2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E

2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E Test Drive Review: A New Kind Of Icon

When Ford decided to slap the Mustang name on an electric crossover, it ruffled more than a few feathers; comment sections erupted with "how dare they call it a Mustang," and general outrage, but for better or worse, the naming decision got people talking about the Mustang Mach-E. We haven't reviewed an SUV that garnered this much attention in one week, with everyone asking us what we thought of it. Though it bears the Mustang name, the Mach-E shares little in common with its two-door pony car sibling. This isn't necessarily a bad thing, as the Mach-E arrives with a very different purpose in mind; make the electric car cool.

Just as the original Mustang offered a sports car experience at an affordable price, the Ford Mach-E hopes to attract more buyers into the EV lifestyle by showing them that an electric drivetrain can be fun. The Mach-E roughly competes with other EV crossovers like the Tesla Model Y and Volkswagen ID.4, though it's far cheaper than the former and a bit pricier than the latter. Remember, just because a vehicle is electric, that doesn't instantly make it a Tesla rival.

The Mach-E launches with two battery sizes, single-motor rear-wheel-drive or dual-motor all-wheel-drive drivetrains, and four trim levels. Each one gets varying horsepower and driving range outputs, spanning from 266 to 480 horsepower in the GT, and up to 305 miles of range. It may not feel like a classic Mustang, but after testing a Premium Extended Range Battery model with AWD, the Mach-E is now our favorite affordable EV on the market.

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The Mach-E is an entirely new product, using one of the most famous model names in the history of the automobile industry. So why use the Mustang name? Ford wanted the Mach-E to be cool, and what's cooler than a Mustang SUV? According to the latest 2021 figures, Tesla is currently the sixth most valuable car brand in the US. Ford is in eighth place. If you want to take on a brand that sits just below Porsche, you need a strong name. And that's why Ford uses the strongest, most valuable word in its arsenal.

Apart from the apparent design cues, Ford's Mach-E may not have much in common with the Mustang, but it is an impressive electric car. There are four models, with outputs ranging from 266 horsepower to 480 hp. The entry-spec model costs $42,895, while at the top-end of the range, you'll need to lay out over $65k for a GT Performance Edition model. A limited Mustang Mach-E First Edition was also sold but this model quickly sold out.

Pros and Cons

  • Handsome design
  • Upmarket interior
  • Quiet cabin
  • Rapid acceleration
  • Relatively affordable
  • Mustang purists are upset
  • The range isn't class-leading
  • Not as fun as a regular Mustang
  • Lacking a few premium features
  • Technology has a few hiccups

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2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E Trims

See trim levels and configurations:

Trim Engine Transmission Drivetrain Price (MSRP)
Select
Electric
Single Speed Automatic
Rear-Wheel Drive
All-Wheel Drive
$42,895
Premium
Electric
Single Speed Automatic
Rear-Wheel Drive
All-Wheel Drive
$47,600
California Route 1
Electric
Single Speed Automatic
Rear-Wheel Drive
$50,400
GT
Electric
Single Speed Automatic
All-Wheel Drive
$59,900

Mustang Mach-E Exterior

As we explained earlier, Ford had an excellent reason for making its first mass-produced EV a Mustang-badged crossover. It has a strong name and a four-door bodystyle that sells more than most. When we first heard the news, we thought it would never work. We were wrong. The Mach-E is stunning, and more of a design success than most crossover coupes. The swept-back headlights are aggressive, while the rear light clusters are the most apparent carry-over from the regular Mustang. If you look at the Mach-E from the side, you'll notice the rear door handles are hidden, and the roof swoops down into a set of pronounced hips.

Another interesting design feature is the lack of a Ford badge. Instead, the Mach-E carries the famous Mustang emblem on the front and rear. Alloy wheel sizes range from 18 inches on the base model through to 20 inches on the range-topping trim. A panoramic fixed-glass roof is standard on California Route 1 and Premium trims and optional on the GT. The top two trims have a hands-free, foot-activated liftgate that makes loading cargo a lot easier. LED reflector headlamps with auto high beams on the lower two trims make way for signature headlamp lighting on upper trims.

