I currently drive a 2013 SEL hybrid. I like it a lot. I have been worrying lately about the transmission possibly breaking at this point in the car's life. It has 116k miles.
If/when the day comes that I need to replace the car, I'm giving thought to the energi model. Because of the transmission issue that 13's had, I would only consider 2016 and up. The price for the energi is roughly the same as the hybrid. When buying the hybrid the first time, I sought it out because I figured the battery hump was unacceptable.
I live in a hilly area. Often times when driving, it regens to full and then it cannot regen more. Also, I end up using the ICE engine a lot on some inclines when I'd rather use the EV engine.
Will the presence of a larger capacity battery in the Energi model result in more regen and recapture?
And speaking of which, is it possible that age and inevitable capacity loss of the 1.4 kwh in the hybrid has resulted in the car not capturing as much energy from regen? Would a more recent model CMax get more regen on hilly terrain?