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2012 Ford C-MAX

The 2012 Ford C-MAX is the latest addition to the company's product lineup. Sold in several worldwide markets as the Grand C-MAX, this midsize car is similar in concept to the Mazda 5. C-MAX seats 5 passengers and has 4 traditional doors. Trim levels have not been announced, but we know this vehicle will come solely as a gas/electric hybrid. We expect it to have the same powertrain as the Ford Escape Hybrid. It would pair a 155-horsepower 2.5-liter gasoline 4-cylinder engine with a battery-powered electric motor. The C-MAX will be able to run on one or both of its power sources to balance acceleration and fuel economy, and no plug-in charging will be required. A plug-in version, called the C-MAX Energi, is slated to go into production, likely for the 2013 model year. The sole transmission will likely be a continuously variable unit (CVT) that behaves much like an automatic. Safety features include, ABS, traction control, antiskid system, curtain-side airbags, and front-side airbags. Unique to the C-MAX is a hands-free tailgate, which employs a sensor under the rear bumper. With the key fob in pocket or purse, drivers can swipe their legs under the bumper to open the tailgate. Other available features include a navigation system, dual-zone automatic climate control, and a panoramic sunroof. We have not yet tested the 2012 Ford C-MAX.

Our road test for the 2012 Ford C-MAX includes a full evaluation of the 2012 Ford C-MAX from the inside out. We evaluate not only engine and handling performance for the 2012 Ford C-MAX, but also interior cabin and cargo space. Let our comprehensive road test ratings for the 2012 Ford C-MAX help you decide if a 2012 Ford C-MAX is right for you.


Specs and safety for the 2012 Ford C-MAX include detailed information on everything from fuel mileage to seating capacity. NHTSA crash-test scores for the 2012 Ford C-MAX are provided as well as manufacturer warranty information.


Vehicle crash test information not available at this time.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) tests a vehicle's worthiness in front- and side-impact collisions and rates its resistance to rollovers. Front-impact crash-test numbers indicate the chance of serious injury: 5 = 10% or less; 4 = 10-20%; 3 = 20-35%; 2 = 35-45%; 1 = More than 45%. Sideimpact crash-test numbers indicate: 5 = 5% or less; 4 = 6-10%; 3 = 11-20%; 2 = 21-25%; 1 = More than 26%. Rollover resistance numbers indicate the chance for rollover when the vehicle leaves the roadway: 5 = Less than 10%; 4 = 10-20%; 3 = 20-30%; 2 = 30-40%; 1 = More than 40%.

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