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2017 Ford C-Max Hybrid Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2017 Ford C-Max Hybrid was new.


Interior: 7.7

The 2017 Ford C-Max Hybrid's interior is filled with high-quality, soft-touch materials. It has an attractive design and feels more upscale than one would expect from this class. The cabin is also very quiet, with little outside noise coming in. It is spacious, with plenty of head- and legroom, although cargo space is below average for a wagon. The technology is responsive and easy to use, though the base infotainment system can be confusing at first.

  • "In the areas of interior design, comfort and technology, the C-Max feels warmer than the ultra-modern Prius layout." -- Kelley Blue Book (2016)
  • "The 2016 C-Max Hybrid's cabin will feel familiar if you've driven a Focus or Escape, which is a very good thing, as those cars all incorporate top-notch materials, solid construction and eye-catching design." -- Edmunds (2016)
  • "Furthermore, its cabin is a pleasant place to spend extended periods of time, with high-quality materials, a modern-looking dashboard and nifty displays." -- Left Lane News (2016)


The 2017 Ford C-Max Hybrid seats five and comes standard with cloth upholstery, a manual tilt-and-telescopic leather-trimmed steering wheel, and a 10-way power-adjustable driver's seat. Leather upholstery and heated front seats are available.

The C-Max Hybrid's seats are comfortable and well-bolstered. There is ample legroom in the front and rear seats, even for tall passengers, and the C-Max Hybrid's tall roof provides ample headroom. However, it is best to limit the rear seats to two adults, as three may be cramped. The front seats are supportive and set high, giving a clear view of the road.

The C-Max Hybrid has two sets of LATCH anchors in the rear outboard seats and three tether anchors. The lower anchors are exposed and easy to access. However, because the rear seats are bolstered and don't recline, child seats sit at an angle and the front seats have to be moved forward to accommodate some of them.

  • "This Ford hybrid's voluptuous exterior design pays off inside, where headroom is generous for front- and rear-seat passengers." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The first thing you'll notice after climbing inside the C-MAX Hybrid is its tall, SUV-like seating position. This might not be a good thing if you're a fan of low-slung sports cars, but at least the elevated posture enables a commanding view of the road, while the curved roofline provides ample headroom." -- Autotrader (2015)
  • "The backseat has seating for three passengers, but adults will certainly be cramped if they're forced to sit three wide." -- Edmunds (2015)

Interior Features

The 2017 Ford C-Max Hybrid comes standard with a rearview camera, blind spot monitoring, dual automatic climate control, a six-speaker sound system, and Ford's MyKey, which lets you set parameters on things such as speed and audio volume for other drivers. EcoGuide, which displays how efficiently you're driving, is also standard. SYNC is the standard infotainment system. It allows you to make calls, listen to music, and control certain applications with SYNC App Link using your voice.

Available features include a push-button ignition, remote start, a nine-speaker sound system, front and rear park assist, an 8-inch touch screen, two USB ports, parallel park assist, satellite radio, heated side mirrors, predictive traffic and weather information, a panoramic glass roof, and the SYNC 3 system, which has more advanced smartphone-integration capabilities, such as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

The upgraded SYNC 3 system is easy to use and the 8-inch touch screen responds to swipe and pinch-to-zoom commands, like a smartphone. It is responsive, but the base trim's controls can be confusing at first. For the 2017 model year, the C-Max Hybrid's once-optional rearview camera is now standard.

See 2017 Ford C-Max Hybrid specs »

  • "For 2017, the C-Max's former SEL top trim is replaced by the Titanium, which brings features like a power-adjustable passenger seat and Sony premium audio system. Blind-spot monitoring is now optional, and a rearview camera becomes standard." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "While the base model's radio controls are somewhat complicated to use, the new optional Sync 3 system should be a big improvement compared to the previous MyFordTouch interface. The touchscreen features a revamped menu system and recognizes smartphone-like gestures like swipe and pinch-to-zoom." -- Edmunds (2016)
  • "… a new SYNC 3 infotainment system replaces the unpopular MyFord Touch, bringing a more user-friendly interface and improved technology." -- Autotrader (2016)


With 52.6 cubic feet of cargo space behind the front seats and 24.5 behind the rear seats, the 2017 Ford C-Max Hybrid has below-average cargo space for a wagon. Its high cargo floor, which is necessary to house the hybrid battery, poses a challenge when loading. Competitors such as the Subaru Outback offer much more space. A power liftgate and a hands-free power liftgate are available in the C-Max Hybrid.

  • "The C-Max Hybrid has more cargo capacity than a compact sedan or hatchback, but falls short of similarly priced wagons and SUVs. The rear-mounted battery pack is stored beneath the cargo floor, raising it close to a foot." -- Edmunds (2016)
  • "Fold the C-Max's rear seats flat and you'll find a cargo bay large enough to rival some small SUVs." -- Kelley Blue Book (2016)
  • "Unfortunately, the C-MAX it (sic) isn't quite as big inside as its crossover-like look would suggest … The C-MAX does offer Ford's trick automatic tailgate, however, which operates by a sweep of the foot beneath the rear bumper." -- Left Lane News (2016) 

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