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2012 Ford C-Max

2012 Ford C-Max by Patricia Johnson for Starred Reviews

In the United States it is a case of the bigger the better when it comes to minivans but in Europe, the small MPV is all the rage. When this moderate size mini van, or people haulers, was first introduced in the United States, it never quite caught on and not many were sold. Ford has decided that this the year to bring back the small MPV’s back to the United States starting with the 2012 Ford C-Max.

The 2012 Ford C-Max will have a 2.5 liter four-cylinder engine that will be the bas power train with a 1.6 liter EcoBoost inline four, which will be the up-level mill. This minivan will offer seating for seven or as Ford calls it, five plus two, and have the latest crop of Blue Oval tech. When the only the front seats are used, there is an abundance of cargo space. When the seats are folded down, there is a magnetic cover that will cover the stowed seats to make a flat load floor, which will give you 60 cubes of storage space. The most rearward seats do not have much headroom for adults.

This car will also come with plenty of smart technologies such as the hands free rear lift gate, the HD radio, the panoramic roof, and the Intelligent Access with push button start. When you think of safety, think of the active park assist, the speed limiter, and rearview camera, which are all included on the 2012 Ford C-Max. This new model will also offer dual zone electronic automatic temperature control, ambient lightening, rear and front parking aid sensors, and Navigation System.

The 2012 Ford C-Max has been awarded a Euro NACP five star rating and is expected to become the segment leader in safety. The standard safety features will include Advance Trac with Roll Stability Control with curve control, Tire Pressure Monitoring System, dual side and front airbags with a smart occupant sensor, and blind spot mirrors for the driver and passenger side. This model will have strong body architecture with an extensive use of high strength steel.

With the use of the new 1.6 liter EcoBoost 1-4 engine the customer will have the combination improved fuel economy, low CO2 emissions, and good performance. It also comes with two sliding doors and is only 178 inches long. This makes it three point inches shorter than the Mazda and two feet shorter than the Honda Odyssey.

They are being closed mouth as to the actual miles per gallon but Ford is hinting at 30 miles per gallon. A Ford representative is saying a well equipped 2012 Ford C-Max will cost $25,000. Production of the 2012 Ford C-Max will be at Ford’s Michigan Assembly Plant and will go on sale soon afterwards.

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