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2014 Ford CMAX

2014 Ford CMAX

For Sale @ Northway Ford (between Hamilton & Cambridge near Paris)

The 2014 Ford C-Max is something of a niche vehicle. As both a plug-in hybrid and a standard hybrid. Both build on the success the former gasoline powered C-Max achieved over previous years and both are dedicated family haulers in an ever-reducing market of role-specific consumer vehicles.

The design is familiar as one from the Ford global platform project as it carries very similar lines to other models such as the Fusion and Escape. The angled front with complicated headlight design, high roofline, sculpted sides, wheel arches and complex rear end are all part of that overall design theme.

It's a good theme, one that looks modern while also making many other brands look old fashioned. The 2014 Ford C-Max shows it off to its fullest.

Inside is much the same. It's all modern with chrome or black trim, soft touch materials, big windows and lots of light. The dashboard is well laid out and has a useful LCD information screen in the center. The stack is also well stocked with MyFord Touch and Sync as an option.

The seats are comfortable, the driving position commanding and head and legroom is plentiful. There are plenty of places to store things and all the seats in the rear fold down to offer cargo storage space. The hybrid battery packs compromise this space slightly, but there is still over 40 cubic feet of storage back there.

Engine-wise, the 2014 Ford C-Max is either a plug-in hybrid in the Ford C-Max Energi or hybrid in the Ford C-Max Hybrid. They both use a 2.0-liter gasoline engine producing 141 hp and 129 lb-ft of torque along with an electric motor. Combined power output is around 188 hp.

The Ford C-Max Energi uses a 7.6kWh motor. Electric-only range is around 20 miles and the batteries take around 2.5 hours to charge from a socket. The hybrid uses a 1.4kWh motor and has a similar range.

There are two main trim levels with the 2014 Ford C-Max, SE and SEL. The C-Max SE provides 17 inch alloy wheels, dual zone climate control, leather steering wheel, cruise control, power everything, Ford SYNC and a six-speaker CD system.

The SEL adds leather interior, power driver's seat, ambient interior lighting, keyless entry and ignition, reversing sensors and MyFord Touch.

The 2014 Ford C-Max is a solid performer that adds a little variety to the usual family hauler. The batteries take up a little cargo room but are otherwise unobtrusive. The ability to achieve higher gas mileage and even travel a short distance on electric power alone make this ideal for the school run or for driving further afield.

Visit Northway Ford Lincoln today and check out the 2014 Ford C-Max!

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