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Driving In The Snow?


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#1 OFFLINE   cmaxintender

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Posted 31 March 2013 - 02:57 PM

I'm considering buying a C-Max but live in a slightly rural area that doesn't get plowed early.  I've heard this is not a good car in Winter.  What is your experience?

 

When there isn't snow on the road we have pretty lousy road surfaces what's the ride like?

 

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#2 OFFLINE   robertlane

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Posted 01 April 2013 - 01:45 PM

Why wouldn't this be a good car in the winter?  It's front wheel drive like virtually all others.



#3 OFFLINE   jes_ma

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Posted 29 April 2013 - 03:45 AM

I was considering purchasing four snow tires, has anyone else done this and interested in before and after mileage.   I previously owned a Honda Fit and would knock about 5MPG off due to cold and stickier tires.  (39 MPG to about 34MPG).



#4 OFFLINE   Riddley

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Posted 29 April 2013 - 02:59 PM

Please review this thread on the sister forum regarding the C-MAX in the snow:

 

http://fordcmaxhybri...al-c-max-owner/



#5 OFFLINE   Foamit UP

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Posted 30 April 2013 - 06:17 AM

We live in Maine and drove on snow. It handles fine. You only get about 34-38 mpg in winter. Now that it has warmed up it get 38 to 41. We are in Rural area so it is a lot of back road driving and city. Highway driving just doesn't get great mpg. I am still looking for the 47 mpg as advertised. Now have 10 miles on car. Foamit UP



#6 OFFLINE   Riddley

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Posted 30 April 2013 - 01:18 PM

We live in Maine and drove on snow. It handles fine. You only get about 34-38 mpg in winter. Now that it has warmed up it get 38 to 41. We are in Rural area so it is a lot of back road driving and city. Highway driving just doesn't get great mpg. I am still looking for the 47 mpg as advertised. Now have 10 miles on car. Foamit UP

 

Factors that affect MPG:

  • Outside temp (the time it takes for the vehicle to warm up)
  • Battery charge (low EV battery will result in less EV driving)
  • Brake-in period (average efficiency improves over the first 5-10K miles)
  • Draw from interior appliances Heat/AC, etc.
  • Driving style (aggressive, moderate, conservative)
  • Traffic
  • Terrain (elevation, hills, etc.)

You can occasionally see MPGs in the mid-40's if most of these factors are favorable. You might even occasionally exceed 50 mpg. I would be surprised if anyone driving a C-MAX with most of these factors in a favorable state didn't see a single trip report 45-47 mpg by the end of the summer.



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Posted 30 April 2013 - 05:29 PM

Please review this thread on the sister forum regarding the C-MAX in the snow:

 

http://fordcmaxhybri...al-c-max-owner/

 

Thanks for linking to that - I was going to do the same but you beat me to it. :)



#8 OFFLINE   puremichigan

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Posted 28 December 2013 - 07:07 AM

No problems driving in snow ( or blizzards ), I think the rear battery gives a better weight distribution and a lower center of gravity



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Posted 11 April 2014 - 07:32 PM

New C-Max owner.  Live in the mountains of Colorado at 9,500 ft.  Have had the car for almost a week, second day got 10 inches of snow.  Have studded Winter Force tires did great.  Trade in my Mini Cooper Clubman S which was a beast in the snow.  Always surprised everyone I passed!  Really liking the C max SEL.  Lot of fun, looking forward to putting the summer tires back on in another month.


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Posted 21 April 2014 - 07:39 AM

New C-Max owner.  Live in the mountains of Colorado at 9,500 ft.  Have had the car for almost a week, second day got 10 inches of snow.  Have studded Winter Force tires did great.  Trade in my Mini Cooper Clubman S which was a beast in the snow.  Always surprised everyone I passed!  Really liking the C max SEL.  Lot of fun, looking forward to putting the summer tires back on in another month.

 

When does you snow season typically being and end?



#11 OFFLINE   Darkside

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Posted 01 May 2014 - 06:46 PM

How does June sound, although in 97 it snowed one foot on July 4th.  It snow and melts this time of year.  Has snowed everyday the last four.  Supposed to be a nice weekend.






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