Review: 2015 Ford C-Max Hybrid

2015 Ford C-Max Hybrid

2015 Ford C-Max Hybrid

The reason why most people buy a hybrid is for the fuel economy by choosing the hybrid with the highest mpg they join the rest of the group which rave about having a hybrid. What about a hybrid from Ford, more than just a hybrid it is also considered an enjoyable ride which the 2015 Ford C-Max Hybrid SEL is touted to be partly because of its the high mpg. Having both a gasoline engine and an electric motor the C-Max SEL has a 2.0 liter 4-cylinder engine and a strong electric motor with an incredible 188 horsepower with a combined estimation of 40 mpg which is only the beginning of the great features this vehicle has to offer. You get a vehicle with great handling abilities and a unique interior that separates it from other hybrids offered by competitors.

Standard Equipment

The 2015 Ford C-Max Hybrid SEL is a five seat passenger 4-door hatch back wagon the price for this vehicle will be slated for the U.S. market at an MSRP starting at $31, 635, Fords plug-in hybrid version named the C-Max Energi has not yet been priced. Now the standard features for this hybrid are as follows: 17 inch wheels, automatic front headlights with fog-lights, automatic windshield wipers, heated mirrors, blind-spot mirrors, keyless ignition, automatic climate control(s), eight-way power seat with a two-way lumbar adjustment (great comfort and back support system), height adjusting seat(s), heated front seats, folding rear seat, multicolor lighting inside, and to top it all off rich leather upholstery.

Electronic Features

The exciting electronic features include: a Bluetooth phone, extra audio connection(s), Fords Sync voice command system, satellite radio, smart-phone apps, a six speaker dynamic sound system with a CD player, iPod connectivity and USB ports that all work in with the My-Ford Touch interface system that uses a touch screen display.

Engine Information and Specs

The new Ford C-Max Hybrid SEL wagon runs on a 2.0-liter four cylinder fuel engine which offers 141 horsepower and 129 lbs of torque. Equipped with an electric motor which is powered by a lithium-ion battery in combination can manufacture up to 188 horsepower, this power is sent to the front wheels via a (CVT) continuously variable transmission. While the C-Max was testing performance with acceleration testing showed it can go from 0 to 60 in 8.1 seconds which in fact is 2 seconds faster than the Toyota Prius. The estimated EPA on fuel economy for the 2015 C-Max Hybrid SEL is 42 mpg city, 37 mpg highway or 40 mpg combined.

Also during brake testing the C-Max has the stopping capability from 60mph in 134 feet, which is average performance. Government crash tests for the 2015 Ford C-Max achieved four stars for overall testing for frontal and five stars for side protection; overall achieving an acceptable score for best possible protection.


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New Hybrid for Mitsubishi the Concept XR-PHEV

mitsubishi_concept_xr-phev_1Mitsubishi recently unveiled a new sporty hybrid aptly named the XR-PHEV Evolution Vision Gran Turismo this car debuted late this past year (2013) in Tokyo. The design or concept for this particular vehicle is said to have been inspired by a video game (Grand Turismo 6). Two groups were called upon by Mitsubishi one was a high development and design group and the second was an aerodynamic design group which were asked to help with the development of the vehicle for virtual space. This concept vehicle uses the plug-in hybrid EV Technology which is both a gasoline motor engine and an electric engine which powers all four wheels thru an eight-speed dual transmission, it is also equipped with an S-AWC vehicle control system that distributes power to all four wheels evenly. The cars body is made of carbon fiber reinforced plastics (CFRP) it also has front and rear diffusers.

 How to get the Car

You will need a PS3 and a copy of Grand Turismo 6. Once that is complete you can update your PS3 with update 1.08 then you will be able to purchase the vehicle in the Vision GT section or win it by completing one lap in this seasonal event. Check out my You Tube Link where you can see how Mitsubishi brought this vehicle design together.