2015 Toyota Prius vs 2015 Ford C-MAX


2015 Toyota Prius

2015 Toyota Prius

2015 Ford C-MAX

2015 Ford C-MAX

With wildly fluctuating gas prices these days, Jacksonville drivers need to have a few reassurances when it comes to efficient transportation. That is why you just can’t beat the 2015 Toyota Prius, the gold standard for hybrid vehicles, now readily available at Beaver Toyota, just south of Jax on Highway 1. Unless you’ve been living under a big rock for the last decade, you’ll know that the Prius continues to win over the minds and hearts of folks looking for an outrageously fuel-efficient daily driver, successfully keeping competitors like the Ford C-Max at bay. Let’s see how these contenders stack up against each other.

Honest MPG

The 2015 Toyota Prius returns that same outstanding fuel economy that we’ve come to know and love–51 MPG–while the Ford C-Max struggles under the burden of constantly having to revise its fuel economy ratings. Simply put, the Ford C-Max fuel economy keeps sinking, while the Prius remains true to its claims of 50+MPG. A hybrid is meant to get outstanding MPG, but the C-Max behaves more or less like any old gasoline car–not the car of the future it was touted to be.

Maneuverability

It seems like a miniscule thing to brag about in a car, but turning radius makes the difference between clearing that curb and a trip to the body shop. And compared to the Ford C-Max, the 2015 Toyota Prius positively turns on a dime. The Prius boasts a “turning circle” of 34.2, while the C-Max is a bloated, truck-like 38.4.

Clear Controls

In order to make up for lousy-by-Prius-standards fuel economy, the Ford C-Max packs on the driver-controlled technology to the point of utter frustration. Accessing important apps, directions, and even music shouldn’t be akin to managing Star Command. Knobs, dials, and buttons on the Prius are straightforward and easy to use; simple, but solid technology makes for a more enjoyable driving experience and a much safer one, too. Tack on the Prius’s technology pack that includes Toyota’s excellent Entunes infotainment system for an even better infotainment interface.

The 2015 Toyota Prius–Still King of the Hybrid Hill

Even if MPG was the only number we could go on, the Prius still reigns supreme and remains to be bested by any other hybrid, including the Ford C-Max, on the market. If you’re a Jacksonville driver desperately trying to save at the pump and do a good deed or two for the environment, come on into Beaver Toyota for a look at the 2015 Toyota Prius–the only hybrid with unimpeachable integrity.