Once upon a time, in the Land of Suburbia, Minivans ruled the earth. Their cavernous interior swallowed entire families. And children’s fingers were ruthlessly pinched by their sliding doors.
After being driven from the land by the SUV tribe, the remnants of the Minivan clan vowed revenge. Their plan was to infiltrate Suburbia, disguised as harmless Hybrid Monks. Today, Hybrid monasteries convert thousands through their covert Latte Outreach. And the top two monks; 2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid & 2013 Toyota Prius V, have been accused of being covert Minivan operatives.
Let’s examine the evidence, and see if these two Hybrids could actually be…disguised Minivans.
2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid
In Europe, the 2013 Ford C-Max lives openly as a people hauler. There’s plenty of room to seat 5 adults comfortably, while carrying 24.5 cu-ft behind the rear seats. Fold those seats down, and you’ll have a wagon-like 54 cu-ft of room. Those aren’t minivan measurements to be sure. But the 2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid isn’t much bigger than a 2013 Ford Focus.
Under the hood, the FWD 2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid has a 2.0 liter gas engine, paired to an electric motor with a lithium ion battery pack. This combination yields 188 total-horsepower, and a top speed of 62 mph on electricity alone. Ford claims the 2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid will get 47 mpg in the city, on the highway, and combined. Since the little hybrid MPV won’t hit the showrooms until later this year, we’ll have to wait for the official MPG figures.
The C-Max itself, has been on sale in Europe since 2003. Usually powered by a noisy diesel engine, the C-Max has transported countless children to the school and ‘The Shops’. Sold as part of the Focus lineup, the Ford C-Max is one of Ford’s most popular European family vehicles.
To make this compact people hauler more attractive to American customers, Ford has fitted the 2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid with some of its best features. There’s the self-parking system, the foot-operated power tailgate, a configurable LCD gauge display (SmartGauge), and the latest version of MyFord Touch with Ford Sync.
Expect the 2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid to be a luxurious alternative to the other green people pod, the Yoda Prii V.
2013 Toyota Prius V
Using a similar tall hybrid-wagon setup as the C-Max, the 2013 Toyota Prius V manages to squeeze a little bit more room from its smallish footprint. There’s ample room for 5 grownups, with 34 cu-ft of stuff-room behind the rear seats. Fold the sliding/reclining second row, and the front passenger seat, the big Prius will offer 67 cu-ft of room.
Under the hood, the 2013 Toyota Prius V has the 1.8 liter Synergy Drive system, with twin electric motors, and a nickel-metal-hydride battery pack. This combo nets 134-hp, and a fuel economy rating of 44 city / 40 hwy / 42 comb.
Although the Ford CMax Hybrid gets better fuel economy, the Toyota Hybrid system has a reputation for working extremely well. The 2013 Toyota Prius V also works well as a fuel efficient family wagon. On the highway, the Prius Big feels planted. Which is something the lighter Prius hatchback struggles with.
Like the 2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid, the Prius V can be fitted with lots of toys. There’s a lightweight panorama roof, adaptive cruise, and a self-parking system. Plus, the 2013 Toyota Prius V has a level snob appeal that the Ford MPV just can’t match. On the other hand, the interior of the C-Max is a much nicer place to be. And it handles quite confidently too.
So, are the 2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid & 2013 Toyota Prius V actually Minivan insurgents, plotting to take over Suburbia? Probably not. But then again, you never know…