The human kind relies on many indicators. We use watches, clocks, barometers, odometers, speedometers, etc.
When it comes to driving, we are very aware of the digits at local gas stations.
Once the prices go up, the traffic congestion seems to be a bit less, especially during weekend events.
With that, the tendency towards buying a fuel economy vehicle is on the rise.
The Ford C-Max Energi is a solution among plug-in hybrids.
This car is not just easy on your wallet, but also does not feel like a sacrifice during the hard times. Quite the opposite- the comfort, ergonomics, convenience, design and performance are decisive factors, making the C-Maxc Energi a leader in its class.
The Energi is quite crowded under the hood since it combines two engines- Atkinson-cycle 2.0-liter four-cylinder gasoline engine and the electric motor, able to produce 118HP. The two combined can deliver 188HP, not too shabby for the "money saver" vehicle.
The cabin offers ample headroom and legroom. The battery compartment does take extra space (5 inches over the luggage floor.) Although the extra height is a bit more challenging for placing heavier or awkward objects (like a whole bicycle), the hands free hatch opening (and closing) does help a lot.
According to digital indication on the dashboard, the EV charge should last for 18 miles. However, starting your journey with a cold engine will reduce this range. The reason?
The motor will perform at the optimum level once the lithium-ion battery reaches room temperature. When that happens, the real range can be extended past 18 miles, however that depends on several factors, mainly the style of driving and the topography. Obviously, driving during cold months will effect the optimum performance of the vehicle.
Once the electric power is depleted, the gas engine takes over without a hint. The electric motor can still be partially recharged while in gas mode. The "braking coach" situated on the panel will teach the driver the most effective way to put back some power through regenerative braking.
Driving in EV mode is very appealing as there is no engine noise. The display brings video games to mind, challenging the driver to grow the virtual vine and maximize the fuel economy in the given time intervals.
Those who pay the attention to video coaching will be rewarded with better than advertised 44/41 MPG. The problem is with way too many options on the display, drivers may end up a little confused.
Overall the C-Max Energi is quite an appealing vehicle, making trips to gas stations and oil changing services less frequent. Depending on the driving style and logistics (like locations of charging stations), the C-Max Energi may be of the top list of cars to drive, before making the buying decision.