2016 Ford C-Max and C-Max Energi Quick Take Review: Ordinary—and that’s a good thing

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Overview: Ford’s C-Max hybrid and its plug-in-hybrid sibling, the C-Max Energi, have been on sale here in the United States since 2013. A decade before arriving stateside, they were introduced in Europe as typical gasoline-powered high-roof wagons. One look at the Maxes’ styling, and you understand they’re aging. Both use the same hybrid powertrain—a gasoline-fed four-cylinder engine mated with an electric motor—but the C-Max Energi’s larger battery, which can be topped up using an external charger, allows for more electric-only driving. The C-Max siblings compete against a range of hybrids: the C-Max hybrid against the Toyota Prius V, and the C-Max Energi against the Prius Plug-In and the Chevrolet Volt. Both Fords stand out by driving and looking more mainstream than other hybrids. READ MORE ››

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