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2014 Ford C-Max Hybrid Review

The 2014 Ford C-Max Hybrid provides a spacious and attractive cabin, spry acceleration, and composed handling, but its poor reliability rating pulls down its position in the wagon class. 

Pros & Cons

  • Excellent fuel economy
  • Roomy back seat
  • Agile handling and strong acceleration for a hybrid
  • Attractive, well-built interior
  • Less cargo space than most wagons
  • Frustrating available infotainment system
  • Poor reliability

Rankings & Awards

The 2014 Ford C-Max Hybrid's #6 ranking is based on its score within the 2014 Wagons category. It was a finalist for our 2014 Best Hybrid Car for Families award and a finalist for our 2014 Best Wagon for Families award. Currently the Ford C-Max Hybrid has a score of 7.9 out of 10, which is based on our evaluation of 25 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.




Critics' Rating: 8.6
Performance: 8.0
Interior: 7.7
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.4
Safety: 9.0
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2014 Ford C-Max Hybrid Overview

Is the 2014 Ford C-Max Hybrid a Good Used Wagon?

The Ford C-Max Hybrid has a lot to offer, including impressive driving dynamics, an upscale cabin with adult-friendly seats, and outstanding fuel economy estimates. Still, shoppers who want a reliable wagon with lots of cargo space should look elsewhere. If you buy the C-Max Hybrid, you may want to avoid models that have the frustrating available MyFord Touch infotainment system. 

Used 2014 Ford C-Max Hybrid Performance and Interior

The front-wheel-drive 2014 Ford C-Max Hybrid's four-cylinder engine and electric motor make 188 horsepower combined. Whether accelerating from a stop or moving at highway speeds, the C-Max Hybrid feels zippy. It also smoothly transitions between gas and electric power. A continuously variable automatic transmission is standard. According to the EPA, the C-Max Hybrid gets 41 mpg in the city and 36 mpg on the highway. Those estimates are close to the highest in the class, only topped slightly by the Toyota Prius v's. The C-Max Hybrid rides firmly but also feels smooth on most road surfaces. It has responsive steering, a composed ride, and strong brakes.

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The Ford C-Max Hybrid's cabin is well-constructed with top-quality materials, and its attractive styling includes high-tech instrument gauges that display fuel usage and speed. The C-Max Hybrid has seating for five, though four adults will be most comfortable. There is ample head- and legroom inside, and the 2014 C-Max Hybrid has excellent outward visibility due to its high roofline. The rear outboard seats have complete sets of LATCH connectors for child safety seats. The middle seat has an upper tether anchor plus the ability to borrow lower anchors for the other two seats. With its back seats folded, the Ford C-Max Hybrid has 52.6 cubic feet of cargo space, which is on the small side for a wagon.

The 2014 Ford C-Max Hybrid comes standard with dual-zone automatic climate control, a 110-volt power outlet, a USB port, Bluetooth phone connectivity, and SYNC voice commands. Available features include push-button start and navigation. A MyFord Touch touch-screen infotainment system is also available, but it complicates basic tasks like adjusting audio and climate settings.

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Used 2014 Ford C-Max Hybrid Prices

The price of a used 2014 Ford C-Max Hybrid ranges from almost $12,900 for the base SE trim up to about $14,600 for the SEL trim. However, pricing depends on factors like the car's mileage, condition, equipment, and location.

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We Did the Research for You: 25 Reviews Analyzed

Our used car rankings and reviews are based on an analysis of hard data – including crash test scores, reliability ratings, and total cost of ownership estimates – as well as the reviews of the automotive press. We researched and analyzed 25 reviews for this 2014 Ford C-Max Hybrid overview.

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How Reliable Is the 2014 Ford C-Max Hybrid?

The 2014 C-Max Hybrid has one of the lowest reliability ratings in the class – a 2.5 out of five from J.D. Power and Associates.

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How Safe Is the C-Max Hybrid?

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the 2014 Ford C-Max Hybrid a Good rating, the highest it offers, in four crash tests (moderate overlap front, side impact, rear crash protection, and roof strength) and the second-best rating of Acceptable in the small overlap front test. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the C-Max Hybrid four out of five stars in overall safety. The C-Max Hybrid received four stars in the frontal and rollover crash tests and five stars in the side crash test.

The Ford C-Max Hybrid has no standard driver assistance features, but it's available with a rearview camera, active park assist, front parking sensors, and rear parking sensors.

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Should I Consider Another Used C-Max Hybrid?

The 2014 Ford C-Max Hybrid was introduced in the United States for the 2013 model year and continues through the 2017 model year. You can purchase the very similar 2013 C-Max Hybrid for less money than the 2014 model.

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Which Used Ford C-Max Hybrid Is Right for Me?

The 2014 Ford C-Max Hybrid is available in two trims: SE and SEL. The C-Max Hybrid SE trim comes with dual-zone automatic climate control, a 110-volt power outlet, a six-speaker audio system, a USB port, Bluetooth phone connectivity, and a SYNC entertainment and voice command system. The C-Max Hybrid SEL trim adds heated and power-adjustable front seats, leather upholstery, push-button start, satellite radio, rear parking sensors, rain-sensing wipers, and a MyFord Touch infotainment system with an 8-inch touch screen and a second USB port. Additionally, only the C-Max Hybrid SEL is available with navigation, a nine-speaker Sony stereo, HD Radio, a foot-activated power liftgate, a rearview camera, park assist, and front parking sensors.

Due to the C-Max Hybrid's poor reliability rating, a certified pre-owned model is worth checking out. For all of its certified pre-owned vehicles, Ford extends the original new-car powertrain warranty to seven years or 100,000 miles and provides a one-year/12,000-mile limited warranty. Each CPO vehicle must pass a 172-point inspection. Additional benefits like towing and roadside assistance may be available, so read the Ford warranty page carefully.

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2014 Ford C-Max Hybrid and Other Wagons to Consider

Which Is Better: 2014 Ford C-Max Hybrid or 2014 Toyota Prius v?

The Toyota Prius v is neither as fast nor as fun to drive as the C-Max Hybrid, but it's still the better wagon overall. It uses less fuel and has more cargo space than the C-Max Hybrid. Additionally, it has a very good reliability score, and its roomy back seats can slide and recline.

Which Is Better: 2014 Ford C-Max Hybrid or 2014 Chevrolet Volt?

The Chevrolet Volt is a plug-in hybrid compact car. Like the C-Max Hybrid, it has quick acceleration and composed handling. However, the Volt has a fraction of the C-Max Hybrid's cargo room, just four seats, and little back-seat space. The C-Max is the better buy for those who need the space.

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