Jump to content

Custom Search




Welcome to the C-MAX Hybrid Forum


Sign In  Log in with Facebook

Create Account
Welcome to the C-MAX Hybrid Forum. You must register to create topics or post in our community, but don't worry this is a simple free process that requires minimal information for you to signup. Here's some member benefits:
  • Start new topics and reply to others
  • Subscribe to topics and forums to get email updates
  • Get your own profile page and make new friends
  • Send personal messages to other members
  • Create photo albums and post images. . .more!
Click here to create an account now
 
Guest Message by DevFuse

Get you C-MAX Hybrid Registered in the official Ford Authorized Registry. More here.


Photo
- - - - -

2016, turning radius


  • Please log in to reply
21 replies to this topic

#1 OFFLINE   rfruth

rfruth

    C-Max Hybrid Member

  • C-MAX Hybrid Member
  • 115 posts
  • Region:U.S. Southern Plains
  • LocationHouston, Tx
  • My C-MAX's Year:Decline
  • Current Vehicle:2014 Focus

Posted 10 March 2015 - 06:54 PM

Am considering a 2016, have heard the turning radius isn't great - I don't expect sports car handing but do need to get in my garage (smallish 1 car townhouse) - also the occasional U turn etc - how would you rate handling ? 









Lose this advertisement by becoming a member. Click here to create a free account.


#2 OFFLINE   Adrian_L

Adrian_L

    C-Max Hybrid Member

  • C-MAX Hybrid Member
  • 675 posts
  • Region:Canada British Columbia
  • LocationVancouver, BC
  • My C-MAX's Year:2013
  • Current Vehicle:2013 SEL

Posted 10 March 2015 - 07:37 PM

I have a small carport next to a small alley and have had zero problems so far.  I think there was a minor complaint from some members that the turning radius was larger than expected for a small car.  Can't say that I have noticed one way or the other.



#3 OFFLINE   kostby

kostby

    C-Max Hybrid Member

  • C-MAX Hybrid Member
  • 550 posts
  • Region:U.S. Great Lakes
  • LocationIndiana
  • My C-MAX's Year:2013
  • Current Vehicle:C-MAX Hybrid SE

Posted 11 March 2015 - 12:11 AM

There are no specs announced for a 2016 US model C-MAX, so it's impossible to speculate what any number might be until the Fleet Guide is released months from now.

 

 

The 2013 C-MAX Hybrid turning circle is published at 35.8 feet. http://www.edmunds.c...est-specs1.html

 

What are you driving now? If it's a recent mid-sized front-wheel-drive car, you likely won't notice a great deal of difference. 

Front wheel drive cars in general cannot turn as tight as the front wheels of rear-wheel-drive-only vehicles, because the front wheels of front wheel drive cars are connected to drive shafts and CV joints, and just can't turn as tight.

 

My daily driver is a 2003 Pontiac Vibe. The track is about .5 inches narrower. The car is about 2 inches shorter than C-MAX and the wheelbase is also about 2-inches shorter. Turning circle for the Vibe is published at 36.7 feet, yet it "feels" as if it turns about 1 foot tighter than the C-MAX. http://www.edmunds.c...features-specs/

 

By the time I had driven our C-MAX a few times, I no longer "felt" much difference.



#4 OFFLINE   ScubaDadMiami

ScubaDadMiami

    C-Max Hybrid Member

  • C-MAX Hybrid Platinum Member
  • 1,408 posts
  • Region:U.S. Southern Atlantic
  • LocationMiami Beach, Florida
  • My C-MAX's Year:2013
  • Current Vehicle:SEL, 303A, Panoramic Roof

Posted 11 March 2015 - 12:14 AM

You will notice the larger turn when you first get your new C-MAX. It's not nearly a big enough deal to warrant crossing the C-MAX off of your list. U-turns are bigger, and you will notice this on small roads. Parking is not an issue.



