Each year, Kelley Blue Book publishes a list of the top ten green cars on the market, basing their rankings on efficiency, overall value, and owner feedback. This year, Ford’s only dedicated hybrid/electric model, the C-MAX, placed ninth on the list. Its attractive styling, efficient performance, and surprisingly energetic handling make it an easy choice for one of the best green cars of the year.
In the field of hybrid and electric vehicles, the C-MAX is a standout example of how it is possible for a hybrid to be fun to drive and practical in everyday use. The C-MAX Hybrid and C-MAX Energi plug-in hybrid both utilize a 2.0L Atkinson-cycle engine that produces 188 horsepower, which is more than any other vehicle in its class. The power-split architecture ensures that the gasoline engine and electric motor are constantly working at maximum efficiency, both in tandem and independently. The C-MAX Hybrid delivers an estimated 40 combined MPG, while the Energi delivers up to 88 combined MPGe while in electric drive mode and 38 combined MPG in hybrid mode. Regenerative braking on the hybrid model uses energy that would normally be lost through heat dissipation to recharge its lithium-ion battery, and the SmartGauge with EcoGuide provides numerous metrics to help you adjust your driving habits for maximum efficiency.
The C-MAX offers outstanding versatility for a vehicle of its size as well. Its best-in-class passenger volume allows comfortable seating for five, while the folding rear seats and integrated storage compartments in the floor of the rear row provide ample cargo space when necessary. The available foot-activated lift gate provides an easy solution to trying to access the trunk with your hands full. This increasingly popular feature debuted with the 2013 Ford Escape but is now available on multiple Ford models.
The C-MAX is perfect for anyone looking for a hybrid or plug-in EV that does not sacrifice power and handling for fuel efficiency. With an 8 out of 10 customer satisfaction score on KBB.com, the C-MAX is a great option for Houston drivers looking to get a hybrid that doesn’t skimp on the horsepower. Check out the selection of C-MAX Hybrids and Energis at Randall Reed’s Planet Ford in Humble and see how you can benefit from driving one of the best hybrids around.