2017 Ford C-Max vs. Its Competition

2017 Ford C-Max

The 2017 Ford C-Max is no longer remotely a competitor for the latest Toyota Prius in the fuel-economy sweepstakes, but it has a truly nice interior.

With one model at 56 mpg combined and the rest of the range at 52 mpg, the fourth-generation Toyota Prius drives far better than any previous model and its main drawback is really its sleek but bizarre shape.

The larger, slower, and older Prius V wagon may be a closer match to the C-Max, coming in at 42 mpg.

Both Ford's own Fusion Hybrid and Toyota's long-established Camry Hybrid offer conventional sedan shapes and interior room.

The Fusion is more stylish, and it's now strongly outselling the C-Max with which it shares a powertrain.

The Camry is, well, a known quantity, even if its EPA ratings lag a bit behind the rest of the class.

The smaller Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid is a new entry this year, and it is likely to be an inexpensive and highly efficient competitor in both hybrid and plug-in hybrid formats, though ratings aren't yet out.

A final contender would previously have been the Volkswagen Passat TDI, a mid-size sedan with German character and a high-efficiency diesel engine, but VW's diesel scandal means that car is done with for the U.S.

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Quick Specs
5.3
The 2017 Ford C-Max Hybrid and C-Max Energi are still pleasant all-rounders among hybrids, but they face much tougher competition this year from the Prius lineup.
6.2
The 2017 Hyundai Ioniq is a small hatchback that comes as a hybrid, a plug-in hybrid, or an all-electric model; it's an important new player in the world of high-efficiency cars.
6.5
The 2017 Toyota Prius closes the gap between "driving a hybrid" and "driving a normal car," even though it still looks like nothing else on the road.
5.8
The 2017 Toyota Prius V is the largest Prius model offered, though it's now also one of the oldest.
MSRP From   
$24,175$22,200$23,475$26,675
Gas Mileage   
42 MPG City / 38 MPG Hwy55 MPG City / 59 MPG Hwy54 MPG City / 53 MPG Hwy43 MPG City / 39 MPG Hwy
Engine   
Gas/Electric I-4Gas/Electric I-4Gas/Electric I-4Gas/Electric I-4
EPA Class   
Large CarsLarge CarsMid-Size CarsMid-Size Station Wagon
Style Name   
SE FWDBlue HatchbackOne (SE)Two (Natl)
Drivetrain   
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity   
5555
Passenger Doors   
N/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style   
HatchbackHatchbackHatchbackWagon
Transmission   
CVT w/ODAuto-Shift Manual w/ODCVT w/ODCVT w/OD
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