Jones Ford Verde Valley Compares 2014 Ford C-MAX Hybrid VS 2014 Toyota Prius Near Verde Valley, AZ

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2014 Ford C-MAX Hybrid

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2014 Toyota Prius

Safety Comparison

The C-MAX Hybrid’s blind spot mirrors use wide-angle convex mirrors mounted in the corner of each side view mirror to reveal objects that may be in the driver’s blind spots. The Prius doesn’t offer a system to reveal objects in the driver’s blind spots.

Both the C-MAX Hybrid and the Prius have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front-wheel drive, height-adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, traction control and electronic stability systems to prevent skidding.

The Ford C-MAX Hybrid weighs 565 pounds more than the Toyota Prius. The NHTSA advises that heavier cars are much safer in collisions than their significantly lighter counterparts. Lighter cars are also affected more by crosswinds.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does 35 MPH front crash tests on new vehicles. In this test, results indicate that the Ford C-MAX Hybrid is safer than the Toyota Prius:

C-MAX Hybrid

Prius

Driver

STARS

4 Stars

4 Stars

HIC

184

203

Neck Compression

19 lbs.

33 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

328/316 lbs.

572/664 lbs.

Passenger

STARS

4 Stars

4 Stars

HIC

308

336

Chest Compression

.4 inches

.4 inches

Neck Stress

182 lbs.

225 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

515/270 lbs.

577/356 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does side impact tests on new vehicles. In this test, which crashes the vehicle into a flat barrier at 38.5 MPH and into a post at 20 MPH, results indicate that the Ford C-MAX Hybrid is safer than the Toyota Prius:

C-MAX Hybrid

Prius

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

105

152

Hip Force

356 lbs.

491 lbs.

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

259

270

Spine Acceleration

56 G’s

62 G’s

Hip Force

814 lbs.

913 lbs.

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

HIC

247

343

Spine Acceleration

39 G’s

56 G’s

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

Warranty Comparison

There are over 3 times as many Ford dealers as there are Toyota dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the C-MAX Hybrid’s warranty.

Engine Comparison

The C-MAX Hybrid’s 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl. hybrid produces 54 more horsepower (188 vs. 134) than the Prius’ 1.8 DOHC 4 cyl. hybrid.

As tested in Motor Trend the Ford C-MAX Hybrid is faster than the Toyota Prius:

C-MAX Hybrid

Prius

Zero to 60 MPH

8.1 sec

10.6 sec

Quarter Mile

16.2 sec

17.9 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

88.3 MPH

77.7 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

The C-MAX Hybrid has 1.6 gallons more fuel capacity than the Prius (13.5 vs. 11.9 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

The C-MAX Hybrid has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The Prius doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

For better stopping power the C-MAX Hybrid’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Prius:

C-MAX Hybrid

Prius

Front Rotors

10.9 inches

10 inches

Rear Rotors

11 inches

10.2 inches

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the C-MAX Hybrid has larger tires than the Prius (225/55R17 vs. 195/65R15). The C-MAX Hybrid’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Prius (225/55R17 vs. 215/45R17).

The C-MAX Hybrid’s tires provide better handling because they have a lower 55 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Prius’ standard 65 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the C-MAX Hybrid has standard 17-inch wheels. Smaller 15-inch wheels are standard on the Prius.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

For superior ride and handling, the Ford C-MAX Hybrid has fully independent front and rear suspensions. An independent suspension allows the wheels to follow the road at the best angle for gripping the pavement, without compromising ride comfort. The Toyota Prius has a rear torsion beam axle, with a semi-independent rear suspension.

The C-MAX Hybrid has standard front and rear gas-charged shocks for better control over choppy roads. The Prius’ suspension doesn’t offer gas-charged shocks.

The C-MAX Hybrid has standard front and rear stabilizer bars, which help keep the C-MAX Hybrid flat and controlled during cornering. The Prius’ suspension doesn’t offer a rear stabilizer bar.

The C-MAX Hybrid’s drift compensation steering can automatically compensate for road conditions which would cause the vehicle to drift from side to side, helping the driver to keep the vehicle straight more easily. The Prius doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

Passenger Space Comparison

The C-MAX Hybrid has 6 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Prius (99.7 vs. 93.7).

The C-MAX Hybrid has 2.4 inches more front headroom, .6 inches more front legroom, 1.6 inches more front hip room, 1 inch more front shoulder room, 1.8 inches more rear headroom, .5 inches more rear legroom, .7 inches more rear hip room and 2.1 inches more rear shoulder room than the Prius.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The C-MAX Hybrid has a larger cargo area with its rear seat up than the Prius (24.5 vs. 21.6 cubic feet).

To make loading and unloading groceries and cargo easier, especially for short adults or children, the C-MAX Hybrid offers an optional power rear liftgate, which opens and closes automatically by pressing a button or, optionally on the C-MAX Hybrid SEL, by just kicking your foot under the back bumper, completely leaving your hands free. The Prius doesn’t offer a power liftgate.

Ergonomics Comparison

The power windows standard on both the C-MAX Hybrid and the Prius have locks to prevent small children from operating them. When the lock on the C-MAX Hybrid is engaged the driver can still operate all of the windows, for instance to close one opened by a child. The Prius prevents the driver from operating the other windows just as it does the other passengers.

On a hot day the C-MAX Hybrid’s driver can lower all the windows using the key in the outside lock cylinder or the keyless remote. The driver of the Prius can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

The C-MAX Hybrid SEL’s standard wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically according to the amount of rainfall on the windshield. The Prius’ manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

The C-MAX Hybrid has a standard automatic headlight on/off feature. When the ignition is on, the headlights automatically turn on at dusk and off after dawn. When the ignition turns off, the headlights turn off after a delay timed to allow you to securely get to your front door. The Prius only offers an automatic headlight on/off feature as an extra cost option.

The C-MAX Hybrid’s power mirror controls are mounted on the armrest for easy access. The Prius’ power mirror controls are on the dash, hidden behind the steering wheel, where they are awkward to manipulate.

The C-MAX Hybrid’s standard dual zone air conditioning allows the driver and front passenger to choose two completely different temperatures so people with different temperature preferences won’t have to compromise. This makes both the driver and front passenger as comfortable as possible. The Prius doesn’t offer dual zone air conditioning.

Both the C-MAX Hybrid and the Prius offer rear vents. For greater rear passenger comfort, the C-MAX Hybrid has standard rear air conditioning vents to keep rear occupants cool in summer or warm in winter. The Prius doesn’t offer rear air conditioning vents, only heat vents.

The C-MAX Hybrid has a 115 volt a/c outlet, allowing you to recharge a laptop or run small household appliances without special adapters which can break or get misplaced. The Prius doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

The C-MAX Hybrid SEL’s optional Active Park Assist can parallel park or back into a parking spot by itself, with the driver only controlling speed with the brake pedal. The Prius doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Economic Advantages Comparison

The C-MAX Hybrid will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. Kiplinger’s estimates that the C-MAX Hybrid will retain a greater percentage of its original price after three and five years than the Prius.

C-MAX Hybrid

Prius

Five Year

44%

39%

Three Year

61%

50%

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the C-MAX Hybrid is less expensive to operate than the Prius because typical repairs cost much less on the C-MAX Hybrid than the Prius, including $14 less for an alternator, $148 less for fuel injection, $152 less for a fuel pump, $95 less for front struts, $772 less for a timing belt/chain and $59 less for a power steering pump.

Recommendations Comparison

Both the Ford C-MAX Hybrid and Toyota Prius won four awards in Kiplinger’s 2013 car issue.

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