Since I have the luxury of two Ford C-Maxen "Ox= Oxen"?) in my driveway while my daughter is away for foreign study, I'd be happy to compare and contrast them. Ot's pretty rare to see two of these cars side-by-side, at least in Denver. By daughter's is a 2014 Hybrid SEL; not to be outdone, I bought a 2017 Titanium, or as I like to say, an NRGTi.
Some if the differences are obvious, but subtle. "The headlights have eyebrows," she pointed out, and it's true, there's a slim chrome trim bar above the lights, ribbed like lashes. The LED daytime running lights are a stroke of genius, a simple shape with a dihedral tilt that adds drama (if only the grille work was designed with such clean restraint!). At the back, the taillights gain their own chrome eyebrows. Like a classic 50's Ford restyling job: "add new headlights and throw some chrome at it, and call it done." Still, I'm happy for the changes.
Two small changes in the new interior add immensely to my enjoyment of the new model. But they're so subtle and unsung that it took me a week to notice them:
- On the vents at either end of the dash, the old car has a fixed downward outlet that can't be aimed anywhere but your outboard leg, creating a draft when the AC is on high. The 2017's vents can be aimed upward or outward, fixing this flaw.
- The (DISP) button below and to the right of the volume knob does the most wonderful thing! Pressing it toggles the central display screen on and off, providing a dark, non-distracting view at night, or anytime I'm more concerned with being connected to the road or the scenery than to the 'net. On the old model, this button has no control function, just a simple indicator light for the lock and alarm system.
Anyone else notice these changes, or others?