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Dimensions

Using other Ford models as a reference in terms of size, the Mach-E sits between the Escape and the Explorer. The overall length is 185.6 inches (186.7 inches for the GT) and it rides on a 117.5-inch wheelbase. The overall width is 74.1 inches, and it stands 64 inches tall - California Route 1 and GT models are slightly shorter at 63.5 inches. Ford doesn't provide weight figures, but independent tests have shown that a Mach-E with two electric motors weighs in the 4,800-pound region. Compared to the Tesla Model Y, the Mustang is heavier and slightly shorter. On the other hand, its wheelbase is an impressive 3.7 inches longer. That matters, as a longer wheelbase usually results in more interior space for passengers.

  • Length 186.0 in
  • Wheelbase 117.0 in
  • Height 63.0 in
  • Front Width 64.0 in
  • Rear Width 64.0 in
  • Curb Weight 4,394.0 lbs

Exterior Colors

Select, Premium, and California Route 1 models have the same color palette. Unfortunately, it's only six colors strong, and we would have liked more options. No-cost colors include Dark Matter Gray, Shadow Black, Iconic Silver, and Space White. Rapid Red Tinted Clearcoat costs $400, while Star White Tri-Coat adds $600 to the price. The GT model adds two stunning colors. Grabber Blue is a no-cost option, while Cyber Orange Tri-Coat retails for $600. We typically hate boring colors, but the Mach-E's Iconic Silver lives up to its name, and truly accentuates the curves. A black painted roof can be added on to GT trims.

  • Rapid Red Metallic Tinted Clearcoat
  • Infinite Blue Metallic Tinted Clearcoat
  • Star White Metallic Tri-Coat
  • Cyber Orange Metallic Tricoat
  • Space White Metallic
  • Grabber Blue Metallic
  • Iconic Silver Metallic
  • Dark Matter Gray Matallic
  • Shadow Black
  • Carbonized Gray Metallic

Mustang Mach-E Performance

The Mach-E's range is trickier to decipher than Elon Musk's tweets. It's available in rear-wheel-drive or all-wheel-drive, with either a standard range (SR) or an extended range (ER) battery. The entry-level Select model has 266 horsepower, but the torque figure depends on whether it has SR or ER batteries. The Select has 317 lb-ft of torque in SR RWD guise and 428 lb-ft in SR AWD format. With standard range batteries, the Premium has the same power output as the Select. However, in this specification, you can opt for extended-range batteries, in which case the power increases to 290 hp with RWD and 346 hp with AWD. The torque figures are 317 and 428 lb-ft, respectively. The California Route 1 is available with an extended range battery and RWD only, packing 290 hp and 317 lb-ft of torque with a slightly longer battery life than the Premium RWD model. The Mach-E GT has proper Mustang power credentials. It's also available with an extended range battery only and packs a 480 hp/600 lb-ft punch. Opt for the Performance Edition, and the torque increases to 634 lb-ft.

As you know, one of the benefits of going electric is instantaneous power delivery. Couple that with AWD and a low center of gravity, and you have a car that can hurl itself at the horizon with puke-inducing ferocity. Ford claims the GT Performance Edition can get from 0 to 60 mph in 3.5 seconds. That's nearly as quick as a 760-hp Shelby GT500. The slowest of the bunch is the base Premium and the California Route 1, which take 6.1 seconds to get to 60 mph. The average is around 5.5 seconds across the range with the Premium ER eAWD hitting 60 mph in only 4.8 seconds, which is very Mustang-like.

It's worth pointing out that the Mach-E will easily outpace any regular Mustang in the right conditions. Unlike Vin Diesel, the rest of us don't live our lives a quarter-mile at a time. We live in the everyday world, where you'll likely encounter someone in a Mustang GT Coupe. They'll challenge you to a quick burst of acceleration, in which case they'll lose badly. You see, while the GT is busy dropping a gear or two, you're already three car lengths ahead thanks to that instant torque.

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Engine and Transmission

Each electric motor is paired to a single-speed transmission. In RWD models, the electric motor is located at the rear. A smaller electric motor with a single-speed transmission is bolted to the front axle in standard AWD models. Only the GT gets two full-fat motors, resulting in that impressive 480-hp output. With no conventional transmission, acceleration is seamless and instantaneous at any speed.

