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2015 Ford C-Max Hybrid Review

The 2015 Ford C-Max Hybrid finishes in the middle of our hybrid and electric car rankings. It’s easy to drive and has low ownership costs for the segment, but its subpar reliability rating keeps it from ranking higher.

Pros & Cons

  • Agile handling for a hybrid
  • Roomy, upscale interior
  • Large cargo hold for a hybrid
  • Below-average reliability rating
  • Finicky infotainment system


Rankings & Awards

The 2015 Ford C-Max Hybrid's #13 ranking is based on its score within the 2015 Hybrid Cars category. It was a finalist for our 2015 Best Wagon for the Money award and a finalist for our 2015 Best Hatchback for Families award. Currently the Ford C-Max Hybrid has a score of 7.7 out of 10, which is based on our evaluation of 29 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.




Critics' Rating: 8.2
Performance: 7.8
Interior: 7.3
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.2
Safety: 9.0
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2015 Ford C-Max Hybrid Overview

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

The 2015 Ford C-Max Hybrid is a decent choice in our hybrid and electric car rankings. Like many hybrids, it stands out for its fuel efficiency, but it also has a capable powertrain and composed handling. Inside, this Ford looks good and feels upscale, and there's plenty of passenger space. On the downside, most rivals earn better reliability ratings than the C-Max Hybrid, and several have easier-to-use infotainment systems.

Why You Can Trust Us

Our Ford C-Max Hybrid review includes far more than just one person's opinion. We collected professional evaluations from 29 sources and combined them with concrete data like fuel economy estimates, safety features, and performance specs to help you make an informed buying decision.

The U.S. News Best Cars team has been ranking cars, trucks, and SUVs since 2007, and our staff has more than a combined 75 years of automotive industry experience. To ensure our impartiality, we never accept expensive gifts or trips from car companies, and an outside team handles the advertising on our site.

How Much Is the 2015 Ford C-Max Hybrid?

There are about 500 listings for the 2015 Ford C-Max family of vehicles (comprised of the Hybrid and the Energi) on our site, with an average list price of $15,400. Prices range from $11,900 to $18,300 and vary depending on the vehicle’s condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Much Does the 2015 Ford C-Max Hybrid Cost to Own?

The 2015 C-Max Hybrid’s five-year costs for gas, insurance, repairs, and maintenance are projected to be about $20,000, or $4,000 per year. That’s below average for a wagon.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New C-Max Hybrid?

For the C-Max Hybrid, 2018 was the final model year of production. With a price range that tops out around $18,000, the 2015 C-Max Hybrid is much less expensive than any new hybrid car or wagon, as the least expensive vehicles in both categories have starting prices that approach $22,000.

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Which Model Year of the Ford C-Max Hybrid Is Best?

The Ford C-Max Hybrid launched as an all-new model for 2013, and there were no major changes until the 2016 model year, which is when the 2016 C-Max Hybrid gained the SYNC 3 infotainment system. It's more intuitive and easier to use than the MyFord Touch system. There are no notable changes for 2017, besides the renaming of a trim. Ford discontinued the C-Max after the 2018 model year.

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How Reliable Is the 2015 Ford C-Max Hybrid?

The 2015 Ford C-Max Hybrid has a below-average reliability rating of 2.5 out of five from J.D. Power.

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2015 Ford C-Max Hybrid Recalls

At the time of writing, there are no safety recalls for the 2015 Ford C-Max Hybrid. Before buying any used vehicle, make sure all recalls have been addressed.

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

There are only two trim levels for the 2015 C-Max Hybrid: SE and SEL. The SEL is the better choice for many buyers because it comes with more features than the base trim, including leather upholstery, heated front seats, the MyFord Touch infotainment system, and satellite radio.

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What Does Ford's Certified Pre-Owned Warranty Cover?

Ford offers a certified pre-owned program for vehicles six years old or less and with fewer than 80,000 miles. Eligibility is determined by the vehicle’s initial sale date. For its certified pre-owned vehicles, Ford extends the original new-car powertrain warranty to seven years from the original sale date or 100,000 miles. These vehicles also get a one-year/12,000-mile limited warranty after the original three-year/36,000-mile new-car warranty expires. Each Ford CPO vehicle must pass a 172-point inspection. Additional benefits like vehicle history reports, towing, and roadside assistance may be available, so read the Ford warranty page carefully.

