2018 Ford C-Max vs. Its Competition

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The six-year-old Ford C-Max faces a host of new and redesigned competitors that best it on most scores.

The Ford Fusion Hybrid and Energi mid-size sedans do as well on fuel economy and have a more conventional shape.

The smaller Hyundai Ioniq offers far better fuel economy, if less interior space, in a less expensive subcompact hatchback.

Its twin under the skin, the Kia Niro, is a hybrid wagon with useful interior space and pleasant lines.

The new Toyota Prius liftback is a far better car on the road than its predecessor, while the aging Prius V wagon offers more interior volume than the C-Max.

Finally, the second-generation Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid only has four usable seats but provides 53 miles of electric range and sportier performance for those who don’t need much cargo space.

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Quick Specs
The 2018 Ford C-Max Hybrid and Energi plug-in hybrid are comfortable and spacious, but their fuel economy is lower than virtually all hybrid competitors.
The 2018 Chevrolet Volt is an accomplished and refined extended-range electric car that makes an ideal everyday commuter.
With a plug-in hybrid joining hybrid and electric versions, the 2018 Hyundai Ioniq normalizes green powertrains: it’s relatively fun to drive, and doesn’t look strange.
New-car buyers seeking the comforts of a factory warranty can be limited in budget picks. The 2018 Kia Rio does many little things right for not a lot of cash.
The 2018 Toyota Prius wins our minds with its fuel-efficiency and low running costs. Our hearts are a different story.
MSRP From    
Gas Mileage    
42 MPG City / 38 MPG Hwy43 MPG City / 42 MPG Hwy55 MPG City / 59 MPG Hwy28 MPG City / 37 MPG Hwy54 MPG City / 53 MPG Hwy
Gas/Electric I-4Gas/Electric I4Gas/Electric I-4Regular Unleaded I-4Gas/Electric I-4
EPA Class    
Large CarsCompact CarsLarge CarsCompact CarsMidsize Cars
Style Name    
SE FWD5-Door HB LTBlue HatchbackLX ManualOne (GS)
Front Wheel DriveFront wheel driveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity    
Passenger Doors    
Body Style    
CVT w/ODAutomaticAuto-Shift Manual w/ODManual w/ODCVT w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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