North Georgia Ford Compares 2014 Ford C-MAX Hybrid VS 2014 Chevrolet Volt Near Ellijay, GA

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2014 Ford C-MAX Hybrid

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2014 Chevrolet Volt

Safety Comparison

For enhanced safety, the front seat shoulder belts of the Ford C-MAX Hybrid are height-adjustable to accommodate a wide variety of driver and passenger heights. A better fit can prevent injuries and the increased comfort also encourages passengers to buckle up. The Chevrolet Volt doesn’t offer height-adjustable front seat belts.

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

Compared to metal, the C-MAX Hybrid’s plastic fuel tank can withstand harder, more intrusive impacts without leaking; this decreases the possibility of fire. The Chevrolet Volt has a metal gas tank.

Both the C-MAX Hybrid and the Volt have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front-wheel drive, traction control and electronic stability systems to prevent skidding.

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 Chevrolet Volt:

C-MAX Hybrid

Volt

Passenger

STARS

4 Stars

4 Stars

HIC

308

381

Chest Compression

.4 inches

.4 inches

Neck Stress

182 lbs.

199 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, results indicate that the Ford C-MAX Hybrid is safer than the Chevrolet Volt:

C-MAX Hybrid

Volt

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Chest Movement

1 inches

1.1 inches

Abdominal Force

207 G’s

230 G’s

Hip Force

356 lbs.

499 lbs.

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

259

388

Spine Acceleration

56 G’s

70 G’s

Hip Force

814 lbs.

844 lbs.

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

Warranty Comparison

The C-MAX Hybrid’s corrosion warranty is unlimited miles longer than the Volt’s (unlimited vs. 100,000 miles).

Engine Comparison

The C-MAX Hybrid’s 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl. hybrid produces 39 more horsepower (188 vs. 149) than the Volt’s 1.4 DOHC 4 cyl. hybrid.

As tested in Consumer Reports the Ford C-MAX Hybrid is faster than the Chevrolet Volt:

C-MAX Hybrid

Volt

Zero to 60 MPH

8.4 sec

9.4 sec

45 to 65 MPH Passing

5.1 sec

5.5 sec

Quarter Mile

16.6 sec

17.3 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

89 MPH

80.6 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the C-MAX Hybrid gets better fuel mileage than the Volt running its gasoline engine (42 city/37 hwy vs. 35 city/40 hwy).

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Ford C-MAX Hybrid uses regular unleaded gasoline. The Volt requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

The C-MAX Hybrid has 4.2 gallons more fuel capacity than the Volt (13.5 vs. 9.3 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 Volt doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Tires and Wheels Comparison

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

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 Chevrolet Volt 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 Volt’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 Volt’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 Volt doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

Chassis Comparison

The C-MAX Hybrid is 3.5 inches shorter than the Volt, making the C-MAX Hybrid easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space Comparison

The C-MAX Hybrid has standard seating for 5 passengers; the Volt can only carry 4.

The C-MAX Hybrid has 9.4 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Volt (99.7 vs. 90.3).

The C-MAX Hybrid has 3.2 inches more front headroom, 1 inch more front legroom, .6 inches more front hip room, 3.4 inches more rear headroom, 2.4 inches more rear legroom, .7 inches more rear hip room and 1.3 inches more rear shoulder room than the Volt.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The C-MAX Hybrid has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat up than the Volt (24.5 vs. 10.6 cubic feet). The C-MAX Hybrid has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat folded than the Volt (52.6 vs. 10.6 cubic feet).

A low lift-over trunk design makes loading and unloading the C-MAX Hybrid easier. The C-MAX Hybrid’s trunk lift-over height is 27.6 inches, while the Volt’s liftover is 33 inches.

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 Volt doesn’t offer a power liftgate.

Ergonomics Comparison

The C-MAX Hybrid’s front and rear power windows all open or close with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside of the car. The Volt’s front passenger window doesn’t close automatically.

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 Volt’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

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

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 Volt doesn’t offer dual zone air conditioning.

For greater rear passenger comfort, the C-MAX Hybrid has standard rear a/c vents to keep rear occupants more comfortable. The Volt doesn’t offer rear 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 Volt 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 Volt 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 $565 to $1520 less than the Volt over a five-year period.

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 Volt.

C-MAX Hybrid

Volt

Five Year

44%

37%

Three Year

61%

49%

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the C-MAX Hybrid is less expensive to operate than the Volt because typical repairs cost much less on the C-MAX Hybrid than the Volt, including $238 less for an alternator, $14 less for front brake pads, $174 less for a fuel pump and $156 less for a power steering pump.

Intellichoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Ford C-MAX Hybrid will be $4688 to $11119 less than for the Chevrolet Volt.

Recommendations Comparison

The Ford C-MAX Hybrid won two awards in Kiplinger’s 2013 car issue. The Chevrolet Volt only won one award.

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