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2015 Ford C-Max Comfort & Quality

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For a vehicle that's so compact on the outside, the 2015 Ford C-Max is shockingly spacious and useful -- and actually a very good vehicle for shuttling around the driver and three other adults. Add in decent cargo space and an impressive level of reconfigurability, and the C-Max is a great family pick for those who decide they don't need big utility vehicles, massive minivans, or three rows of seating. 

Front seats in the 2015 C-Max are very comfortable, and there's plenty of space front and rear even for adults over six feet tall. The base SE model seats are covered in a pale synthetic (recycled) upholstery, though you get plush leather seating surfaces on the SEL.

The 2015 Ford C-Max is just a compact car in footprint, yet smart interior design allows enough space for four adults and their cargo.

The rear seat in the C-Max is surprisingly comfortable—more so than equivalent accommodations in compact crossovers—and it folds and lowers with a pull on a single lever. Entry and exit are quite easy, too. It's a bit on the low side, leaving anyone adult-sized in a knees-up position; but there's plenty of legroom and headroom. But on-the-road refinement is generally at its best for this type of vehicle, with firm but agreeable ride quality, plus active noise cancellation and lots of sound-insulation to keep road and engine noise down.

With the seats down, the C-Max Hybrid offers 52 cubic feet of load space (out of total interior volume of 99.7 cubic feet, just barely below the cutoff between compacts and mid-size cars). With the rear seat up, cargo volume is 25 cubic feet. Those numbers are higher than those of the Prius Liftback (which has only 21 cubic feet with the rear seat up) but lower than the Prius V wagon, which has 34 to 40 cubic feet with the sliding rear seat up, and 67 cubic feet when it's down.

The load bay has a full complement of family-friendly grocery-bag hooks, a storage net, and a 110-Volt outlet in the rear compartment. There are even small storage bins under the rear passengers' feet. But the floor of the load bay is actually a couple of inches higher than the bottom of the tailgate, which makes loading easy but somehow appears odd.

In Energi models, the battery pack takes up some valuable cargo space, turning what would be a flat cargo floor into a compromised, multi-level affair that seems critically flawed when you flip forward the rear seatbacks.

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