Ever notice how certain vehicles seem to conjure up a mental image? Sometimes it’s what we would like to do with that vehicle or where we think that particular model would best fit. We recently made a list of the Ford vehicles, and places we would like to drive them where they would fit in extremely well, and we decided to bring those stories to life, starting with the Ford C-MAX Energi plug-in hybrid in Los Angeles. We set out to experience the City of Angels and see just how well the C-MAX Energi fit this environment.
While the C-MAX Energi is a smart choice for just about anywhere, the combination of a smaller exterior size paired with seating for five and cargo room is particularly handy in the crowded and busy city of Los Angeles. Many of the parking places around Los Angeles are labeled Compact Only, making a svelte car a bonus. Whether you’re carpooling to work or heading to the beach with friends, you and your passengers can be comfortable and have room for your gear.
The state of California—and Los Angeles in particular—has a plethora of electric charging stations in public and private locations. This makes it easier to recharge or top off the 7.6 kw lithium-ion battery in the C-MAX Energi, allowing for extended battery range. You can download the MyFord® Mobile app so you can easily find charging stations, monitor the recharging of the C-MAX Energi and more. Of course, in the stop-and-go traffic, you also recharge the battery with the Regenerative Braking System. The 2.0L gas engine teamed with an electronically controlled continuously variable transmission will take over and provide driving power when needed.
Beyond the specific advantages of the overall size, passenger capability and plug-in hybrid system of the C-MAX Energi, there are quite a few options that can be in quite handy in Los Angeles. Street parking is at a premium, and the available active park assist makes it easier to navigate the C-MAX Energi into parallel parking spaces.* If you have your hands full, the available foot-activated liftgate will be highly treasured. With the key in your pocket or purse, you simply kick your foot under the rear bumper and the power liftgate automatically opens. The Reverse Sensing System is also extremely valuable in crowded situations, giving you a rear view camera display on the SYNC® touch screen and warning beeps as you get close to objects.* These technologies are also available on several other Ford models; see ford.com for more information.
The C-MAX Energi is more than just a logical car, though. The driving experience is just as pleasurable along Mulholland Drive as it is on I-405. Transitioning from the daily commute to weekend jaunts to Malibu or the Santa Monica Mountains is seamless. The exterior is a striking combination of modern Ford design language and details that set the C-MAX Energi apart in a crowd.
Let us know what you think by leaving a comment below! What city do you think best fits the C-MAX Energi? And what Ford vehicle and locale do you want us to pair up next?
*Driver-assist features are supplemental and do not replace the driver’s judgment.