Ford C-MAX Energi

The 2017 Ford C-MAX Energi is a plug-in hybrid version of the Ford C-MAX. The C-MAX Energi can drive in all electric mode up to 75 mph and has a total range of almost 600 miles (gasoline and electric combined). Unlike the Chevrolet Volt, the car will have an intermediary blended phase where both battery and gasoline energy sources are used. The Ford C-MAX Energi is now available in North America.

  • Vehicle Type: Cars, Four-Door Hatchback
  • Drivetrain: PHEV
  • Electric Range: 19 mi
  • Total Range: 550 mi
  • Top Speed: 85 mph
  • Number of Seats: 5
  • Connector Type(s): J1772
  • Price (USD): $32,950
  • Vehicle Website: Ford C-MAX Energi
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31 comments on “Ford C-MAX Energi”
  1. We love our C-MAX Energi.

    Ford’s current approach is to offer multiple powertrains for the same platform. But it looks like they’re shifting to a dedicated PHEV in 2018:

    1. Bill Frue says:

      I love the cmax, had it two months, we did 60 mpg on the first 2 fills, they were all trips under 75 miles. We just came back from a 400 mile trip, It averaged 40 mpg , when you don’t plug it in!!! , this is to much difference? This is a 2013 with 40000 miles on it. It runs great and drives great, but feel the mpg should be better??

      1. We also were disappointed in the real-world efficiency relative to Ford’s claims. Ford restated the highway mpg to 40 in 2013, so at least they’re now in line with your observed efficiency. While not ideal, Ford’s “Goodwill” payment to buyers made the restatement a little easier to swallow. If you haven’t gotten your rebate, you can check here. At the time (2013) this was the best choice in an economical five-passenger mid-size PHEV, so there’s a good chance we would have bought the same model anyway, based on our needs. It was always suspicious that the Energi, with the non-insignificant weight of its extra battery, was rated the same as the CMAX Hybrid. Now we know that the EPA was allowing automakers to apply the same ratings to “similar vehicles” and Ford took advantage. After this, and most recently the VW scandal, I hope the EPA wises up and requires/provides accurate information.

  2. Amy Morse says:

    Hello! According to Ford’s website, the C-MAX Energi has an all-electric top speed of 85 mph and a vehicle top speed of 102 mph. Total range is 550. EV range is 19. Thank you for raising awareness regarding electric vehicles!

    1. John U'ren says:

      Hi Amy,

      We appreciate your help in keeping our website as up-to-date and accurate as possible. Please note that the description for the Ford C-Max Energi has been updated with a 19-mile electric range and an 85-mph top speed. Thank you!

      1. John, As Amy says, 85 MPH is the all-electric speed. The overall top speed of the car is 102.

  3. Mike Emerson says:

    The 19-mile EV range is conservative based on my experience. I’ve had a 2016 C-max Energi for near 6 months now. The range is highly dependent on how hilly the terrain is. We get near close to 30 miles on EV mode if the drive is downhill (e.g., driving from Pasadena to LA) and probably 19ish miles if the drive is generally uphill in character. My impressions of the car are very favorable. The transition from EV mode to gas mode is hardly noticeable. I thought it would be more clunky. You can put the car in EV mode only (which we do around town); thus, use no gas. The car has a smart charging system; thus you can program it to charge in the off hours when electric charging rates are lower. We plug it in to our 110 outlet in the garage at night … don’t have any kind of special charging station for it. Ford has done a nice job with this product.

  4. Jock Calhoun says:

    We have also had an pleasant experience with our Ford C-Max Energi. On a mostly flat terrain we find it to far exceed the estimated. 19 mile EV range to approximate 65 EV range

  5. sandy stout says:

    I bought a 2013 ford C max 3 months ago and really like it. There was not a plug to plug the car in, when I bought it and was told by the salesman that I wouldn’t need one. So far I havnt had a problem, but, feel like it wouldn’t have an outlet unless I should be using it or will need it at sometime. Could someone please tell me if I should go back to the dealer and insist on having one. Thank you.

