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: 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
  • CVRP Eligible
10 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.

  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.

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