The 2015 Ford C-Max has respectable crash-test scores, as well as a reasonably good safety-feature set. But it fails to wow with either top-notch ratings or an abundance of active-safety extras.
The federal government has given it the C-Max Energi model a four-star overall rating (with four stars for frontal and five for side impact). The other U.S. agency, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), has given it a second-best 'acceptable' rating in small overlap frontal protection but 'good' in all other respects, enough to merit a Top Safety Pick award for 2015.
The C-Max models include the usual array of electronic safety systems as well—including stability control, traction control, and anti-lock brakes with emergency brake assist. Standard features also include front and side airbags for both front-seat occupants, as well as side air-curtain bags for first- and second-row occupants, and a driver's knee airbag.