Great little work vehicle
June 8, 2018
I bought this used to replace my 1999 Tahoe that was near 300,000 miles. I need a decent amount of storage space for hauling tools & equipment around & the C-Max has proven adequate for most jobs. Factoring car payment in with fuel savings, this car only costs me about $70 a month more than the Tahoe, but it's much easier to bump around town. The seats took some getting used to, but are comfortable enough, though nothing like the overstuffed leather recliners the Tahoe offered. The only other downside is that the turning radius is pretty pathetic. I looked up the published specs & the Tahoe actually has a smaller turning radius. On the upside, I've more than doubled my gas mileage, even while lugging around a couple hundred pounds of stuff everyday & having a fairly heavy right foot. I also like that I have most of the newest safety systems available. Handling & braking are very responsive, thanks to the Focus underpinnings. I haven't had it long enough to comment on reliability, but other than the early production gremlins of the 2013 model, I haven't found any reason to doubt it will be a good vehicle for a long time. The exterior looks are plain, which is fine with me. The SLE package makes the inside a genuinely nice place to be. I've driven quite a few Priuses in the past (never owned one) & while there's no doubt that car gets better mileage, the C-Max is a superior vehicle in every other way; better interior, more power, better handling, etc. All in all, I'm looking forward to putting 2 or 3 hundred thousand miles on this car.