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2017 Ford C-Max Hybrid Review

The 2017 Ford C-Max Hybrid places in the bottom half of our hybrid and electric car rankings. While this car touts a peppy powertrain and a spacious interior, it has a below-average predicted reliability rating and a poor safety score.

Pros & Cons

  • Spacious, high-quality cabin
  • Good horsepower for a hybrid
  • Poor safety score
  • Below-average predicted reliability rating

7.7

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 8.2
Performance: 7.9
Interior: 7.7
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.1
Safety: 9.0
Reliability:
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2017 Ford C-Max Hybrid Overview

Is the 2017 Ford C-Max Hybrid a Good Used Car?

The 2017 Ford C-Max Hybrid is a good – but not great – wagon. It ranks low among hybrid and electric cars because many rivals are simply better. The C-Max's fuel economy is about average for the class, and it lacks many advanced safety features. On the plus side, the C-Max Hybrid does have quick acceleration (for a hybrid) and nimble handling.

Why You Can Trust Us

We do not base our used car rankings and reviews on our personal opinions. Instead, we collect information like safety and reliability reports, total cost of ownership estimates, and the views of the automotive press. We analyzed 34 professional evaluations for this 2017 C-Max Hybrid review to help you make an informed buying decision.

Our experienced team of writers, editors, and analysts has been ranking and reviewing the best cars, trucks, crossovers, and SUVs since 2007. We remain unbiased by refusing pricey gifts and trips from auto manufacturers and employing an independent agency to manage the advertising on our site.

How Much Is the 2017 Ford C-Max Hybrid?

There are more than 163 listings for the 2017 C-Max Hybrid on our site, with prices ranging from $15,500 to $26,000. The average list price is $19,100. Prices vary depending on the vehicle's condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Much Does the 2017 Ford C-Max Hybrid Cost to Own?

Predicted five-year costs for gas, insurance, maintenance, and repairs for the 2017 C-Max Hybrid are estimated to be $19,858.

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

The base 2018 Ford C-Max Hybrid has a starting price of $24,120, which is well above the 2017 C-Max’s average price of $19,100. There were no changes between the model years. That means you can save a considerable amount of money by purchasing an otherwise identical used 2017 C-Max Hybrid instead of a new 2018 model.

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There are no new wagons that match the average price of a used 2017 C-Max Hybrid. The 2018 Fiat 500L comes the closest with its starting price of $20,995, but it is one of our lowest-ranked wagons. You may want to consider a new subcompact SUV as an alternative. The 2018 Hyundai Kona starts at $19,500, and it has 45.8 cubic feet of cargo space compared to 52.6 cubic feet in the C-Max Hybrid. The 2018 Honda HR-V starts at $19,670 and offers a higher maximum cargo capacity of 58.8 cubic feet.

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

Not much has changed for the C-Max Hybrid since Ford first introduced it as a 2013 model. The only major update came in 2016, when Ford swapped the available MyFord Touch infotainment system with the easier-to-use SYNC 3 system. Avoid C-Max Hybrid models from 2013 to 2015, as they have the frustrating MyFord Touch. It’s annoying and unreliable. Buying a 2016 saves you money, and you’ll get many of the same benefits that the 2017 offers.

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How Reliable Is the 2017 Ford C-Max Hybrid?

The 2017 Ford C-Max Hybrid has a below-average predicted reliability rating of 2.5 out of five from J.D. Power.

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2017 Ford C-Max Hybrid Recalls

As of this writing, the 2017 C-Max Hybrid has no recalls.

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

The 2017 C-Max Hybrid comes in two trim levels: SE and Titanium. Your best bet is the Titanium. It has a longer features list, and it has a better infotainment system than the base model.

The base SE trim comes standard with cloth upholstery, dual-zone automatic climate control, a 10-way power-adjustable driver's seat. It also comes with the SYNC system, which includes Bluetooth, a USB port, voice recognition, and a six-speaker sound system.

The Titanium trim adds leather upholstery, heated front seats, two USB ports, push-button start, and remote start. This trim gets the SYNC 3 system, which features an 8-inch touch screen, a nine-speaker sound system, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Siri Eyes Free, and navigation.