    1. Thomas says:

      You should have gotten a convenience charger with the vehicle that works with a 110v outlet. This is provided with the cost of the vehicle. Also, change dealers, your current one sounds incompetent.

  6. A. C. Mills says:

    I planned on buying a C-Max until I heard Ford is transferring their manufacture to Mexico. There is also a rumor that sales are slow and Ford may stop manufacturing them altogether, which will make parts difficult to get. I am wondering if I should get the 2016 (was going to wait for the 2017) or try to find another plug in car to buy.

  7. Carrie says:

    I am planning on buying one sometime in the future. Any owners of the C-Max have any pros and cons for me? Thanks! 🙂

    1. Jerry says:

      Purchased (actually leased) C-Max energy in September and have driven about 1700 miles. No major complaints. The car serves us well as our primary vehicle. I like the visibility of the higher roof (but like many new models with steeply sloping windshields it is hard to see the front of the car when parking). Still for the size of the car it is roomy and comfortable. As others have noted, the transition from electric to gas power is quite smooth although the brakes take a little getting used to. We typically get about 19 miles to a charge; less for hills but up to 22 miles for low speed flat terrain. The biggest downside is the limited rear storage, which we expected. I would also have preferred more electric range but that is for the next model. I had looked at the car when it came out several years ago but decided it was too expensive. With rebates and incentives, the 2016 model was much more reasonable and might be your best bet compared to the 2017 which is likely to be essentially the same car.

  8. Eric says:

    If I’d had the opportunity to buy the energi at the price they’re offering it now I would have jumped on it!

    I got the first model year 2013 hybrid only because they wanted like $9,000 more.

    That being said I love my SEL C-Max and would advise anyone to go ahead and buy one they are awesome cars!

    I shopped for five years to determine what car I was going to buy next and only when Ford built one with such incredible value to it did I actually buy a new car.

    And I’m curious about that 102 miles per hour maximum if that’s computer-controlled or what because I’ve had my cmax up to at least 120-130mph maybe even 140 coming back from Vegas.

  9. Bill says:

    We have had our C-Max energy for four months {5600 miles} and based on actual gas to miles driven we are getting 89 miles per gal Much of the miles driven are on battery (20 +) per day and on level ground–week-ends we drive about 100 miles– if it wasn’t for this our mileage would be over 100 miles per gal. One trip was from L.A. to San Jose and back (937 miles) and we used 6.8 gal of gas (quick charged 3 times).

  10. John says:

    Anyone experiencing “Dead” battery with the ford c max plug-in models. After “jumping” battery the car runs fine. Once the car is not used for few days, again have “dead” battery?

    1. JWT says:

      My car had experienced that on the used car lot. When I went to look at it, the car was dead. Quick jump and there has been no problem since.

  11. Eric E. says:

    I use my 2016 C-Max Energi mostly for commuting 24 miles. (No place to plug in where I park for work.) Battery lasts the whole way in perfect weather. Too hot or too cold, and the battery doesn’t last as long. After one year, my average mileage was 190 empg. I have since used it on an extended road trip, and the weather has gotten very cold, so the average has dropped down to 147 empg. Still nothing to sneeze at. I have to set a reminder to check the gas level because I so rarely need to fill up.

  12. Lynn says:

    Love this car! Captains seats are higher than low rider sedans. Smooth ride. Headroom. 52.5 mpg on gas. 20-29 miles on electric. Fold down back seats. Room for my real estate signs. Can’t wait to re-up with a 2017.

  13. Cami says:

    I only get 13 miles on the battery every charge I don’t know why it’s not giving me the 20 I was sold does anyone know if there is no jest but I need to make it is not on limited setting, not real sure what that means anyway thanks for feedback

    1. tuong says:

      using the heater eats up the range

  14. JM says:

    I currently have a Fiat 500e (pure electric) and my lease is up in about a month and I’m considering the c max energi plug in hybrid as my next vehicle. One question I have is regarding how the electric and ice (internal combustion engine) work. I’m not interested in driving in pure electric mode and would like to know how the car works if you use both engines simultaneously. For example, if I drove 40 miles in normal driving (stop & go mixed with some fwy), would I have some battery power left or would it be depleted and I would only be left with gas engine for my return trip? I have a level 2 charger at home & at work so I could recharge, but I’d rather avoid recharging during the day if I can help it since I have to pay Chargepoint whereas at home it’s free (except for cost of electricity from my utility). Thanks in advance for your input.