#5 OFFLINE   Plus 3 Golfer

Plus 3 Golfer

    C-Max Hybrid Member

  • C-MAX Hybrid Member
  • 1,685 posts
  • Region:Decline
  • LocationTN
  • My C-MAX's Year:2013
  • Current Vehicle:2013

Posted 11 March 2015 - 01:04 AM

One has to be careful with quoted turning circles.  IMO, the important "turning circle" is measured from the outside edge of the bumper not the outside of the tire.  

 

When pulling into a parking space between two vehicles, backing out of the parking space, or making a U-turn with cars parked on the street, the bumper clearance turning circle is the relevant one not the curb to curb turning circle.  IMO, the C-Max should be rated "unacceptable" in bumper clearance turning circle. :) The C-Max has a 41 foot bumper clearance turning circle compared to my 2008 Nissan Rogue of 39 feet and 2009 Jetta TDI of 37 feet.  The curb to curb turning circle for the C-Max appears to be about 38.3/4 feet based on several sites (can't find any Ford spec and I question the Edmund's number of 35.8),  My 2009 Jetta TDI has a curb to curb of 35.8.  My C-Max doesn't come close to that.


  • hybridbear likes this

#6 OFFLINE   Spitinuri

Spitinuri

    New Member

  • C-MAX Hybrid Member
  • 33 posts
  • Region:U.S. Mississippi Valley
  • LocationMissouri
  • My C-MAX's Year:2013
  • Current Vehicle:2013 C-Max

Posted 15 March 2015 - 01:41 PM

It's one of my major complaints in this car.  In this day most cars are front wheel or all wheel drive and the turning radius of the C-Max is one of the largest.  Honestly it is a big deal to me.  It makes parking in tight lots more difficult.  Even turning around on a two lane highway is a bit of a stretch.



#7 OFFLINE   obob

obob

    C-Max Hybrid Member

  • C-MAX Hybrid Member
  • 512 posts
  • Region:Decline
  • LocationUS
  • My C-MAX's Year:2013
  • Current Vehicle:C-MAX SE

Posted 15 March 2015 - 03:50 PM

You will notice the larger turn when you first get your new C-MAX. It's not nearly a big enough deal to warrant crossing the C-MAX off of your list. U-turns are bigger, and you will notice this on small roads. Parking is not an issue.

 

I agree with all of the above.  Plus, I haven't even thought about it for like a year in a half.


Edited by obob, 15 March 2015 - 03:59 PM.


#8 OFFLINE   Kelleytoons

Kelleytoons

    C-Max Hybrid Member

  • C-MAX Hybrid Member
  • 898 posts
  • Region:U.S. Southern Atlantic
  • Locationcentral Florida
  • My C-MAX's Year:2014
  • Current Vehicle:Maximis

Posted 15 March 2015 - 04:12 PM

Yeah, I agree with the last post as well -- noticed it first when I got Maximis, now never think twice about it.



#9 OFFLINE   stevedebi

stevedebi

    C-Max Hybrid Member

  • C-MAX Hybrid Member
  • 842 posts
  • Region:U.S. Pacific Coast
  • LocationLA
  • My C-MAX's Year:2014
  • Current Vehicle:2014 C-Max Energi

Posted 16 March 2015 - 12:09 PM

Yeah, I agree with the last post as well -- noticed it first when I got Maximis, now never think twice about it.

I have to do a U-Turn to park in front of my house, so I notice it every day. I have to back up to avoid hitting the curb. My wife has a 2014 VW Passat that clears the curb by 3 feet, and it is a bigger car. I'm not sure why they didn't provide a better turn radius.



#10 OFFLINE   Kelleytoons

Kelleytoons

    C-Max Hybrid Member

  • C-MAX Hybrid Member
  • 898 posts
  • Region:U.S. Southern Atlantic
  • Locationcentral Florida
  • My C-MAX's Year:2014
  • Current Vehicle:Maximis

Posted 16 March 2015 - 12:28 PM

Obviously if there is a particular turn you always make you will notice things -- but I suspect I haven't actually made a U-turn more than twice in the last 20 years <g> (can't say I always know where I'm going, but with GPS I can always find a way to get there :>).

