Driving the 2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid was a great experience. It was nice, comfortable and unassuming. I must say however that I fully appreciated driving the C-Max only after I returned it.
I ventured back to my mid sized three year old sedan and fell out of love. It seemed so much louder, so much bumpier, so much unlike the C-Max. No heated seats to keep me toasty warm during the many snow storms, no Sirius XM radio and no panoramic sun roof to keep the kids entertained while I drove.
I’ve spoken about Active Park Assist, the hands-free lift-gate and Ford Sync here so I won’t go on about how much I love them, just that I do.
For a small car, the C-Max packed a big punch. Kind of like a 5ft 2” old lady who happens to be a kickboxing champion. It was wonderfully silent even on the highway; smooth driving, comfortable and powerful.
The fact that this smooth driving vehicle was a hybrid was like eating your favorite cheesecake and finding out it’s fat free with zero calories. Highly unlikely but you get the sentiment.
I loved how every time I pressed the brakes, the car battery recharged. It’s that sort of attention to detail I’m loving more and more about Ford. They understand the customer experience.
The steering wheel controlled call answer button was a little moody on the vehicle I drove, but that was likely an isolated case. I had made thorough use of it when I tested the Escape a little while ago.
I used the vehicle’s rear-view camera in an unconventional way to save myself from what could have been an otherwise dangerous situation.
I live in Montreal and we see our share of snow, to say the least. The majority of this season has seen 4-6 foot snowbanks along side streets so driving around has been a little tricky. I was in the car with my daughter one afternoon, returning home from running errands. As I pulled onto our street I saw that the snow removal truck we contracted to clean our driveway for the season was just down our road so I waited for it to clear the 20 cm’s of snow off my driveway. While I was parked right at the corner of my street, the massive city plow turned the corner. I saw something coming but couldn’t make out that it was the city plow from my rearview mirror alone due to the snowbanks, flurries and angle.
I shifted the car into reverse and used the rearview camera to check how close the truck was from the car. It was less than a foot away. While it fortunately stopped when it saw me, I didn’t want to stick around. I took off around the block and returned home to a clear driveway.
Since I returned the car, I miss the rearview camera every time I back up. It’s a great feature to have.
Overall, I enjoyed my time with the C-Max. It was unexpectedly luxurious, comfortable and smooth on the road. I’d say you should check it out for yourself. Have you driven a Ford lately?
DISCLOSURE: Please note this review is not sponsored. I was provided a vehicle to test drive by Ford, all views are my own.
Please note pictures, scarves and accessories are courtesy of Suhaila Niazi, Creative Lead at Al Shakour.