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    Default Why would anyone NOT buy the energi model?

    I am not personally interested in buying a C-Max energi, but I was looking at the numbers and something occurred to me.

    C-Max Hybrid - $25,200
    C-Max Energi - $32,950

    The difference in the price tag is $7,750. But factor in the $3,750 tax credit and that brings the difference down to only $4,000. And from what I've heard, Ford is giving their own $5,000 incentives on these cars. Which means you could literally buy a C-Max Energi for less money and they are better equipped than the regular hybrid. Heck, even if I had no place to plug one in, I'd still want the Energi model.
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    But....but....umm...uh..it's a Ford.
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    Yup, it's a ford.....
    I bought a Volt because tru gm-volt.com, i followed the developement of the car everyday since. It buit my confidence and trust toward GM.
    When i learned that the Volt could travel 25 to 50 miles on a charge, i told myself that those numbers are honest.
    That transparency from GM inspired my confidence in the Volt and the boosted numers for the Leaf were inflated so much that now, i dont beleive their marketing numbers. As for Ford, would you beleive any numbers they give you? I dont.
    GM were very conservative in the AER while Nissan way overpromised with the Leaf.
    Ford followed the path of Nissan and cheated the buyers.
    I will buy from a seller i can trust, and both Nissan and Ford have failed at that game.
    I suspect many people share my vision of things.

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    21 mile range would cut my MPG from 240 to around only 100.... meaning I'd need to burn twice as much gas....

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    Quote Originally Posted by adric22 View Post
    I am not personally interested in buying a C-Max energi, but I was looking at the numbers and something occurred to me.

    C-Max Hybrid - $25,200
    C-Max Energi - $32,950
    It's to do with the compromises going the "Energi" route, when compared to the regular hybrid such as space (which is the main reason most buyers opt for the C-Max in the first place.)

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    I agree, seems like a no-brainer getting the Energi.

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    Well when I bought mine last spring, the energi was still few and far between (my local dealer won't carry them), no incentives (other than the fed tax), and it has much less cargo room than the hybrid. The latter was the specific reason along with a much larger passenger section that I gave up my volt for a CMax. If it were today? Yeah, I'd seriously consider the energi since I discovered that a hitch and cargo carrier can solve many capacity issues.

    Another thing: the energi only comes in the higher level SEL trim so the price diff is even closer if you compare it to the price of the hybrid SEL trim which starts at $28,365 vs energi @ $29,995 with all current incentives.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MrEnergyCzar View Post
    21 mile range would cut my MPG from 240 to around only 100.... meaning I'd need to burn twice as much gas....

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    Worse yet, those are FORD mileage estimates. If their 47 MPG turns into 38MPG real world driving, that means the 21 miles EV range of the Energi could be as little as 17 miles in real world driving!
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    Ford makes a great product and the Sync system blows way the lame infotainment in the Volt. Friend just bought the C-Max Hybrid and I have driven it, much roomier than the Volt and I like how in the C-Max, your much more upright in the seating position.
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    Sync is great when it works. I have three friends with Ford Sync (3 different vehicles from the last 2 years) and they're all experiencing numerous hangups and having to reboot the system by pulling over and restarting the car. It's a common occurrence, apparently.

    I agree though, Chevy could've done better with the infotainment, but given the other benefits of the Volt, i can live with it.

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