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Ford C-MAX Hybrid Review

September 12, 2013 — Leave a comment
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The C-MAX hybrid isn’t just a different vehicle, it’s a different way of driving.

First off…I want to say this post is late. No, beyond late. Heck, the NEXT post is late too. I can pinpoint specifically when writing became a chore however I think I am slowly making my way out of the uninspired place I have been dwelling of late and I thank you for your patience!

Secondly: I am glad this post is late! No, really! As I have mentioned previously, I am a truck girl. If I am honest I had written this vehicle off before I even drove it, it looks nothing like something I would want to drive. So imagine my shock when I realized: I WOULD LOVE TO OWN A C-MAX HYBRID. Every time I discuss this car, I get super animated describing the many advantages that come with owning a hybrid, such as the battery recharging when “utilizing regenerative braking and the powersplit hybrid architecture–which allows the gas engine to work with the electric motor to maximize efficiency”. – See more at: http://www.ford.ca/hybrids/cmax/features/#page=FeatureCategory1

What does that mean? Here I am living in the boondocks, 30 minutes from anywhere, chauffering my kids for 5 days using less than 3/4 of a tank of fuel. MIND BLOWN. How is this even possible!?! Using SmartGauge® with EcoGuide it measures the recharge as a result of breaking and it almost becomes a game to see how often I can get the 100% to pop up! It should be mentioned that the brakes in a C-MAX are uber sensitive. I pretty much gave my first passenger whiplash as I stopped on a dime at the sight of a kid on a skate board.

This car feels solid; like a car of years past, which is important because this is also why I love driving a big truck. The C-MAX has a fantastic windowed roof that makes it feel larger than it is. We had more than enough space to haul anything a family of four could need on a regular basis. Combine the previous features with the technology that SYNC® for MyFordTouch® offers, and it makes for one happy family!

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I should just say up front that I am a truck girl. I’ve driven a Ford F-350 for the past 9 years and it’s been rather awesome.  When we were turkey farmers, a truck was a no brainer and we still have one to haul our horses. It has made me wonder if I am missing out, so when I was offered the chance to test drive the 2013 Ford Escape, I jumped at it.

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Ok, so here I go being a total chick about it, but to be frank, the Ford Escape is pretty cute. I loved the color and the shape! We had a skiff of snow (one of the first of this winter) that week which generally throws most local drivers into a tailspin, but I liked the way the Escape handled slick roads. The 2.0 Liter EcoBoost felt powerful, but not bulky.

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As for the My Ford Touch blue tooth connectivity, it was not only complex to set up, but worked sporadically. However, the Sony audio system sounded great, with my playlists easily syncing and one of the best things about this particular test drive? Seeing that some of my favorite people had already tested it! 

My kids got a real “kick” out of watching me use the hands-free liftgate. Once I figured out how to work it without doing a dance, it was a very useful feature.

Overall I enjoyed my week with the 2013 Ford Escape and was more than a little sad to part with it.

For an excellent technical review of the 2013 Ford Escape, check out Tom’s blog post: http://wildsau.ca/2012/11/quick-take-2013-ford-escape/