2014 Ford C-Max vs. Its Competition

2014 Ford C-Max
Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Deputy Editor

In size and purpose, the 2014 Ford C-Max Hybrid fits into the market between the Toyota Prius Liftback (at 50 mpg combined) and the larger, slower Prius V wagon (at 42 mpg combined).

In this crowd, the C-Max models are much more enjoyable to drive, even though the Prius line boasts a rock-solid reputation for gas mileage and reliability.

And even though it might be a bit less distinctive inside, its interior is more welcoming and stylish.

The Kia Optima Hybrid (as well as its sibling, the Hyundai Sonata Hybrid) has been re-tuned this year, with revamped powertrain programming but essentially the same hardware; it's a surprisingly good hybrid.

Meanwhile, Ford's own Fusion Hybrid is a potential cross-showroom rival to the C-Max, but for those who don't want to be seen in a hybrid.

It's an especially smooth, efficient, and responsive take on an already noteworthy sedan.

And for an alternative that's something different, take a look at the roomy Volkswagen Passat TDI, with its fuel-efficient clean-diesel engine that achieves well over 40 mpg on the highway.

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Compared to the Toyota Prius, the 2014 Ford C-Max Hybrid and C-Max Energi provide more driving enjoyment as well as a more comfortable, stylish interior -- even if they don't quite measure up in real-world fuel efficiency.
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The 2014 Ford Fusion Hybrid and Fusion Energi are strong contenders that compete well against the Toyota Camry and Hyundai Sonata Hybrids--and are selling well.
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The 2014 Hyundai Sonata remains one of the best buys among mid-size sedans--although with so many much-improved rival models, it's no longer such a standout.
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The 2014 Toyota Prius remains the iconic, highest-mileage gasoline car on the market; it's a practical and spacious hatchback that can seat five while returning jaw-dropping fuel economy
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The 2014 Toyota Prius V combines a spacious interior with excellent real-world gas mileage but it can feel underpowered when heavily loaded.
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The 2014 VW Passat gains a good new four-cylinder, while it keeps its grip on TDI economy, excellent interior room, and top-notch crash-test scores.
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