The eAWD models aren't all-wheel drive like we're used to. There is no mechanical coupling, and the electric motors operate entirely independently. We're used to talking about torque being split between the two axles, mainly in a basic 50:50 arrangement. In the Mach-E, you can theoretically have the rear motor running at 100%, while the front provides 70% of its power. Thankfully, Ford's engineers were smart enough to know that a system like this needs an intelligent operating system, so the drivetrain mimics a typical setup.

  • Engines
    Electric, Twincharged
  • Transmission
    Single Speed Automatic
  • Drivetrains
    AWD, RWD

Handling and Driving Impressions

For our test, Ford handed us the keys to a Mach-E Premium eAWD with the Extended Range Battery. This is the quickest non-GT Mach-E with 346 hp, 428 lb-ft, and a 4.8-second 0-60 mph time. There is a quicker GT model coming, but we thought this Mach-E felt fast enough. Instead of Eco, Normal, and Sport modes, Ford calls the Mach-E's drive settings Whisper, Engage, and Unbridled. Whisper feels pretty tame, but Engage enables instant throttle response with only slight pokes at the throttle. While the Mach-E is pretty quick from 0 to 60 mph, we were more impressed with the 30 to 60 mph time. This car can jump out into practically any gap in traffic more easily than a much more powerful gas-powered vehicle.

With no engine under the hood, the Mach-E cruises silently with only a low whine from the electric motors. Ford includes an optional humming sound from the speakers, which can be toggled on or off depending on your preference. We found the sound to be quite soothing, making the Mach-E feel more like a gas-powered vehicle. While a bit on the busy side, the suspension feels compliant enough for a daily driver, and softer than a comparable Tesla vehicle. We look forward to trying the Mach-E GT, which will get Ford's impressive magnetic dampers.

Speaking of the suspension, we need to address the elephant in the room; the Mach-E doesn't really drive like a Mustang. It's an electric crossover that shares nothing in common with the Mustang, so this shouldn't come as much of a surprise. The handling is more impressive than most mainstream crossovers, thanks to the low center of gravity, but the skinny tires and average suspension does not inspire much driving pleasure when pushed hard through a bend. The steering doesn't offer much feedback, but feels more connected than a Tesla Model Y. It's a commendable driving experience, but far from a thrill ride. The Mach-E GT should improve on this formula with magnetic ride and wider tires with more grip. In its standard form, the Mach-E should leave most drivers pleased, but current Mustang owners may be disappointed.

Mustang Mach-E Gas Mileage

The EPA doesn't provide model-specific output figures but rather estimates for the various powertrain combinations. For example, a standard range RWD model has EPA-estimated figures of 105/93/100 MPGe city/highway/combined and a claimed range of 230 miles. A RWD model with an extended range battery is capable of 104/90/97 MPGe, while the range increases to 300 miles. The SR AWD will manage 100/86/93 MPGe, but only has 211 miles of range. An ER with AWD does 96/84/90 MPGe, with a claimed range of 270 miles. Our AWD ER tester traveled around 280 miles on a full charge. The model with the best range is the RWD California Route 1, which can go 305 miles and has MPGe figures of 108/94/101 city/highway/combined.

Compared to Tesla, the electric Mustang Mach-E is still behind. A Long Range Model Y can do 326 miles, while the Performance goes 303 miles. In terms of charging, the Mach-E can recoup energy faster than the Tesla, with up to a 150 kW DC fast charge capability. Ford claims a 10 to 80% recharge in about 45 minutes, depending on the battery size. A mobile charger is included with the purchase of a Mach-E and can add around 20 miles of range per hour with a 240V outlet. This can be improved by opting for a Ford Connected Charging station, with 30 miles of range added per hour based on an ER, RWD model.

Mustang Mach-E Interior

Tesla may still offer better range figures across the Model Y lineup, but Ford has the opportunity to claw back some points once you climb inside. Some Teslas are still rough around the edges and suffer from a few quality issues, but besides the Mustang Mach-E's cabin being good to look at, it shows no signs of cost-cutting. Ford mimicked Tesla by offering a massive touchscreen interface but it looks stunning and works well, although we did encounter a few glitches. We should note, one small vent panel came off on our test vehicle, though it was easily fixable. The interior is also spacious, with generous room for front and rear occupants, while standard features like dual-zone climate control and wireless phone charging are included on every trim.

