2015 Ford C-Max vs. Its Competition

2015 Ford C-Max Energi
Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Deputy Editor

In this crowd, the C-Max is much more enjoyable to drive, although the Toyota Prius line boasts a rock-solid reputation for gas mileage and reliability.

Looking at dimensions, the 2015 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).

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.

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.

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 the market has taken note, as it's actually outselling the C-Max.

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Quick Specs
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With their stylish interiors and perky driving feel, the 2015 Ford C-Max Hybrid and C-Max Energi are somewhat sportier alternatives to the Toyota Prius lineup.
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The 2015 Ford Fusion Hybrid and plug-in hybrid Fusion Energi compete well against hybrids from Toyota, Hyundai, and Kia, and plug-ins from Honda and Chevy, combining great looks, good handling, and decent fuel economy.
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The 2015 Hyundai Sonata blends in better than ever in the top tier of family sedans.
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The 2015 Toyota Prius is still the most fuel-efficient gasoline car on the market, at 50 mpg; its iconic hatchback shape offers a spacious interior that can seat five, though the handling is nothing to write home about.
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The 2015 Toyota Prius V brings a fresh face and the same outstanding fuel economy that the Prius is known for, all in a more family-friendly shape.
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The 2015 Volkswagen Passat provides a refreshing alternative to the usual mid-sizers, offering a huge interior and the segment's only diesel engine option.
MSRP From     
N/AN/A$21,150$24,200$26,675$21,340
Gas Mileage     
21 MPG City / 38 MPG Hwy51 MPG City / 48 MPG Hwy44 MPG City / 40 MPG Hwy20 MPG City / 44 MPG Hwy
Engine     
N/AN/ARegular Unleaded I-4Gas/Electric I-4Gas/Electric I-4Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded I-4
EPA Class     
N/AN/ALarge CarsMid-Size CarsMid-Size Station WagonMid-Size Cars
Style Name     
N/AN/A4-Door Sedan 2.4L SE5-Door HB Two (Natl)5-Door Wagon Two (GS)4-Door Sedan 1.8T Manual S PZEV
Drivetrain     
N/AN/AFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
N/AN/A5555
Passenger Doors     
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Body Style     
N/AN/ASedanHatchbackWagonSedan
Transmission     
N/AN/AAutomatic w/ODCVT w/ODCVT w/ODManual w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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