malloryk wrote:adric22 wrote:malloryk wrote:I brought my CMAX Energi home Tues. evening and I've been loving it so far. I had to use a little gas on Thanksgiving but the rest of the time I've been driving electric. They briefly went through the tech features of the car at the dealership but I was able to figure out how to do stuff on my own pretty easily like setting charging and climate control times. The voice command works way better than it did in my Leaf. I had to reinstall the app but now it's working perfectly. A lot more functionality than the Leaf app had. It's a fun car!
I'd be interested in hearing a full review of your thoughts on the car, coming from a Leaf. There's still a chance this car may be in our future, but I'm pushing for another Volt or a BMW i3-Rex. But I'm very curious to hear how you are able to get along with the car. What do you think of the acceleration power in EV mode? I was underwhelmed, but I also admit I could probably get used to it.
The acceleration is definitely choppy in EV mode, especially when compared to the Volt, which I found to be super smooth. But I only really feel that when I'm speeding up to get on the freeway. Most of my driving is city driving within a 10-mile radius so then it's smoother. Definitely had to get used to transitioning from the even, quiet acceleration of the Leaf. The Energi doesn't have the same boost from stop that the Leaf has. I found myself unintentionally flooring it the first day I had it but I've adjusted to it now. BUT I'm not picky with cars when it comes to performance. I just want to get from point A to B in comfort. As for the Volt, I just felt claustrophobic in it and I liked the available features in the Energi more and felt that the visibility was better. And I'm a sucker for a hatchback, although the trunk space in the Energi is really limited. My Leaf's brakes could be really grabby in lower speeds too and the Volt and Energi definitely don't have that. I know that you can get leather heated seats in the Leaf now but mine didn't have it so I'm really loving that feature in my Energi, which comes standard. And the power lift gate has come in handy a few times already with trips to the grocery store and Target. Didn't expect to appreciate that feature but now it'd definitely be hard to part with.
We actually considered the C-Max as a companion to our LEAF (drove both versions) but the lack of cargo space, especially in the Energi was a deal breaker and the rock hard seats in the back was the killer; almost sounds like these don't get used by you much? The C-Max after all is based on the Focus platform so can excuse the space a bit but something north of $30K should have more comfortable seats for passengers; the fronts are fine but anyone in back for any length of time (other than perhaps kids) won't appreciate them much. We're starting to see more of these as I think Ford has offered heavy discounts on the Energi but it should be getting some more competition soon; still found the whole voice activation excessive but perhaps that's just me ... a lot of new owners have found issues with so time will tell how much they much the try to refine it when complaints come in.