Jones Ford Buckeye Compares 2017 Ford C-MAX Hybrid VS 2017 Toyota Avalon Near Goodyear, AZ

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2017 Ford C-MAX Hybrid

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2017 Toyota Avalon

Safety Comparison

Both the C-MAX Hybrid and the Avalon Hybrid 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, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available collision warning systems, blind spot warning systems, rear parking sensors and rear cross-path warning.

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 Avalon Hybrid:

 

C-MAX Hybrid

Avalon Hybrid

 

Driver

STARS

4 Stars

4 Stars

Leg Forces (l/r)

328/316 lbs.

492/592 lbs.

 

Passenger

STARS

4 Stars

4 Stars

Chest Compression

.4 inches

.5 inches

Neck Stress

182 lbs.

188 lbs.

Neck Compression

71 lbs.

108 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

515/270 lbs.

467/455 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 Avalon Hybrid:

 

C-MAX Hybrid

Avalon Hybrid

 

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

105

178

Abdominal Force

207 G’s

227 G’s

 

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Max Damage Depth

14 inches

15 inches

HIC

247

365

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.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the C-MAX Hybrid gets better fuel mileage than the Avalon Hybrid (42 city/38 hwy vs. 40 city/39 hwy).

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 Avalon Hybrid doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the C-MAX Hybrid has larger tires than the Avalon Hybrid (225/50R17 vs. 215/55R17).

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 Avalon Hybrid’s standard 55 series tires.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

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

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 Avalon Hybrid doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

The C-MAX Hybrid’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (57.4% to 42.6%) than the Avalon Hybrid’s (59.2% to 40.8%). This gives the C-MAX Hybrid more stable handling and braking.

For better maneuverability, the C-MAX Hybrid’s turning circle is 1 foot tighter than the Avalon Hybrid’s (39 feet vs. 40 feet).

Chassis Comparison

The C-MAX Hybrid is 1 foot, 9.9 inches shorter than the Avalon Hybrid, making the C-MAX Hybrid easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space Comparison

Because it has more passenger and cargo room, the C-MAX Hybrid is rated a Large car by the EPA, while the Avalon Hybrid is rated a Mid-size.

The C-MAX Hybrid has 3.4 inches more front headroom, 1 inch more front legroom and 1.5 inches more rear headroom than the Avalon Hybrid.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The C-MAX Hybrid with its rear seat up has a much larger cargo area than the Avalon Hybrid (24.5 vs. 14 cubic feet).

The C-MAX Hybrid’s standard rear seats fold to accommodate long and bulky cargo. The Avalon Hybrid doesn’t offer folding rear seats, only a ski pass-through.

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 Titanium, by just kicking your foot under the back bumper, completely leaving your hands free. The Avalon Hybrid doesn’t offer a power trunk.

Ergonomics Comparison

The C-MAX Hybrid Titanium has a standard remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The climate system will also automatically heat or cool the interior. The Avalon Hybrid doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

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 Avalon Hybrid can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

In case you lock your keys in your vehicle, or don’t have them with you, you can let yourself in using the C-MAX Hybrid’s available exterior PIN entry system. The Avalon Hybrid doesn’t offer an exterior PIN entry system.

To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the C-MAX Hybrid has a standard rear wiper. The Avalon Hybrid doesn’t offer a rear wiper.

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 Avalon Hybrid doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

The C-MAX Hybrid Titanium’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 Avalon Hybrid doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Economic Advantages Comparison

Insurance will cost less for the C-MAX Hybrid owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the C-MAX Hybrid will cost $600 to $1740 less than the Avalon Hybrid over a five-year period.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Ford C-MAX Hybrid will be $8132 to $10494 less than for the Toyota Avalon Hybrid.

Recommendations Comparison

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

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