    1. Jack Long says:

      You can set the C-Max Energi to “EV Only” mode where it will run 100% on the big battery until depleted (about 20 miles in warm weather, down to around 15 in very cold weather with heater, heated seats and defroster all running), or you can just leave it in “Automatic” mode and it will automatically switch back and forth between gas and battery power. Even when the big battery is totally depleted it runs in combined gas/electric hybrid mode, switching to battery whenever possible like going down hills, at stop lights and in steady cruising. It has a cool display monitor that allows you to see which power source is driving the HVAC, accessories and drive wheels. The C-Max does a really good job of switching between gas and electric modes, much smoother than any Prius I have driven or ridden in. You almost have to look at the monitor to know if the gas engine is on or off.

  15. Jim says:

    I have a similar issue, 19 miles capacity electric but drops to 13miles specifically when the A/C is turned on…anyone else experience this?

  16. Todd says:

    I just bought a 2014 Energi and after driving it a couple of days I notice that it only shows between 9 and 11 miles on EV at full charge. Is this due to battery degradation? Any thoughts?

    1. Pamela 0102 says:

      I am having the same problem with my 2013 C Max. I can use a 240 charger or a 120 charger and the car will still indicate a 10-14 mile EV range at full charge. Maddening! What do you think?

    2. Allen Webb says:

      Todd, I’m curious how many miles you have on your 2014 Energi. I have a 2014 Energi with 36k miles. On a full charge, the car is generally going to tell you 18~20 miles on pure EV … until you turn on the A/C or especially the heat. But 9~11 miles with heat seems low … however the max defrost setting which runs both heat and A/C as well as rear defrost. Generally here in Colorado, I tough out the mornings without heat to get the most EV range possible … which is still not as good in the winter (cold batteries) as it is in the warmer months. Going from full charge to completely depleted, when you turn the car off, you should be getting 5.1 to maybe 5.8 kWH of electricity out of the batteries. Recharge time on 120VAC should be about 6 hours plus/minus 30 minutes. Less than 5 kWH out of the batteries on full charge and less than 5 hours charge time might indicate the batteries are not performing well. I’m curious what other people are seeing as their Energi batteries age. Note one of the My View displays is useful to see both climate (A/C, Heat) and other (everything else) power consumption.

  17. Kathy Mcknight says:

    When I got my cmax (2013), after plugging it in, I could drive 22-24 miles on the battery. Now, it will only charge to 10 and we can drive only 10 miles on the battery. The car only has 28,000 miles on it. Do we need a new battery?

    1. Lou says:

      To all, the C-max uses a lot of power going uphill. It’s a heavy car and just think of how much power you need to raise the car 100 feet. Gasoline is a high density energy source and battery is not. Thus, when you see a hill in front, switch to hybrid. n the plus side, you can gain some electrical power going down hill, so long you don’t drive faster. A lot of energy is consumed by wind friction. Naturally, we know that heaters and air conditioners use energy, so you can expect some EV mileage losses.

    2. Jacquie says:

      I also have a 2013 C-max hybrid, which I bought last August, it now has about 36,000 miles on it. When I bought it I was reading 22-24 miles after a full charge. But now I read 15-18 with a full charge, usually it is 18 miles. This really bums me out, and I am not sure why it will not charge past 18miles? Anyone know if that means the battery is wearing out. I have full warranty coverage until I hit the 100,000 mile, maybe I need to get the battery replaced

  18. John says:

    I bought my C-MAX Energi in November 16, now have had it almost 6 mos. I work 16 miles from home and have been driving an electric vehicle for over 12 years.. I know how to drive this vehicle, getting 155mpge average. After driving for 6 mos I was curious how much fuel I used, .9 gallons for 2500 miles. Love this vehicle….

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