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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|40 MPG City / 36 MPG Hwy||21 MPG City / 40 MPG Hwy||51 MPG City / 48 MPG Hwy||44 MPG City / 40 MPG Hwy||20 MPG City / 44 MPG Hwy|
|Gas/Electric I-4||Regular Unleaded I-4||Gas/Electric I-4||Gas/Electric I-4||Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded I-4|
|Large Cars||Large Cars||Midsize Cars||Midsize Station Wagons||Midsize Cars|
|5-Door HB SE||4-Door Sedan 2.4L SE PZEV||5-Door HB Two (SE)||5-Door Wagon Two (Natl)||4-Door Sedan 1.8T Manual S|
|Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive|
|CVT w/OD||Automatic w/OD||CVT w/OD||CVT w/OD||Manual w/OD|
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