ford C-Max hybrid as an "alternative family car." If you'd like to share your experience, please send and e-mail to predmunds.com by December 10, 2012.
#8 of 44 Re: $3750 Tax Credit [rrollntdi]
Dec 01, 2012 (11:16 am)
The tax credit was passed during the Bush presidency and it is phased out only after vehicles are sold by Ford. I don't believe your tax preparer had good information. Here's my blog on the topic: http://cmaxchat.com/?p=458
#9 of 44 Apps for C-Max and Charger Locations for C-Max Energi
Dec 01, 2012 (11:21 am)
My most recent blogs are on smartphone Apps for C-Max owners: http://cmaxchat.com/?p=623 and finding charger locations for C-Max Energi owners: http://cmaxchat.com/?p=663 Some of you may find my blog on the C-Max helpful. I ordered a C-Max in August, it won't be delivered until Jan 2013, and I'm blogging about the C-Max.
#10 of 44 Re: $3750 Tax Credit [cshelley]
Dec 04, 2012 (8:40 am)
cshelley. Thank you for the information. I noticed that the tax form is for 2011 so I assume the 2012 forms aren't ready yet. Hopefully Obama won't kill the tax credit as part of the Fiscal Cliff measures. If he doesn't, the C-Max Energi should qualify for the tax credit if purchased in 2013. Since Ford will only have begun making them late this year, it would be unlikely they reached the sales limit next year. I have one on order, but it's not likely to be built til January.