2016 Ford C-Max Energi Interior

#5 out of 8 in 2016 Wagons

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2016 Ford C-Max Energi Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2016 Ford C-Max Energi was new.


Interior: 7.5

Test drivers like the 2016 Ford C-Max Energi's appealing interior design, premium materials and good build quality. They note that it has plenty of legroom and ample headroom for four 6-foot adults. The C-Max Energi's new, standard SYNC 3 touch-screen infotainment system also earns praise for its ease of use. However, auto writers complain that the C-Max Energi's bulky hybrid battery creates a large hump in the cargo area that restricts cargo space and prevents items from lying flat when the rear seats are folded.

  • "Ford's newfound status as a leader in interior design and material quality is evident in the 5-door C-Max for 2016. 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
  • "The C-Max Energi's cabin will feel familiar if you've driven a Focus or Escape, which is a very good thing since these cars all incorporate top-notch materials, solid construction and eye-catching design." -- Edmunds
  • "Design-wise, the Energi is much like its Focus platform mate inside, with high-quality materials and a modern-looking dashboard." -- Left Lane News (2015)


The 2016 C-Max Energi seats five and comes standard with leather upholstery, heated front seats and a power-adjustable driver’s seat.

Auto writers say the C-Max Energi's driver's seat provides an excellent view of the road. They add that ample headroom and good rear-seat legroom make the C-Max Energi a comfortable car for four 6-foot adults.

  • "The supportive, high-mounted driver seat gives you a slightly more commanding view of the road than you'll get in most wagons and hatchbacks." -- Edmunds
  • "Headroom is overly abundant in all seating positions, and rear legroom is suitable for 6-footers." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Thanks to the tall roof and upright seating positions, four six-footers will fit in the C-Max without banging their heads or knees." -- Car and Driver (2013)
  • "Front and rear passenger space is excellent all around and the big side windows offer terrific outward visibility." -- Left Lane News (2013)

Interior Features

The 2016 Ford C-Max Energi comes standard with a rearview camera, Bluetooth, push-button start, a 110-volt power outlet, dual-zone automatic climate control, a six-speaker audio system, a USB port, an auxiliary audio input, satellite radio, rear parking sensors and the SYNC 3 infotainment system, which is new for 2016 and includes a touch screen and voice recognition. Ford’s MyKey, which allows you to set audio volume and speed limits, is also standard. Available features include navigation, a fixed-glass panoramic roof, a nine-speaker Sony audio system, HD Radio, forward parking sensors and parallel parking assist.

Reviewers agree that the C-Max Energi's new SYNC 3 infotainment system is much easier to use than the frustrating MyFord Touch system it replaces.

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  • "For 2016, the Ford C-Max … gains some new colors and the addition of the much-improved SYNC 3 voice-activated infotainment system." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Ford has dumped its finicky Microsoft-based Sync with MyFord Touch interface in favor of the new Blackberry-based Sync 3 system, which features improved voice controls and menus and brings a lot of smartphone functionality to the 8-inch touchscreen." -- Edmunds


The 2016 Ford C-Max Energi has 19.2 cubic feet of cargo space behind the back seats and 42.8 cubic feet with the back seats folded, which is less than most wagons but more than most hybrids and many hatchbacks. The C-Max Energi has a smaller cargo area than the C-Max Hybrid because the C-Max Energi's larger battery takes up more space. When the second-row seats are folded, critics complain that the C-Max Energi’s battery creates a large hump in the cargo area that prevents you from laying items flat. A hands-free power liftgate that opens when you wave your foot under the bumper is optional.

  • "Lowering the rear seats opens up 42.8 cubic feet, which still is more than 20 cubic feet shy of a Prius V or a typical small crossover SUV. Worse, the load floor isn't flat when the seats are folded, as the battery pack creates a high shelf behind the rear seats that sits about a foot higher than the load floor." -- Edmunds
  • "On the downside, it isn't quite as big inside as its crossover-like look would suggest - the big battery intrudes into the cargo area, cutting stowage space behind the rear seats from 24.5 cubic feet in the standard C-MAX to 19.2 in the Energi." -- Left Lane News (2015)
  • "The biggest difference between this Energi and a standard Ford C-Max Hybrid is the laughably tiny cargo area." -- Automobile Magazine (2013)

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