Ford does not have one of the better CPO programs among affordable carmakers. Chevy, GMC, Honda, Kia, and Mazda all have better programs.

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How Safe Is the C-Max Hybrid?

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named the C-Max Hybrid a Top Safety Pick and gave it the highest rating of Good in four crash tests and the second-highest rating of Acceptable in the passenger-side small overlap crash test.

Ford’s MyKey system comes standard. It lets you set speed and audio volume limits for secondary drivers. Available safety features include rear parking sensors, a rearview camera, and parallel park assist.

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2015 Ford C-Max Hybrid Versus the Competition

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

The powertrain in the 2015 Toyota Prius V is more energetic than what you'll find in the C-Max Hybrid, and the Toyota gets better gas mileage. Though the C-Max is more enjoyable to drive, the Prius V provides a smooth ride, more standard features, a longer list of advanced safety tech, and more cargo space. The Prius V also earns a much better reliability rating, cementing its place above the C-Max in our hybrid and electric car rankings.

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

The 2015 Chevrolet Volt only seats four and doesn't have as much cargo space as many of its rivals. However, it still might be an appealing alternative to the C-Max Hybrid for some buyers. The Volt has peppy acceleration, a high-end interior, and some tech features that are not available in the C-Max Hybrid, such as a built-in Wi-Fi hot spot. The biggest difference between the two is that the Volt is a plug-in hybrid, so it can drive on electric power alone, much like the C-Max Hybrid's sibling the C-Max Energi.

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2015 C-Max Hybrid Performance

How Does the 2015 Ford C-Max Hybrid Drive?

The 2015 Ford C-Max Hybrid features a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine and an electric motor that produce and a combined 188 horsepower. A continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) comes standard. This hybrid powertrain eagerly propels C-Max off the line, and it has enough juice for highway merging and passing maneuvers.

The C-Max Hybrid handles better than many other hybrids, and its responsive steering and sturdy brakes give you added confidence when you're behind the wheel. This Ford provides a comfortable ride over most road surfaces.

We cover the 2015 Ford C-Max Energi, a plug-in hybrid, in a separate review.

Does the 2015 Ford C-Max Hybrid Get Good Gas Mileage?

The 2015 C-Max Hybrid gets 41 mpg in the city and 36 mpg on the highway. Those are outstanding ratings for a wagon, though they're a little below average for a hybrid vehicle.

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2015 C-Max Hybrid Interior

How Many People Does the 2015 C-Max Hybrid Seat?

The 2015 Ford C-Max Hybrid seats five in two rows and comes standard with cloth upholstery. Leather upholstery, heated front seats and a power-adjustable driver’s seat are available. The interior is well-built and features quality materials. The front seats provide plenty of headroom, and drivers enjoy a great view of the road ahead. The rear seats are spacious enough that adults can ride comfortably.

How Many Child Car Seats Fit in the 2015 Ford C-Max Hybrid?

The C-Max Hybrid has two full sets of LATCH connectors on the rear outboard seats and an upper tether anchor on the rear middle seat. There aren't any issues with the tether anchors, but the lower anchors are set too deep in the seat and can be difficult to maneuver around.

2015 Ford C-Max Hybrid Features

The 2015 Ford C-Max Hybrid comes standard with dual-zone automatic climate control, a six-speaker audio system, an auxiliary audio input, a USB port, Bluetooth and Ford’s voice-activated SYNC system.

Available features include push-button start, remote start, a fixed glass panoramic roof, and the MyFord Touch infotainment system with a nine-speaker Sony audio system, navigation, and satellite radio.

While the C-Max Hybrid has some nice features, the available MyFord Touch infotainment system will dampen your enthusiasm a bit. It's not that intuitive, which makes it frustrating to use.

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2015 Ford C-Max Hybrid Dimensions

Ford C-Max Hybrid Cargo Space

The 2015 Ford C-Max Hybrid has 24.5 cubic feet of cargo space behind the second-row seats and 52.6 cubic feet when the second-row seats are folded. Few in the hybrid and electric car class can match this Ford’s cargo capacity. A hands-free power liftgate is available.

2015 C-Max Hybrid Length and Weight

The 2015 C-Max Hybrid is 14 feet, 6 inches long and has a curb weight of 3,607 pounds.

Where Was the 2015 Ford C-Max Hybrid Built?

Ford built the 2015 C-Max Hybrid in Michigan.

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