Jones Ford Buckeye Compares 2016 Ford C-MAX Hybrid VS 2016 Toyota Prius Near Peoria, AZ

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2016 Ford C-MAX Hybrid

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2016 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 v doesn’t offer a system to reveal objects in the driver’s blind spots.

Both the C-MAX Hybrid and the Prius v 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, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding and available rearview cameras.

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 v:

C-MAX Hybrid

Prius v

Driver

STARS

4 Stars

4 Stars

HIC

184

208

Neck Stress

388 lbs.

407 lbs.

Neck Compression

19 lbs.

26 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

328/316 lbs.

509/624 lbs.

Passenger

STARS

4 Stars

4 Stars

Chest Compression

.4 inches

.7 inches

Neck Stress

182 lbs.

219 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

515/270 lbs.

562/549 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 v:

C-MAX Hybrid

Prius v

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

105

123

Abdominal Force

207 G’s

207 G’s

Hip Force

356 lbs.

481 lbs.

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

Max Damage Depth

14 inches

17 inches

HIC

247

448

Spine Acceleration

39 G’s

45 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 v’s 1.8 DOHC 4 cyl. hybrid.

As tested in Consumer Reports the Ford C-MAX Hybrid is faster than the Toyota Prius v:

C-MAX Hybrid

Prius v

Zero to 30 MPH

3.4 sec

3.7 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

8.4 sec

10.7 sec

45 to 65 MPH Passing

5.1 sec

6.7 sec

Quarter Mile

16.6 sec

18.1 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

89 MPH

78 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

The C-MAX Hybrid has 1.6 gallons more fuel capacity than the Prius v (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 v doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

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

C-MAX Hybrid

Prius v

Front Rotors

10.94 inches

10.8 inches

The C-MAX Hybrid stops shorter than the Prius v:

C-MAX Hybrid

Prius v

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

150 feet

151 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the C-MAX Hybrid has larger tires than the Prius v (225/50R17 vs. 205/60R16). The C-MAX Hybrid’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Prius v (225/50R17 vs. 215/50R17).

The C-MAX Hybrid’s tires provide better handling because they have a lower 50 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Prius v’s standard 60 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the C-MAX Hybrid has standard 17-inch wheels. Smaller 16-inch wheels are standard on the Prius v.

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 v 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 v’s 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 v’s 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 v doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

The C-MAX Hybrid SEL executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the Prius v (29.4 seconds @ .55 average G’s vs. 29.8 seconds @ .52 average G’s).

Chassis Comparison

The C-MAX Hybrid is 8.7 inches shorter than the Prius v Two, making the C-MAX Hybrid easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space Comparison

The C-MAX Hybrid has 2.5 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Prius v (99.7 vs. 97.2).

The C-MAX Hybrid has 1.4 inches more front headroom, .8 inches more front hip room, .8 inches more rear headroom and .6 inches more rear legroom than the Prius v.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

To make loading and unloading groceries and cargo easier, especially for short adults or children, the C-MAX Hybrid offers an optional power trunk, 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 v doesn’t offer a power trunk.

Ergonomics Comparison

The power windows standard on both the C-MAX Hybrid and the Prius v 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 v 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 from a distance using the keyless remote. The driver of the Prius v 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 v’s 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 v has an automatic headlight on/off feature standard only on the Three/Four/Five.

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 v doesn’t offer dual zone air conditioning.

Both the C-MAX Hybrid and the Prius v 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 v 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 that can break or get misplaced. The Prius v doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

Economic Advantages Comparison

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the C-MAX Hybrid is less expensive to operate than the Prius v because typical repairs cost much less on the C-MAX Hybrid than the Prius v, including $316 less for a water pump, $20 less for front brake pads, $152 less for fuel injection, $52 less for front struts, $1041 less for a timing belt/chain and $127 less for a power steering pump.

Recommendations Comparison

Consumer Reports® recommends both the Ford C-MAX Hybrid and the Toyota Prius v, based on reliability, safety and performance.

Motor Trend performed a comparison test in its April 2013 issue and the Ford C-MAX Hybrid SEL won out over the Toyota Prius v.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the C-MAX Hybrid first among compact MPVs in owner reported satisfaction. This includes how well the vehicle performs and satisfies its owner’s expectations. The Prius v isn’t in the top three.

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