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Old 11-19-2014, 07:44 AM
 
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According to autotrader, there are a lot of 2013 Ford C-Max's that have not sold yet. Now that it is almost 2015, would it worry you to buy a hybrid that has sat for at least a year? You would get the full warranty--but would it be better to get a low mileage used 2013 with less warranty left?
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Old 11-19-2014, 07:48 AM
 
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Hybrid batteries are designed to deep cycle, so sitting shouldn't present a problem unless the battery was discharged to the point that it could have frozen in cold temperatures. The bigger issue is that the Ford hybrids just don't have a very good reliability record at this point. I would not buy any Ford hybrid for that reason alone. By contrast, the Toyota system is rock-solid reliable. If you want a hybrid, buy a Toyota. Those 2013 Ford hybrids are sitting unsold for a reason.
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Old 11-19-2014, 10:03 AM
 
Location: Connecticut
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I looked at a few 2013 C-Max hybrids a few months ago and came within an hour of buying one but backed out at the last minute after reading the reliability ratings. The one I looked at would not start from sitting. The hybrid battery was fine with the 12V battery was dead. Hybrids have systems that are constantly running and checking on things in the car. If they aren't run regularly the 12V will die and the hybrid battery cannot be used to start the car either.

The C-Max is an okay vehicle. Ford hybrids in general aren't necessarily unreliable, but there are better reliability options. My mom has a 2007 Escape Hybrid with 90,000 miles on it and never had an issue with the drive-train.

If you can get a really good deal, and by really good I mean under $20000 for a decently equipped SE and 0% for 72 months it might be worth it for you.
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Old 11-19-2014, 01:49 PM
 
Location: San Diego, CA
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I'm a big fan of both the Prius and the C-Max. We ended up with a C-Max Energi, it fit our wants and needs better than the Prius. The Ford had a much quieter ride and the interior was much more civilized in my opinion. I'm tall and I have great headroom even in the passenger seat. The only issue we have had was a recall for a software programming update. Anecdotally we traded in a 12 Fusion hybrid that never gave us a lick of trouble.
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Old 11-19-2014, 03:24 PM
 
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I'm a big fan of both the Prius and the C-Max. We ended up with a C-Max Energi, it fit our wants and needs better than the Prius. The Ford had a much quieter ride and the interior was much more civilized in my opinion. I'm tall and I have great headroom even in the passenger seat. The only issue we have had was a recall for a software programming update. Anecdotally we traded in a 12 Fusion hybrid that never gave us a lick of trouble.
How does the 2012 fusion compare with the Cmax energi? Comfort, how it drives, usable cargo space?
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Old 11-20-2014, 09:41 AM
 
Location: North of Boston
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I wouldn't have any qualms with buying a 2013 leftover, just make sure you are getting a sufficient discount to make it worth buying what will be a 2-year old vehicle. Also make sure the dealer applies all of the software updates and TSBs that have come out since this vehicle was manufactured.

I am very happy with my 2014 Ford Fusion Hybrid, which has the same powertrain. In 5 months and 7000+ miles of driving I am averaging right at 40 MPG.
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Old 11-20-2014, 12:47 PM
 
Location: San Diego, CA
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How does the 2012 fusion compare with the Cmax energi? Comfort, how it drives, usable cargo space?
2012 Fusion
Regular hybrid.... we averaged 34mpg.
Larger car, much more trunk space
Old body style, new car in 2013
Very nice ride, good interior quality
limited headroom with moonroof

2014 C-Max energi
plug-in hybrid, 22mile range on all electric
5 passenger but very limited cargo space
Firmer more european ride
tons of headroom
very economical, we are on our 2nd tank of gas and have 3200 miles on the car
40ish mpg in regular hybrid mode
Has a strangely wide turning radius
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Old 11-20-2014, 02:45 PM
 
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2012 Fusion
Regular hybrid.... we averaged 34mpg.
Larger car, much more trunk space
Old body style, new car in 2013
Very nice ride, good interior quality
limited headroom with moonroof

2014 C-Max energi
plug-in hybrid, 22mile range on all electric
5 passenger but very limited cargo space
Firmer more european ride
tons of headroom
very economical, we are on our 2nd tank of gas and have 3200 miles on the car
40ish mpg in regular hybrid mode
Has a strangely wide turning radius
Thanks...Well, the wide turning radius thing is a disappointment, especially for what looks to be a car designed for the city. We have a regular 4cyl 2012 Fusion SEL, and we are not very tall (and we like it)--maybe we should just get a low mileage previous generation Hybrid Fusion or MKZ-- I know the current generation is prettier, but the new ones with blind spot detection are pricey. (I heard that visibility is pretty good for the C-Max, so I was hoping blind-spot detection would be less of an issue for it). I would consider the Prius, but I don't find the seats very comfortable.
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Old 11-20-2014, 04:34 PM
 
Location: San Diego, CA
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Viz on the C-Max is outstanding, no need for blind spot monitors. Besides having a big greenhouse it has side mirrors with a blind spot mirror built in. We had blind spot monitors on the fusion and they worked quite well though I'm to old to trust them, usually did a quick head turn anyway.

Turning radius not a deal killer.... just find it odd.
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Old 11-20-2014, 09:46 PM
 
Location: San Antonio
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I would have a problem buying ANY Ford.
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