C-Max: Why so quiet?

As noted in a previous post, the C-Max is almost eerily quiet. As in, “sneak up behind unsuspecting coworkers” quiet. But before I really jumped into punking my coworkers, I wanted to understand a little more clearly the reason behind the silence.

Here’s what I found:

  • Door Insulation: Typically, hybrid makers will do just about anything to make the cars lighter. They need it because hybrids typically have pretty, okay really weak engines. The C-Max, however, musters an astonishing 188 horsepower and, therefore, doesn’t have to suffer all the same losses as typical hybrids. The result: heavier doors due to more insulation. It’s a small thing, but it makes a big difference.
  • Electric Motors: Upon turning over the ignition, it almost feels like the car doesn’t start. It feels freaky, but it’s because the car can operate at times solely on the electric motors. So sometimes when it sounds like the engine isn’t even running, it’s because the engine isn’t even running.
  • Active Noise Cancellation: Now we’re getting fancy. Apparently, tuning a car efficiently often comes at the cost of extremely loud engine noise. Because of that, car makers typically have to sacrifice some efficiency for the sake of the passenger’s delicate ears. Ford’s C-Max, however, features special modules that send out a frequency to silence engine noise. That way, the Ford engineers could tune for the highest level of efficiency without compromising the driver and passengers’ comfort level.

So there it is. The C-Max is extremely quiet, and I love it.

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