The Scoop: The C-MAX is part of Ford's global small vehicle strategy to deliver 10 models--2 million vehicles annually--from a single C-vehicle platform by 2012. It also has Ford's first application of the 1.6-liter EcoBoost I-4 engine in its North American C-class vehicles. The aluminum engine combines direct injection, turbocharging and twin independent variable camshaft timing for fuel economy 20% better than naturally aspirated, larger-displacement gasoline engines with a similar power output. C-MAX also has a power-operated rear liftgate, five seats in the main cabin and two smaller seats in the third row, twin sliding doors, active park assist with a special system that will automatically parallel-park the car.
Pricing: $19,000 (estimated)