Thanks again, everyone! We are going to test drive it tomorrow. I just hope we can find one in the color & features we want. Why must 90% of all cars come with black interiors????
Allow me to mirror this. I drive a C-MAX Energi and a 2011 Ford Taurus SEL. Yes, the 6-cylinder engine and big trunk of the Taurus are draws for long cruises, but maxing out at 21-22 MPG even on highways (and getting more like 16 locally) means I take the C-MAX whenever I can, even for long drives. This past weekend, we put two large suitcases and a bunch of other stuff in the back of the C-MAX, two adult-sized kids in the back seat, my wife and me in the front seats, and drove a few hundred miles into (and then back out of) the mountains. Other than having my rear view blocked (anyone know of a hack that would let me leave the rear-facing camera on all the time as a substitute rearview mirror?), the C-MAX was a great vehicle for the trip, and even though it was fully loaded and the high-capacity battery was depleted *and* much of my trip was uphill, I still managed 43-ish MPG on the way there, and significantly better coming home because of the downhill segments and EV in the frequent traffic. Everyone had headroom, everyone had legroom, the stuff fit, the A/C worked great, I didn't need to stop for gas even without a charge, and I wasn't stiff or sore when I emerged from the drive either way.
Have you considered an aftermarket backup camera? You can get one for $50ish on Amazon.