2013 Ford C-Max Energi Interior

#8 out of 9 in 2013 Wagons

$8,996 - $8,996

2013 Ford C-Max Energi Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2013 Ford C-Max Energi was new.


Interior: 7.1

The majority of reviewers like the cabin of the 2013 Ford C-Max Energi for its pleasing design, upscale feel and ample passenger space. However, the majority of reviewers dislike some of the electronic features, which they say can be tough to use, and the cargo space, which is limited for a wagon.

  • "The 5-passenger cabin is filled with attractive, soft-touch surfaces that combine to produce a remarkably upscale feel, particularly for this class of vehicle." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Ford has done an admirable job with the interior of the C-Max Energi. The mostly leather cabin with its gleaming metal accents give it an upscale atmosphere." -- Mashable


The 2013 Ford C-Max Energi seats five people in two rows of seats. Most reviewers agree that the seats in both rows are comfortable and spacious.

  • "Compared with the Volt and the Prius plug-in-both of which are about three inches longer than the C-Max-the Ford is roomier in the front, and much more spacious in the back." -- Car and Driver
  • "The front seat was more than ample for my broad body. I found backseat comfort and leg-room perfectly adequate for myself, and got no complaints from two 11-year olds." - AOL Autos
  • "Front and rear passenger space is excellent all around and the big side windows offer terrific outward visibility." -- Left Lane News
  • "You sit high in the saddle and have a great view out of the large windows all around." -- Fox News
  • "The front seats are firm yet comfortable - and they're infinitely adjustable. The seats in the back are more roomy than most cars of this size, seating three medium-sized people - although I wouldn't want to be the guy in the middle seat." -- Mashable 

Interior Features

Standard features in the 2013 Ford C-Max Energi include a SmartGauge fuel gauge with EcoGuide to train the driver to conserve fuel, Ford's SYNC infotainment system with MyFord Touch, and heated seats. Optional features include a navigation system, active park assist and a sensor that allows for hands-free operation of the cargo hatch.

Reviewers say the hands-free cargo hatch makes loading cargo much easier. Most critics aren't fans of the MyFord Touch and SYNC systems, saying they can be slow and tough to use. While they appreciate all the tech the C-Max Energi has as standard equipment, they wish it worked better. Several reviewers complain about the navigation system. Some reviewers appreciate the EcoGuide, but others think it's annoying.

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  • "On the negative side, MyFord Touch continues to be a bear to use and taints any experience with a Ford vehicle. And in the C-Max it's even more problematic due to the fact that the central console is sharply angled away from the driver making the touch-display and the controls below difficult to reach." -- Automobile Magazine
  • "At first there's even a playful element about the computerized regenerative-braking coach, which judges the driver's ability to recover energy during every full stop and displays it on the dashboard as a percentage of potential. But the novelty wears off as you discover that your natural braking style produces consistent, sub-60-percent energy-recovery stops. Eventually it becomes annoying as the car frequently informs you that regenerative braking is yet one more thing in your life at which you are tragically inadequate." -- Car and Driver
  • "Sync offers excellent voice command and connectivity for personal electronics." -- CNET
  • "While its large 7.5-inch touchscreen reacts to your input a little quicker than when we first tested it in 2010, it's still too sluggish. Its awkward interface has icons that are too small to push, and its Home button is inexplicably located in a place where you have to turn your finger to an unusual angle to press it. Its weakest link is its speech recognition, which is hit-or-miss. It's improved from its first iteration, but still misunderstands too much of what you said. However, if it does understand the address you're saying to it, it's the easiest way to input an address into the car's above-average GPS system." -- Mashable


The 2013 Ford C-Max Energi has 19.2 cubic feet of cargo space when all seats are in use and 42.8 cubic feet of cargo space when the back seats are folded down. The C-Max Energi's cargo space is tiny for a wagon. However, compared with other plug-in hybrids, like the Chevrolet Volt, which has 10.6 cubic feet of space behind the second row, and the Toyota Prius Plug-in, which has 21.6 cubic feet of cargo space behind its second row, the C-Max Energi has decent cargo space.

Though reviewers understand that the C-Max Energi's battery pack takes up a lot of space in the cargo area, they still find the available cargo space too small. They particularly dislike how the battery pack raises the load floor in the cargo area, giving the C-Max Energi a load height that is too high.

  • "The biggest difference between this Energi and a standard Ford C-Max Hybrid is the laughably tiny cargo area. Because the Energi's larger battery pack takes up so much space, the effective liftover height is almost up to my elbows. It feels like you must perch any cargo atop a shelf that is higher up than the roofline of a Subaru BRZ, and that makes this family hatchback considerably less useful." -- Automobile Magazine
  • "The conversion into a hybrid has ragged edges, most obviously in the rear cargo area where the Energi's larger battery pack sticks up higher, resulting in 19 cubic feet of cargo space versus the C-Max hybrid's 25. A Focus hatchback, on the other hand, offers 24 cubic feet of space without the huge price or teetering body. Even with the second-row seat down, the C-Max Energi's 43 cubic feet of space can't match the Focus hatch's 45." -- Car and Driver
  • "The dimensions of the C-Max Energi make it very suitable as an all-purpose family vehicle, although the loss of cargo area space for the battery pack makes Ford's C-Max Hybrid ultimately more practical." -- CNET
  • "The cargo space rear of the back seat may alarm some buyers. About six inches of the vertical space is gone, owing to the positioning of the battery. I can see this being a problem for folks who carry a lot of gear and go on a lot of trips. But I was able to pack a normal shopping trip's worth of groceries -- six bags -- just fine." -- AOL Autos

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