The 2023 Ford C-Max is manufactured by Ford Motor Company. The 2023 Ford Grand C-Max features a longer wheelbase five-door compact multi-purpose vehicle (MPV) design. Ford introduced the C-Max as the first hybrid-only vehicle lineup in the United States, which includes the C-Max Hybrid launched in September 2012 and the C-Max Energi plug-in hybrid introduced in October 2012.
The Ford C-Max was initially only available in Europe, with the first generation partially available in New Zealand. The 2023 C-Max hybrid high fuel economy figures estimated by the EPA are basically a figment of the imagination. Ford C-Max slid against upgrades from the competition like the Chevrolet Bolt EV and Hyundai Ioniq with only minor updates.
Thanks to the fundamentals it shares with the agile Ford Focus, the C-Max is more fun to drive than most hybrids, and the cargo hold has more room than many sedans. The range starts with SE hardware, can choose the ritzier Titanium for its semi-luxe interior touches. This upholstery includes subtleties such as leather seats, heated front seats, Sync3 infotainment system, and rear parking sensors.
2023 Ford C-Max : Interior
The C-Max is comfortable inside, but there is a generation behind Ford’s latest offerings in terms of design, materials, and finishes. The layout of the center console, in particular, is starting to show its age. Electrically adjustable fabric seats are standard on the C-Max, but leather-wrapped front seats are standard on Titanium models. Ford’s Sync and Sync 3 systems are easy to use, and even the floor-standing C-Max comes standard with plenty of power points, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard – optional – but Sync is still more intuitive than standard offerings from many other automakers.
The C-Max hatchback body style means it has a large, long cargo hold and plenty of in-cab storage space. The C-Max’s rear seats open easily using a lever mounted on the outside of each seat; they fold parallel to the floor and form a flat load surface. We managed to fit six carry-on luggage behind the rear seat and 20 with the rear seats folded down.
2023 Ford C-Max : Engine
The C-Max hybrid drivetrain is refined and well-integrated, and the transition from electric power to petrol is virtually seamless. The powertrain consists of a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT), a 2.0-liter four-cylinder gas engine, two electric motors, a battery pack, and a front-wheel drive. The C-Max rides on the same platform as the athletic Ford Focus and many of the Focus’s desirable driving characteristics are evident. Steering responses are accurate and effort is pleasantly heavy. The C-Max struggles to compete with other hybrids in terms of efficiency. It has the lowest EPA ratings among its rivals and doesn’t come close to the top of 50 mpg on any metric, a mark it easily beats competition from the likes of the Ioniq and Toyota Prius.
2023 Ford C-Max : Safety
The 2023 C-Max passed the tests of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and Insurance Institute for Highway Safety but missed top marks from both agencies. As compared to others in its class, the 2023 Ford C-Max offerings of driver assistance technology are sparse, key safety features include self-parking, blind spot monitoring, and rear cross-traffic alert.