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Seating and Interior Space

The Mustang Mach-E is strictly a five-seat vehicle with no third-row option like the Tesla Model Y. We are happy Ford didn't try to cram in a third row, as five occupants will fit into the Mach-E comfortably. Front occupants receive a generous 43.3 inches of legroom, while the rear passengers get a commodious 38.1 inches. Speaking of those front seats, they are very comfortable but lack the side bolstering we'd expect from a Mustang. Combined legroom is slightly below the Tesla Model Y, but not by much. Rear comfort is aided by a flat floor, making it possible to sit in the middle seat comfortably.

  • Seating capacity
    5-seater
  • Front Leg Room 41.6 in
  • Front Head Room 38.8 in
  • Rear Leg Room 38.1 in
  • Rear Head Room 38.2 in

Interior Colors and Materials

The Select and California Route 1 models come with ActiveX Black Onyx leatherette as standard. Premium specification upgrades to perforated ActiveX leatherette, available in Onyx Black or Light Space Gray. The GT comes standard with Black Onyx ActiveX leatherette with Miko inserts and copper metallic stitching. Opt for the Performance Edition, and you get Performance Gray perforated ActiveX leatherette with Miko inserts. Oddly, all models come with a soft vinyl steering wheel. The lack of leather is likely an attempt to make the Mach-E as environmentally and cow-friendly as possible. Instead of wood and carbon fiber, Ford plays around with unique, high-quality plastic in various textures.

Mustang Mach-E Trunk and Cargo Space

The Mach-E uses a standard electric skateboard layout, which means the batteries are mounted low down between the wheels. This allows for a flat floor and more storage space since there isn't an engine under the hood. The rear trunk offers a generous 29.7 cubic feet (26.6 cubes in the GT) of cargo capacity and the smaller frunk another 4.7 cubes. Cargo space behind the front row is rated at 59.7 cubes, which drops slightly to 59.5 cubes in the GT Performance Edition and 54.7 cubes in the regular GT. Most models offer 64.4 cubes of total cargo capacity when you include the frunk. This is slightly less than the Tesla Model Y, which has a total cargo capacity of 68 cubic feet.

The Ford's frunk is particularly useful, especially for a quick trip to the store. It's divided into small compartments, perfect for storing items that you don't want rolling around. It's also water-resistant and has a drain which makes it easy to clean out.

In-cabin storage is ample. Front passengers get dual cupholders, with space for storing two phones in front of that. Underneath the smartphone storage is another ample storage space. The Mach-E also has a hidden compartment underneath the center armrest. Rear passengers get the regular door pockets and cupholders hidden in the center seatback.

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Mustang Mach-E Infotainment and Features

Features

From the base spec upwards, the Mach-E is handsomely equipped. There's a vertical 15.5-inch touchscreen interface responsible for operating all the main features. All models come with a keyless entry keypad, wireless phone charging, a 10.2-inch digital instrument cluster, various USB ports in the front and rear, dual-zone climate control, and intelligent access with push-button start. Premium and GT models get heated front seats and a heated steering wheel, as well as multicolor ambient lighting. From a safety perspective, all models have Ford's Co-Pilot360 2.0 suite, which includes auto high beams, blind-spot monitoring with cross-traffic alert, lane keep assist, pre-collision assist with automatic emergency braking, post-collision braking, a rearview camera, reverse brake assist, and reverse sensing. Together with this, intelligent adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go, lane centering, speed sign recognition, intersection assist, and evasive steering is also standard across the range. California Route 1 and Premium variants get a surround-view monitor, active park assist, and BlueCruise as standard, while base and top-end models can opt this on separately. This is a hands-free highway driving feature which will be implemented in the near future via over-the-air updates. A panoramic roof is fitted to California Route 1 and Premium trims, and is available to the GT-spec models, too.

