After a mild refresh last year that pulled the C-Max Hybrid’s upper grille out a bit and updated the center air inlet and fog light surrounds, the 2018 Ford C-Max Hybrid will carry on without any notable changes.
As a carryover model, we anticipate no visual separation between the 2017 and 2018 C-Max Hybrid. This means it’ll retain the updated grille from last year and its tall hatchback body that results in decent cargo room and plenty of space for passengers.
With no changes in store, we also see no reason for Ford to update its standard features. If this proves true, look for the 2018 C-Max to retain the 2017 model’s allotment of standard features, which includes 17-inch alloy wheels, automatic headlights, a rear spoiler, keyless entry, dual-zone auto climate control, a 10-way power driver’s seat, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, a 110-volt household-style plug, a six-speaker audio system, and more.
In the powertrain department, we expect much of the same from the 2018 C-Max. We expect it to continue with the same 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine and electric motor that deliver a combined 188 horsepower to the front wheels. The standard transmission in the C-Max will remain a continuously variable unit.
Safety is a bit of a struggle for the current C-Max, and this should remain true in 2018. In IIHS testing, the C-Max received only an “Acceptable” rating in the small-overlap test. In the remaining four crash tests, it received “Good” scores, but it does lack the all-important automatic-emergency braking.