2016 Ford C-Max vs. Its Competition

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Among high-efficiency compact and mid-size cars, the 2016 Ford C-Max stands out for being enjoyable to drive and offering a truly nice interior.

The all-new Toyota Prius liftback promises 55 mpg and more driving fun, and its larger, slower Prius V tall-wagon sibling is rated at 42 mpg; the C-Max slots between them in size.

The new Hyundai Sonata Hybrid offers mid-size sedan room (as does the Camry Hybrid as well).

But in that class, we like the Ford Fusion Hybrid best for its stylish lines and, again, a premium interior.

Unlike the C-Max, it's a car that doesn't identify as a high-efficiency hybrid, and that may be what the market wants, since it's outselling the smaller C-Max.

A final contender would have been the Volkswagen Passat TDI, a mid-size sedan with German character and a high-efficiency diesel engine, but VW's diesel scandal saw that car pulled from the market—and it's not clear when it will return.

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Quick Specs
The 2016 Ford C-Max Hybrid and C-Max Energi offer a sportier alternative to the Toyota Prius range that feels premium inside and more capable on the road.
The 2016 Toyota Prius has moved much closer to driving like a regular car, while maintaining the highest fuel economy of any car without a plug; that should attract new buyers—if they can overlook the styling.
The 2016 Toyota Prius V is the largest, most practical, and most family-friendly vehicle in the Prius lineup.
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Gas Mileage  
40 MPG City / 36 MPG Hwy54 MPG City / 53 MPG Hwy44 MPG City / 40 MPG Hwy
Gas/Electric I-4Gas/Electric I-4Gas/Electric I-4
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Large CarsMidsize CarsMidsize Station Wagons
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5-Door HB SE5-Door HB Two (GS)5-Door Wagon Two (GS)
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
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Detailed Spec Comparison
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