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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 2017 Ford C-Max Hybrid's safety score is low for the class. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the C-Max Hybrid four out of five stars in the frontal crash and rollover tests, as well as five stars in the side crash test. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the 2017 C-Max Hybrid the top rating of Good for the moderate overlap front, side, rollover, and rear crash tests. The C-Max also earned the second-highest rating of Acceptable for the driver-side small overlap front crash test.

Standard active safety features on the C-Max Hybrid include a rearview camera. All models also come with the Ford MyKey system. This feature allows you to set safety parameters such as a top speed and an audio volume limit for when others borrow your car. Available safety features include front and rear park assist as well as blind spot monitoring.

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2017 Ford C-Max Hybrid Versus the Competition                                              

Which Is Better: 2017 Ford C-Max Hybrid or 2017 Toyota Prius?

The 2017 Toyota Prius is the king of the hybrids when it comes to gas mileage. Its base fuel economy rating of 54 mpg in the city and 50 mpg on the highway is among the best in the class. Meanwhile, the 2017 C-Max Hybrid returns 42/38 mpg city/highway. However, the Prius’ best-in-class fuel economy is not the only reason it tops the C-Max Hybrid. The Prius has an impressive predicted reliability rating and comes standard with many advanced safety systems.

Which Is Better: 2017 Ford C-Max Hybrid or 2017 Ford C-Max Energi?

The 2017 Ford C-Max Energi is a plug-in hybrid that gives you 20 miles of all-electric range before you have to start using the gasoline engine. Otherwise, the C-Max Hybrid and the gasoline-electric C-Max Energi are almost identical. They have the same trim levels and interior features, along with similar performance. The Energi's battery placement cuts into rear passenger space and cargo room, so you'll want to go with the regular C-Max Hybrid if you want the extra space. The C-Max Energi ranks at the very bottom of the hybrid and electric car class, and the only reason to buy it over the hybrid is for its all-electric operation.

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2017 C-Max Hybrid Performance

How Does the 2017 Ford C-Max Hybrid Drive?

The 2017 C-Max Hybrid is fun to drive and generally comfortable, with agile handling and a fine-tuned suspension. The C-Max Hybrid rounds corners with confidence and has responsive steering. The C-Max Hybrid’s powertrain consists of a four-cylinder gas engine, an electric motor, and lithium-ion batteries. It produces a combined 188 horsepower. A continuously variable automatic transmission is standard. Drivers will barely notice when the gas engine cycles on and off – a claim many hybrids can’t make.

Does the 2017 Ford C-Max Hybrid Get Good Gas Mileage?

The C-Max Hybrid gets 42 mpg in the city and 38 mpg on the highway, which is about average for the class.

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2017 C-Max Hybrid Interior

How Many People Does the 2017 C-Max Hybrid Seat?

There is comfortable seating for five in the 2017 C-Max Hybrid. Legroom and headroom are abundant for first- and second-row occupants. Cloth upholstery and a 10-way power-adjustable driver's seat are standard. Leather upholstery is available. The C-Max Hybrid has impressive interior materials, which can’t be said of all hybrids.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2017 Ford C-Max Hybrid?

There are two sets of LATCH child-seat connectors in the rear outboard seats and a middle-seat tether anchor. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the C-Max Hybrid’s LATCH system the second-lowest rating of Marginal. The lower anchors are too deep in the seats, and the hardware is difficult to maneuver around.

2017 Ford C-Max Hybrid Features

Standard features include dual-zone automatic climate control and the SYNC system, which includes Bluetooth, a USB port, voice recognition, and a six-speaker sound system. Available features include dual USB ports, remote start, a nine-speaker sound system, rear park assist, and active parallel park assist. Look for models with the available the SYNC 3 system, which is easy to use. It features an 8-inch touch screen, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Siri Eyes Free, and navigation.

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2017 Ford C-Max Hybrid Dimensions

Ford C-Max Hybrid Cargo Space

Behind the rear seats, the C-Max Hybrid has 24.5 cubic feet of cargo space. Its hatchback design makes this one of the more practical vehicles in the hybrid and electric car class. With the rear seats folded down, the C-Max Hybrid has 52.6 cubic feet. A power liftgate is available.

2017 C-Max Hybrid Length and Weight

The 2017 C-Max Hybrid is 14.5 feet long. It has a curb weight of 3,640 pounds.

Where Was the 2017 Ford C-Max Hybrid Built?

Ford manufactured the 2017 C-Max Hybrid in Michigan.

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