Toyota Prius vs Ford C-Max Hybrid South Brunswick


The Prius has 34.3 to 40.2 cubic feet of space in the back, and the more compact Ford C-Max Hybrid's cargo hold only carries 24.5 cubic feet, yet the two cars are similar in size. The center storage bin is also bigger on the Toyota Prius than the C-Max Hybrid. 


Fuel Consumption

The all-important thing when doing a comparison such as the Prius vs. the C-Max Hybrid is fuel consumption.

The Prius has a rating of 44 city/40 highway miles per gallon and has a combined rating of 42 miles per gallon. The C-Max has slightly better fuel efficiency, rated at 47 miles per gallon in every category. The Toyota Prius is the lighter car, around 300 pounds lighter than the Ford C-Max Hybrid.

Engine Performance

The Prius has a 134-horsepower drivetrain comprised of a 1.8-liter engine in conjunction with an 80-horsepower electric motor, all routed through a planetary CVT. Torque is approximately 154 pound feet. The Ford C-Max has a very similar setup but with a bigger, more powerful 2.0-liter gasoline engine and a bigger electric motor for a combined 188 horsepower. No torque figures are available.

Ford C-Max Hybrid 


The Ford C-Max hits 60 miles per hour in 8.1 seconds and completes the quarter mile in 16.2 seconds. The Toyota Prius takes 10.1 seconds to achieve 60 miles per hour and completes the quarter mile in 17.5 seconds. The Toyota Prius drives better than the Ford C-Max due to a slightly longer wheel base, extra bushings on the front suspension, and Anti-Pitch and Bounce Control. It senses up-and-down movements and uses the car's electric motor to balance them out.


The Toyota Prius has greater rear head and legroom; back seat passengers will be able to stretch out better than in the Ford C-Max Hybrid. The improved front head and legroom will be a plus for taller drivers.


There are a lot of factors to consider when calculating the cost of any vehicle. The Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) puts the Ford C-Max Hybrid as the more expensive car than the Toyota Prius. Another consideration is the Destination Charge, which is the same for both the Toyota Prius and the Ford C-Max.

Dimensions and Handling

Since the Ford C-Max Hybrid is a fair bit wider than the Toyota Prius, which will make parking the Toyota easier as this car has the smaller turning circle.


There is the same number of seats in both cars, and both can seat the same number of passengers.


The Toyota Prius comes with an identical basic warranty as the Ford C-Max.

If you're looking to buy a Toyota Prius, why not drop in at Dayton Toyota, located in South Brunswick at 2291 Route 130. Dayton's friendly staff will show you a Toyota Prius from their inventory, and if you are impressed, they will arrange a test drive and discuss possible financing options.


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