My Week with the Ford C-Max Energi

LogoCmaxWhen I was presented with the opportunity to test drive and blog about a car from Allan Vigil Ford in Morrow, GA, I thought, sure, why not!  My husband, Paul, and I have been talking about trading in our 2003 Saturn Ion for a hybrid this summer. The Saturn has done us well but it’s time to upgrade our one-car family with something that suits our needs now; not to mention a healthier option for the environment.

Living in Atlanta means one thing…you own a car. You plan your trips to the store, dinner, meetings, wherever you go around traffic. It’s a reality we live with every day in this city. And as a busy family of four, we do a great deal of driving despite working from home. Paul and I want something that will not only provide the necessary space we need to haul children, two dogs and ourselves around, but provides us with great fuel economy and environmental piece of mind. Enter Ford’s 2013 C-Max Energi, a hybrid-electric you can plug in…at home!

Here are some of the features we loved during our week with the C-Max Energi:

The Energi comes with a charging port and 3-pronged plug.  It takes about 7 hours to fully recharge using a 120v outlet or under 2.5 hours using a community charging station or a 240v outlet which comes with at-home charging stations. The rim around the outside of the port illuminates to show you the progress. When recharged, the rim is completely blue.


You can drive up to 62 mph in electric mode! Yes, you read that right. They say owning a hybrid-electric changes the way you drive; making you more aware of how you accelerate, brake, turn, even your speed. It’s hard not to watch the gauges as braking returns power to the battery or see how long you can drive without the gas engine kicking in.



This seemingly compact car on the outside is not so compact on the inside. Ideal for bratty little brothers and annoying big sisters. The “no-touching zone” in the C-Max Energi’s backseat is such a relief. It even comes with a “room divider” (aka arm rest/cup holder). My 5’11”, long-legged husband also loved the spacious head and leg room.



Cargo space holds wide boxes as well as the most delicate of plants.

The backseat is a 60/40 split for those times you need to haul large pieces of lumber, like for our raised-bed vegetable garden.


Love the placement of the gear-shift, steering column gauges and center console. All common sense. Something I’ve always found Ford masters beautifully.

For those vertically-challenged people, such as myself, I found the C-Max Energi to be a wonderful compromise between a sedan and an SUV. It’s compact, easy to maneuver and has great acceleration yet it rides higher up off the ground than most small cars. It’s pretty zippy too; an unusual quality in hybrid-electrics.

These features alone will make Ford a competitor in the alternative-power vehicle market.  Shhh…we even test drove another “shall-remain-nameless” hybrid-electric to compare the two cars side-by-side. The C-Max Energi won hands down for our family.


After 7 days of mostly in-town driving, the C-Max Energi had used just over a 1/4 tank of gas. And I mean, JUST over. We averaged about 38-39 mpg. Not bad for two newbies to hybrid-electric driving in Atlanta traffic.

Alas, our week was up and we reluctantly drove the C-Max Energi back down to Allan Vigil.

Thanks to Allan Vigil Ford in Morrow for allowing us to test drive the C-Max Energi! Your wonderful staff was so gracious and helpful, answering all of our questions. Cheers to Allan Vigil Ford for finding our next car!


2013 Ford C-Max Energi


What I Learned Today

A piece I wrote for an educational project called edu180Atlanta.  180 people will write 180 points of view in 250 words or less on learning.  This is my experience…

Biggin Church Ruins-Moncks Corner, SC

The conversation started with, “Mommy, I can’t decide what I want to be when I grow up.  I love SO many things.”

I simply replied, “You don’t have to settle on just one thing. Do whatever makes you happy.” But then I realized, am I taking my own advice?  Up until recently, yes and no.

I love being a writer but do not always love the content I am asked to produce. I had always written for corporations, and while I was doing what I loved, I wasn’t enjoying it to the fullest.  The content was very dry and full of staunch parameters.  It was time for a change. So I began to freelance again.  And although it’s been tough, I am slowly crawling my way back into this world and learning from each experience along the way, from rejection, critique, or joyful acceptance.

Life is full of risks.  Sometimes you have to dabble before you dive in. I too love many things. You don’t have to settle on one career path.  Sometimes your passions converge into a powerful force in your life.  This is what I learned today from my 10 year old daughter’s question and simple realization; do what it is you love, never settle, and this will make you truly successful. My goal: to get my Master’s Degree in Historic Preservation and share my passion for design, old buildings and history with my readers. I might stumble, but I am on my way.

The Lazy Susan, a Most Underrated Table Element

So I was racking my brain on what to call my blog.  I mean, doesn’t EVERYONE have a blog these days.  Seems like it.  Some blogs are informative, some funny, some down right strange.  I wanted my blog to be a bit of all of these.  The main goal of my blog is to just be able to write what I am feeling about the world, my family, and my most favorite subject…history and its preservation.  Boring, right?  Well, maybe. But to me, this blog represents more than just the selfish pursuit of being noticed.  I want to write freely about the things I love, I hate, I wish would change and want to explore.  Hopefully, like a lazy susan, it will all come back around to me in some way.

The lazy susan was always a favorite table decoration and element at my Nana’s house in New Hampshire.  Sometimes she had a vase full of Queen Ann’s Lace or Black Eyed Susans on top of it that we had gathered along the roadside the day before.  I remember so many meals at her formal dining table with the lazy susan at its center holding condiments, silver pieces or food that needed to be passed around.  She detested “the boarding house reach”.  Always one for manners and polite conversation at the dinner table, the lazy susan was the perfect table element to avoid such faux pas of social graces.  By no means was her table restricted to conversation about the weather or children are seen but not heard.  However, we did avoid discussions of a political nature or religion.  The conversation generally centered around what we had done that day in the woods behind her house, the next day’s travel pursuits, and back around to stories of the past.  Much like the lazy susan, conversation always rotated around the table…each person telling a story or a quick quip about something humorous or ironic or in the children’s cases, the adventures in the woods or the restaurant we had created on Nana’s screen porch.   All the while, the lazy susan would spin round and round delivering its treasures to the passerbyer.

I love the lazy susan.   In all its simplicity, it is truly a table element that is most underrated these days.  In fact, I don’t even have one in my home.  I’ve often thought of buying one but just never seem to get around to it.  It almost seems as if I might betray the past by having one of my own.  It holds a special place in my memories of my Nana’s house.  But then again, what goes around, comes around.  I dare say, it might just be a conversation starter as it spins round the table.  So maybe having my own lazy susan for my family to surround itself around will only generate new memories.  I wonder what kind I should buy…hmmm.