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Old 10-10-2012, 07:24 PM   #91
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Here are a couple of pictures from my phone. So far so good with the C-Max. For someone that is 6'5" with a 36" inseam, the C-Max is extremely comfortable to drive and be a passenger. It is a more upright seating position than the Focus, but not quite a CUV. It also has less of a cockpit feel than most of the newer Ford vehicles.

As I have become more used to car, I have been better at keeping the C-Max in EV mode. I am looking forward to the car recognizing my usual destinations so it will go into EV+ mode, which allows you to use more battery close to home or frequent destinations. The hybrid driving screens are one of the best features of the C-Max. I wish our Focus had at least a full color LCD between the tachometer and speedometer.

My mileage keeps climbing. I have a 20 mile commute that includes both service street and highway. On cruise control, at 72 mph, my commute has been averaging the EPA tested 47 MPG. Hopefully I can get 500 miles a tank.
You'll definitely get 500 to the tank. When I had mine (Jun-Aug), I constantly got 500+ miles out all my fill ups.
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Old 10-10-2012, 08:46 PM   #92
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My math says I should get closer to 600 than 500 miles per tank.
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Old 10-30-2012, 09:24 PM   #93
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Here are a couple of pictures from my phone. So far so good with the C-Max. For someone that is 6'5" with a 36" inseam, the C-Max is extremely comfortable to drive and be a passenger. It is a more upright seating position than the Focus, but not quite a CUV. It also has less of a cockpit feel than most of the newer Ford vehicles.

As I have become more used to car, I have been better at keeping the C-Max in EV mode. I am looking forward to the car recognizing my usual destinations so it will go into EV+ mode, which allows you to use more battery close to home or frequent destinations. The hybrid driving screens are one of the best features of the C-Max. I wish our Focus had at least a full color LCD between the tachometer and speedometer.

My mileage keeps climbing. I have a 20 mile commute that includes both service street and highway. On cruise control, at 72 mph, my commute has been averaging the EPA tested 47 MPG. Hopefully I can get 500 miles a tank.




How has your C-Max been doing?
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Old 11-02-2012, 12:19 PM   #94
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So far I really like the C-Max. It may be the best car I have owned. Did you have any specific questions?

I am getting 40 MPG on the freeway and around 50 MPG on surface streets. Some short trips around town have been over 50 MPG. My twelve mile commute down Woodward Ave, to Wayne State University, for grad school usually nets around 55 MPG.
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I am getting 40 MPG on the freeway and around 50 MPG on surface streets. Some short trips around town have been over 50 MPG. My twelve mile commute down Woodward Ave, to Wayne State University, for grad school usually nets around 55 MPG.
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I only have one fuel consumption complaint. On cold mornings, it takes a few minutes for the battery system to comepletely fire up. The battery has the ability to recharge through driving and brake regeneration, but it can't get into full EV mode until the system is warm. This leaves a lot of electric miles on the table in Michigan. I live 1-2 miles from the freeway ramp, and I would like to be in full EV during that period.

I doubt this will be a problem with the C-Max Energi. Charging the batteries or having the car plugged in should keep the system warm.

Two other things I noticed:

1) The only scheduled maintenance under 120K miles is oil changes and filter replacements. Oil changes at 10K Miles.

2) The C-Max Energi only has oil changes at 20K miles. Even less maintenance is required. It also has a system on it that keeps oil, even if it hasn't been used in months, from sludging up.
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Did you have any specific questions?
In 3000 words or less, please compare and contrast the Focus and C-Max expounding on the vehicular performance uniformities and differences.

Well, not completely joking. You're in a unique position since you own both a Ti and a C and can easily compare the two.

How is the handling of the C-Max compared to the Focus?

Is there anything you like on the Focus better than the C ?

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The C-Max is a very good handling car. However, the Focus might be the best handling FWD vehicle available in the US. Because the C-Max weighs 600 lbs more and is 12" taller than the Focus hatchback, it isn't as fun to drive. It also rides softer than the Focus Titanium.

I find the Focus Titanium to be almost the ideal balance between sportiness and comfort. It does great on twisty roads and is a nearly perfect daily driver. It is fun to rev the engine, and the DCT is great for spirited driving.

I do find the interiors of the two cars to be on the same level. The C-Max is more Escape than Focus interior wise, but still similar. I miss having a real tachometer, but it is pointless in a hybrid. The best way to describe the C-Max is a cross between a Focus and Escape. It allows me to not own an SUV/CUV for at least 3-5 more years. Hopefully there is a Grand C-Max or S-Max in the US by then.
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Thanks bball !!!

Do you have the handling package on your Ti?
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Old 11-04-2012, 06:55 AM   #100
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