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Critics' Rating: 8.4
Performance: 8.2
Interior: 7.9
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.3
Safety: 9.0
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2015 Ford C-Max Hybrid Review

The 2015 C-Max Hybrid has athletic performance for a hybrid and a nice cabin, but its below-average predicted reliability rating, small cargo space, and frustrating infotainment system keep it from ranking higher in the wagon class.

Pros & Cons

  • Agile handling for a hybrid
  • Roomy, upscale interior
  • Finicky infotainment system
  • Less cargo room than other wagons


2015 Ford C-Max Hybrid Overview

Is the 2015 Ford C-Max Hybrid a Good Used Wagon?

The 2015 C-Max Hybrid is an OK wagon that has an upmarket cabin and plenty of headroom for passengers. Handling is superb, and this wagon has enough acceleration for most driving situations around town and on the highway. Compared with other wagons, you’ll enjoy excellent gas mileage.

Used 2015 Ford C-Max Hybrid Performance and Interior

The C-Max Hybrid is reasonably engaging to drive, especially for a hybrid. Its hybrid powertrain – which consists of a four-cylinder engine and an electric motor – has plenty of pep to overtake other vehicles on the highway. A continuously variable automatic transmission is standard. The C-Max Hybrid gets up to 41 mpg in the city and 36 mpg on the highway. That's great for a nonhybrid wagon, but subpar compared to the Toyota Prius V – the only other hybrid in the class. The well-balanced C-Max Hybrid blends a smooth ride with poised handling. The steering is responsive and the brakes are forceful.

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The cabin looks and feels upscale, with top-quality materials, solid construction, and a stylish design. The front seats offer plenty of headroom, along with an excellent view of the road ahead. All but the tallest passengers will be comfortable in the rear seats. Each outboard rear seat has a full set of LATCH child-seat connectors, while the middle rear seat has an additional upper tether anchor. The C-Max Hybrid has less cargo space than most wagon rivals.

Ford's SYNC voice recognition system comes standard in the C-Max Hybrid, along with a USB port, Bluetooth, and an auxiliary audio input. Some models may also have the MyFord Touch infotainment system, navigation, a nine-speaker Sony audio system, satellite radio, and a panoramic sunroof. The available infotainment system is complicated to use.

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Used 2015 Ford C-Max Hybrid Prices

Prices for a used C-Max Hybrid start around $14,000 for the base SE trim and go up to about $16,000 for the SEL model. Pricing depends on vehicle condition, mileage, and location.

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We Did the Research for You: 29 Reviews Analyzed

Instead of basing our used car reviews on our personal opinions, we analyze the findings of the automotive press alongside information on safety, reliability, and more. Our Best Cars team analyzed 29 C-Max Hybrid reviews to give you a complete overview of how it measures up against other wagons.

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How Reliable Is the 2015 Ford C-Max Hybrid?

J.D. Power & Associates gave the C-Max Hybrid a predicted reliability rating of 2.5 out of five. That's a bit below average for a wagon – and for the used car market as a whole.

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How Safe Is the C-Max Hybrid?

The C-Max Hybrid performed well in crash tests. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named the C-Max Hybrid a Top Safety Pick, with a top Good rating in four categories and an Acceptable rating in the small overlap front crash test. The C-Max Hybrid earned a four-star overall rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. All models have Ford's MyKey system, which enables parents to limit speed or radio volume settings for new drivers. Available active safety features include a rearview camera and rear parking sensors.

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Should I Consider Another Used C-Max Hybrid?

The Ford C-Max Hybrid launched as an all-new model for the 2013 model year, and there were no major changes between then and 2015. If you want a better infotainment system, consider the 2016 C-Max Hybrid; Ford rolled out the more intuitive SYNC 3 program for this model year.

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

Since there's only a couple thousand dollars difference between the base SE and the SEL trim levels, go for the upper model. It has loads of desirable add-ons, like leather upholstery, heated front seats, the MyFord Touch infotainment system, and satellite radio.

You may also want to consider a certified pre-owned C-Max Hybrid. 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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2015 Ford C-Max Hybrid and Other Cars to Consider

Which Is Better: 2015 Ford C-Max Hybrid or 2015 Toyota Prius V?

The Toyota Prius V isn't quite as engaging to drive as the C-Max Hybrid, but it's a better overall choice. The Prius V wagon has better fuel economy, yet still gets decent power from its hybrid powertrain. It also provides a smooth ride, more standard features, a longer list of advanced safety systems, and more cargo space. The Prius V also earns a much higher predicted reliability rating.

Which Is Better: 2015 Ford C-Max Hybrid or 2015 Chevrolet Volt?

If you only need seats for four – and don't mind a small cargo space – the Chevrolet Volt might be an appealing alternative to the C-Max Hybrid. The Volt has peppy acceleration, a high-end interior, and some tech features not available in the C-Max Hybrid, like a built-in Wi-Fi hot spot. The Volt's predicted reliability rating bests the score earned by the C-Max Hybrid.

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