The Ford C-Max Isn't As Dorky As It Looks

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Well, it's still a little dorky, but in a good way.

This is one of those cars that not enough people know about but should. The 2017 Ford C-Max Hybrid may not look like all that much from the outside, but step inside and you'll better understand it for what it really is - a raised and slightly more spacious Focus hatchback. Our C-Max Hybrid tester came powered by a 2.0-liter inline-four paired to two electric motors for a combined output of 190 hp, which is 54 more ponies than the Toyota Prius. Power is sent to the front wheels through a CVT. We know. Boring, right?

Only to a certain point, because here's the thing: the C-Max Hybrid is one of the best family vehicles on the market today. Not everyone needs a larger minivan or wants a crossover. In many ways, the C-Max Hybrid could be a good solution for those who are looking to replace their Mazda5 MPV.

The C-Max Hybrid has a premium interior feel, smooth ride and, most importantly, is more fun to drive than a Prius. We were also pleasantly surprised to see that it can drive in electric-only mode for up to 62 mph. Is the C-Max Hybrid kind of dorky? A bit, perhaps, but we happen to think it doesn't receive the amount of attention it deserves. Special thanks to Future Ford of Sacramento for letting us film the car.

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