 

I actually think my Durango has a better turning radius but it doesn't seem like it only because the hood is so far out in front of it.  I always forget how very short the hood is in front of me in Maximis and am always pleasantly surprised by how much room I have in a turn (whereas I'd have hit something in the front of the Durango).  So for me now it's just the opposite of what you experiencing.



#11 OFFLINE   Marc Smith

Marc Smith

    C-Max Hybrid Member

  • C-MAX Hybrid Facebook
  • 534 posts
  • Region:U.S. Northeast
  • LocationNorthern VA
  • My C-MAX's Year:2013
  • Current Vehicle:C-Max Hybrid

Posted 17 March 2015 - 07:42 AM

my wifes Saturn Vue  turns like a bus...  my HHR and Prius  felt much easier getting into the garage than the C-max  and drivinga round the parking garage at work  the C-max feels larger than it is in tight parking lots....

 

this is one failing that US car makers  seems to have that our european bretheren have mastered...the tight turning radius...

 

http://www.cars.com/.../specifications

 

Vue 20

Cmax 19

HHR 18

Pruis 17..



#12 OFFLINE   WheNRG

WheNRG

    New Member

  • C-MAX Hybrid Member
  • 10 posts
  • Region:Decline
  • LocationDallas
  • My C-MAX's Year:2014
  • Current Vehicle:C-Max Energi

Posted 17 March 2015 - 12:15 PM

My previous Volvo S60R had a published 42.7ft circle, so the C-max is MUCH better than that car.  Even with that one it was a minor inconvenience.  Looking at Edmunds data the C-max is better than a Volt or Prius V, slightly worse than the base Prius. 



#13 OFFLINE   stevedebi

stevedebi

    C-Max Hybrid Member

  • C-MAX Hybrid Member
  • 842 posts
  • Region:U.S. Pacific Coast
  • LocationLA
  • My C-MAX's Year:2014
  • Current Vehicle:2014 C-Max Energi

Posted 17 March 2015 - 12:38 PM

my wifes Saturn Vue  turns like a bus...  my HHR and Prius  felt much easier getting into the garage than the C-max  and drivinga round the parking garage at work  the C-max feels larger than it is in tight parking lots....

 

this is one failing that US car makers  seems to have that our european bretheren have mastered...the tight turning radius...

 

http://www.cars.com/.../specifications

 

Vue 20

Cmax 19

HHR 18

Pruis 17..

Oddly enough, I believe the C-Max is a European design. But they also have three seats capability over there.


  • ptjones and Smiling Jack like this

#14 OFFLINE   Marc Smith

Marc Smith

    C-Max Hybrid Member

  • C-MAX Hybrid Facebook
  • 534 posts
  • Region:U.S. Northeast
  • LocationNorthern VA
  • My C-MAX's Year:2013
  • Current Vehicle:C-Max Hybrid

Posted 17 March 2015 - 01:59 PM

Steve,  I agree that the Cmax is a European design...

 

http://carleasingmad...turning-circle/

the British C-max has a turning circle of 11 meters  kerb to kerb...  or  about 33 feet...  which is smaller than the posted  at cars .com...

 

?????



#15 OFFLINE   Smiling Jack

Smiling Jack

    C-Max Hybrid Member

  • C-MAX Hybrid Member
  • 268 posts
  • Region:Decline
  • LocationTexas
  • Current Vehicle:c-max energialso

Posted 17 March 2015 - 02:30 PM

Steve,  I agree that the Cmax is a European design...

 

http://carleasingmad...turning-circle/

the British C-max has a turning circle of 11 meters  kerb to kerb...  or  about 33 feet...  which is smaller than the posted  at cars .com...

 

?????

 

The European C-Max has a conventional ICE powerplant.

 

A possible explanation for our larger turning radius is that the whole hybrid drive (ICE, electric motor, power split device, etc.) takes up so much more space than does the Euro stuff that it encroaches on the room for wheel, tire and steering gear movement.

 

Now, having said something sensible, I must divert myself by confessing that I actually get some perverse enjoyment from the large turning radius.  Having spent a lifetime driving large to huge cars, I am uncomfortable driving small cars.  I am, however, entirely comfortable in the C-Max.  The unforgivingly large turning radius merely adds to the immense passenger space, expansive glass area, and overly generous headroom to give me the felling that I am driving a huge vehicle again.


