With used vehicle prices reaching new record highs with each passing month thanks to supply chain issues including the semiconductor chip shortage, it’s getting harder and harder to find a good deal in that particular market, even though certified pre-owned sales dipped a bit last month. However, there are a few solid values to be found, including select Ford Taurus and Ford Edge models, as Ford Authority previously reported. However, that short list also includes the fuel sipping 2017 Ford C-Max, according to Consumer Reports.
The 2017 Ford C-Max made CR‘s “Best Used Cars and SUVs for $15,000-$20,000” list, which highlights vehicles that aren’t just good values, but also ones that performed well in the consumer organization’s testing and received high marks for reliability. Most of these vehicles that made the cut also come equipped with modern tech features and safety technology including forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, and blind spot warning as either standard or optional equipment.
The 2017 C-Max makes the cut with an average price of $16,250-$19,075 and an owner-observed 41 miles-per-gallon of average fuel economy. Consumer Reports praised the C-Max for being “remarkably efficient,” as well as providing ample space for passengers and cargo inside. CR also notes that the C-Max is quieter than the Toyota Prius, with excellent outward visibility. It found Ford’s SYNC 3 operating system to be “highly intuitive and readily accessible,” too.
Consumer Reports does have a few complaints regarding the C-Max, however, including its less than optimal seating position, a flat and low-mounted rear seat, the fact that the backup camera is only included in a pricier optional package, and cargo space that’s a bit compromised by the presence of the hybrid battery pack.