Article: 2013 Ford C-Max Buying Advice
The 2013 Ford C-Max is the best hybrid car for you if you want a fuel-saving compact four-door hatchback that combines advanced technology with European-bred styling and road manners.
The 2013 C-Max launches an all-new line of Ford hybrid and plug-in hybrid five-passenger compact hatchbacks. It comes in two models, both of which team a gas engine with an electric motor. The difference is that C-Max Hybrid relies solely on its on-board charging system while the C-Max Energi can charge its batteries with help from a plug-in source and run longer solely on electric power. Both are based on a vehicle Ford sells in Europe and originally planned to market in the U.S. as a seven-passenger mini-minivan with sliding side doors and a conventional gasoline engine. That plan was nixed and Ford revamped its strategy as part of a commitment to sell a wider selection of fuel-saving hybrid and electric-powered vehicles. So the 2013 Ford C-Max comes to the U.S. as a slightly smaller car with five seats and four conventional doors. The 2013 C-Max Hybrid and the plug-in hybrid C-Max Energi will compete with the expanding Toyota Prius family of hybrid and plug-in hybrid models.
Should you wait for the 2013 Ford C-Max? Wait if you want Ford’s take on the new wave of “conventional” and plug-in hybrids. Not only will the 2013 C-Max represent cutting-edge technology it should, like recent Ford “global” designs, deliver European-grade ride and handling. Don’t wait for the 2013 Ford C-Max if you’re turned off by its creased-jellybean styling or if you think a Chevrolet Volt extended-range electric, Prius Plug-in Hybrid, or Nissan Leaf pure electric will better satisfy your alternative-propulsion needs.
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