Edited by Smiling Jack, 18 March 2015 - 12:37 PM.


#16 OFFLINE   stevedebi

stevedebi

    C-Max Hybrid Member

  • C-MAX Hybrid Member
  • 842 posts
  • Region:U.S. Pacific Coast
  • LocationLA
  • My C-MAX's Year:2014
  • Current Vehicle:2014 C-Max Energi

Posted 17 March 2015 - 03:04 PM

Steve,  I agree that the Cmax is a European design...

 

http://carleasingmad...turning-circle/

the British C-max has a turning circle of 11 meters  kerb to kerb...  or  about 33 feet...  which is smaller than the posted  at cars .com...

 

?????

That is actually about 36 feet. No way ours is that small. I'd estimate about 39 feet or even more.


  • rfruth likes this

#17 OFFLINE   rfruth

rfruth

    C-Max Hybrid Member

  • C-MAX Hybrid Member
  • 115 posts
  • Region:U.S. Southern Plains
  • LocationHouston, Tx
  • My C-MAX's Year:Decline
  • Current Vehicle:2014 Focus

Posted 17 March 2015 - 07:47 PM

OP here, thanks for all the feedback !  I currently drive a 2014 Focus and its great (except for the turning radius) so it sounds like I'd feel right at home in a C-Max :drool:


  • ptjones and C-MaxSea like this

#18 OFFLINE   cmax-nynj

cmax-nynj

    C-Max Hybrid Member

  • C-MAX Hybrid Member
  • 117 posts
  • Region:U.S. Northeast
  • LocationNY, NJ, CT
  • My C-MAX's Year:2013
  • Current Vehicle:SE

Posted 18 March 2015 - 08:45 AM

The turning radius does suck but it shouldn't kill the deal.  I do have a gripe about the steering ratio which is too quick for highway use.  However, you can expect sports car handling from this chassis.  I used to own a MR2, Celica GTS, 07 VW GTI, etc..... and I find the CMax handles really well.   I drive on high speed mountain roads every day and have no problem keeping up or even passing expensive sports cars.  


  • C-MaxSea likes this

#19 OFFLINE   stevedebi

stevedebi

    C-Max Hybrid Member

  • C-MAX Hybrid Member
  • 842 posts
  • Region:U.S. Pacific Coast
  • LocationLA
  • My C-MAX's Year:2014
  • Current Vehicle:2014 C-Max Energi

Posted 18 March 2015 - 10:51 AM

The turning radius does suck but it shouldn't kill the deal.  I do have a gripe about the steering ratio which is too quick for highway use.  However, you can expect sports car handling from this chassis.  I used to own a MR2, Celica GTS, 07 VW GTI, etc..... and I find the CMax handles really well.   I drive on high speed mountain roads every day and have no problem keeping up or even passing expensive sports cars.  

I knew about the turning radius and still bought the car. It handles well, although I find the steering a bit too sensitive at highway speeds.



#20 OFFLINE   HotPotato

HotPotato

    C-Max Hybrid Member

  • C-MAX Hybrid Member
  • 247 posts
  • Region:U.S. Pacific Coast
  • LocationCalifornia
  • My C-MAX's Year:2013
  • Current Vehicle:C-Max SE

Posted 24 March 2015 - 03:17 PM

HANDLING is excellent.

 

TURNING RADIUS on the other hand is poor, although that's not unusual in front-wheel-drive cars. The parking space in my building is next to a pole, so I can't swing wide into the adjacent space, which means I have to turn in, back up, and re-enter the space in order to avoid being over the left line. Other than that, the only time it's an issue is when making a U-turn; I have to do those slowly to be sure I'll clear the opposite curb. At this point these behaviors are automatic, so it's not a big deal...a minor inconvenience greatly outweighed by the car's many strong points.


  • C-MaxSea likes this






Custom Search




0 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 0 guests, 0 anonymous users

Privacy Policy TERMS OF SERVICE ·