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Why the 2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid is for You

Posted on the 15 November 2012 by T_mackinnon @tedmackinnon

Conventional Car Drivers: Why the 2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid is for You

Excuse me, why are you still driving a gas-only car and when are you going to make the hybrid plunge? Because, dear friend, it is time. Don’t believe me? Let’s talk logistics. The 2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid is for you, and here’s why.

It’s Not a Trend

2013 Ford C-Max Energi plug-in hybrid
Toyota released the first hybrid four-door sedan — the Prius — in the U.S. in 2000. Twelve years later, the technology just keeps getting better. With numerous hybrid and all-electric makes and models available, improved vehicles are regularly hitting the market. As of July 31, 610 hybrids have been sold in the U.S. this year. These environmentally-friendly cars offer a fuel-efficient option for the frugal minded.

The 2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid entered the hybrid world this year hoping its edgy, compact combination of a hatchback and minivan will wow users and potentially dethrone the hybrid-god Toyota Prius. So far, so good. The American-made car isn’t just fun to drive, but is a well-equipped five-passenger car and has all the convenience and necessary options you need.

It is Not Expensive

While hybrids and all-electric vehicles vary depending on make, model and brand, the starting price for the 2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid is $25,200. Compared to conventional cars in the same price range, doesn’t a hybrid seem even more tempting, especially when considering gas prices? If you are interested in a fully-loaded model, don’t fret. The annual Motor Trend Auto Show in Phoenix, held Nov. 22-25, is a great place to learn more and experience first-hand this Ford hybrid. Join Chapman Ford AZ and others to see why the C-Max is the right hybrid for you.

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It is Efficient

Hybrid vehicles combine gasoline engines and electric motors to obtain improved fuel economy and increased power. How so? By only burning gasoline when needed. The electric motor is powered by a stack of rechargeable batteries and is what keeps the car moving during slow-speed driving. When the driver taps the breaks, the car’s wheels send a message to an electrical generator which in turn converts the energy back into electricity to recharge the car’s batteries. Only at higher speeds does the car automatically switch to the gas-burning engine.

2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid inside - dash and steering wheel
In terms of the C-Max, it gets 47 mpg on the highway and in the city. Falling shortly behind is the Toyota Prius v at 40 mpg. Does your conventional car get that much per gallon?

It is Fast (and Fun)

The C-Max boasts 188 horsepower and can launch from 0-60 mph in about 8.1 seconds. The car truly shines, though, in its midrange acceleration. Between 40 and 60 mph is when the hybrid impresses drivers leaving them confident and able when passing another car or accelerating after stopping at a stop sign.

Lastly, it’s fun. The C-Max has been compared to riding a roller coaster or piloting an aircraft, in the words of Mark Kennedy on Timesfreepres.com. The expansive windshield and hands free hatchback opening with the tap of your foot makes the C-Max a smart, powerful, fun choice.


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