Driving around Manhattan, the C-MAX had more than enough power to keep up with the speedy cab drivers and it was often hard to tell if it was driving in EV mode. Compared to the Prius, the switch between electric and gasoline powered modes was barely noticeable. It’s overall engine feel also felt stronger than the Prius and under full throttle, the C-MAX’s powertrain was devoid of the sounds we’ve come to expect from other hybrids.
Inside the C-MAX shines thanks to its great interior layout. Four passengers will fit comfortably and with the rear seat up, there’s just over 24 cubic feet of room for all of your stuff. Since the C-MAX is shorter than the Prius v, it’t not surprising that the Prius offers more cargo capacity. The only complaint as with all the new Fords is that all of the tech features may be a bit overwhelming for some. Simple functions like changing the music or adjusting the climate control aren’t always easy.
After over a decade it looks like Toyota has some serious competition thanks to the introduction of the Ford C-MAX and C-MAX Energi models. The C-MAX starts at $25,995, which is considerably lower than the starting price for the Prius v and don’t forget that the C-MAX is not only more powerful than the Prius, but is also more fuel efficient.