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Posted: 10/24/12 04:58pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Does anyone have any info on the new Ford C-Max, is it towable??
I have seen it comes, both, as a hybrid, and a fulltime fuel burner.
Just curious as to the towability of it.

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Posted: 10/24/12 05:42pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

IMHO the best place to find that information is in the owners manual.

Go to a car dealership and pull it out of the glove box and look up under 'recreational towing' in the index. Tells you right there if it can be towed 4 down, dolly, or not ever!


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Yes, the C-Max is flat towable. Your maximum speed while flat towing is limited to 70 MPH (although I would consult the owner's manual as I am going by memory). The hybrid transmission is splash lubricated (i.e. pump doesn't run) when the engine is off, so the oil distribution in the transmission is very good when flat towing. Given the size of the car and the ability of the vehicle to be flat towed. (By the way, in the U.S. the C-Max comes as a hybrid only, it is available as a hybrid or as a plug in hybrid ... plug in production is very low, you are most likely to find just regular hybrids on dealer lots).

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While the manual is right most of the time, don't rely on the owners manual to be the Final Word. There are a lot of Chevy Cruze owners out there that relied on the manual that said they could be towed 4-down, and they can't according to GM. Somebody erred.


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The Cruze has a chain transfer drive ... chains are very difficult to deal with in a flat tow situation as they tend to froth/whip the oil and generate lots of heat. The C-Max transaxle is a fully geared transfer and final drive which act more like a paddle wheel in a flat tow situation. The Escape and Fusion hybrids have been flat towable from day one ... the transmission in the C-Max is similar in design, but built here in the United States at the Ford Van Dyke transmission plant instead of imported from Japan.

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I was going to post that the C-Max will not be in dealers showrooms until some time this fall, but I checked ford.com and they have been showing up all over the country!

I think I would rather wait for the plug in hybrid, it will go about twice as far between fill ups, mostly because most of my antisipated driving will be to school and back home, not exceeding about 25 miles per trip, and the plug in hybrid will do that easy unless I really hit the gas going up a hill and bring on the engine. With 9 cent per KW electric, it will be much less expensive to fill up at home than at the pump!

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I read the C-Max owner's manual online yesterday. Just the C-Max, not the Energi.

Both the FWD and AWD are towable 4 down. The AWD cannot go on a tow dolly.

The Max speed is 65, and the procedure is to warm it up for 5 mins in the morning, then shift into reverse, then into drive, then leave it in neutral. Repeat this every 6 hours of towing.

This is the same set of restrictions and procedures that the Escape gasser had until early 2012.


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OH48Lt wrote:

While the manual is right most of the time, don't rely on the owners manual to be the Final Word. There are a lot of Chevy Cruze owners out there that relied on the manual that said they could be towed 4-down, and they can't according to GM. Somebody erred.
If we were to follow your philosophy, we could not tow anything!


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The Ford CMax is flat towable. This is because of the CVT transmission used. Other Ford hybrids (Escape and Fusion ) are also flat towable, with out the problems or "add ons required" associated with the gas only models using a conventional 6 speed automatic.
The CMax is a hybrid only NOT a full gas model, although there is a plug in option hybrid which will allow speeds of up to 100kmp on the electric motor .

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I test drove a Cmax 2 days ago...I was VERY impressed ....it's amazingly fast off the line....roomy, quiet smooth and gets 47mpg city or hwy..about $28K...probably a disposable car when the battery needs replacing in 10 yrs...


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