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The 47-mpg rating and sticker price advantage of the C-Max Hybrid make the argument stronger for the Ford than for the Toyota Prius V.
The SE's interior is upholstered in a scratchy synthetic fabric that might be easy to clean but is no match for the SEL's wonderful standard leather.
The C-Max’s base pricing is aggressive; the SE starts at $25,995. The trimmed-up SEL with leather, keyless start, and the MyFord Touch system leaves the blocks at $28,995. Go heavy on the C-Max order sheet, and you can get the price up past $33,000.
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A simple wave of your foot below the rear bumper [of the C-Max SEL] opens the hatch for easy loading when your hands are full.
There are just two trim levels for the 2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid: SE (starting at $25,995 with delivery) and SEL, which adds $3,000 to the price.
All C-Max Hybrids come with standard 17-inch aluminum alloy wheels, a six-speaker AM/FM/CD/MP3 audio system with USB and auxiliary input jacks, an illuminated glove box, keyless entry, dual-zone automatic climate control, rear-seat heater vents, the Sync voice-controls system, and the SmartGauge digital display system with InfoGuide screens that let the driver configure information on the car's operation and energy consumption.
Options on the SE trim level include a Winter package (heated power mirrors with side indicators, and puddle lamps), a Power Liftgate and Rear Park Assist package, and a package that bundles Sync Services, the MyFord Touch voice-control system, and Sirius XM satellite radio.
The SEL trim level adds Sync with MyFord Touch, a push-button start with proximity sensing, rain-sensing wipers, a reversing proximity warning system, heated and leather-trimmed front seats, and ambient LED interior lighting.
Options for the C-Max Hybrid SEL model include a panoramic moonroof, the Power Liftgate and Park Assist package, a Premium Audio package, a Hands-Free Technology package that offers hands-free liftgate operation triggered by a kicking motion below the bumper, and a Parking Technology package that lets the driver direct the C-Max to steer itself into a parallel parking space.
Base versions of the 2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid are considerably nicer than the more utilitarian Prius, and buyers can add options galore.