Infotainment

All Mach-E trims come with a massive 15.5-inch touchscreen infotainment screen which is powered by Ford's SYNC4A software. Interacting with the screen isn't difficult, but we found some of the menu layouts to be less than intuitive. SYNC4 includes wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, SiriusXM with 360L, MP3 compatibility, plus the ability to pair with two Bluetooth devices. We encountered a few hiccups with the wireless CarPlay compatibility but noticed the system worked better when plugged in with a cord. These minor glitches should go away with time, as SYNC4 can receive software updates over the air. A secondary 10.2-inch instrument display shows the vehicle speed and charge information, and is a nice addition that isn't present on competing Tesla models.

The Mach-E Select and California Route 1 models have six speakers as standard, upgraded to a 10-speaker Bang & Olufsen unit on Premium and GT models such as our tester. This includes a subwoofer; the system as a whole sounded nice but wasn't really exceptional.

Mustang Mach-E Problems and Reliability

The Mach-E has only been around for a few months, and so far, there has been one recall. It concerns loose subframe bolts that may reduce the vehicle's performance in the event of a crash. Our Mach-E arrived needing a dealer-installed software update that reportedly addresses glitches on the main touchscreen. Unfortunately, we were unable to receive the update during our review period. Our tester also suffered a minor issue with the keyless entry, where the doors wouldn't unlock without pushing the buttons on the key fob or using the Ford app. The software update would have likely solved this problem.

All Mach-E models come with a three-year/36,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty and an eight-year/100,000-mile warranty for the battery.

Warranty

  • Basic:
    3 Years \ 36,000 Miles
  • Drivetrain:
    5 Years \ 60,000 Miles
  • Corrosion:
    5 Years \ Unlimited Miles
  • Hybrid/Electric Components:
    2 Years \ 24,000 Miles
  • Roadside Assistance:
    5 Years \ 60,000 Miles

Mustang Mach-E Safety

The NHTSA has not subjected the Mustang Mach-E to review just yet, but the IIHS has. It was awarded a 2021 Top Safety Pick award, but this rating applies to the high-end models only, however. The Select and California Route 1 trims lose out because of a Marginal rating for their headlights. Still, the Mach-E received six top scores of Good for all crash tests done by the IIHS. For the record, the Mach-E's main rival, the Tesla Model Y, received a full five stars on all tests the NHTSA subjected it to.

Key Safety Features

In terms of safety, the range is covered by a forward sensing system, rain-sensing wipers, and a full complement of nine airbags, including a driver's knee and side curtain airbags. Thanks to a new high-resolution camera system, Ford was able to update its famous Co-Pilot 360 safety systems. Co-Pilot 360 2.0 is standard across the range and includes auto high beams, blind-spot alert with cross-traffic alert, lane keep assist, pre-collision warning with automatic emergency braking, post-collision braking, a rearview camera, reverse brake assist, and a reverse sensing system. Other standard driver-assist features include intelligent adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go, lane centering, speed sign recognition, intersection assist, and evasive steering assist. Later this year, the Mach-E will gain use of Ford's new Blue Cruise system, which enables hands-free driving on marked highways. Premium and California Route 1 models have a surround-view camera, which can be optioned on to the other two trims. These models also have active parking assist.

Verdict: 🏁Is the 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E a good SUV?

After driving the 2021 Mustang Mach-E for a week, we came away with some clear conclusions. First, this vehicle does not feel like a traditional Mustang, but it doesn't matter. Calling it a Mustang got consumers talking about the Mach-E, so this move was a brilliant success. Second, though it's electric, the Ford Mustang Mach-E is not a direct rival for the Tesla Model Y. The least expensive Model Y now starts at $53,990 but the cheapest Mach-E is only $42,895. Added to that, the Ford still qualifies for a $7,500 federal tax credit, while Tesla does not. Even taking price out of the equation, the Mach-E feels like a more premium product with a better driving experience.

If we were in the market for an affordable EV, the electric Ford SUV would be at the top of our list. It's more expensive than the Volkswagen ID.4, but the Mach-E's larger size, higher performance, and sportier styling make it worth the price tag. Tesla still has Ford pegged with range and charging network, but since most charging is done at home, we think the Mach-E is suitable for most drivers. The Ford Mustang Mach-E achieves its intended mission; it gets buyers excited about choosing an EV.

🚘What's the Price of the 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E?

The base Select model has an MSRP of $42,895, and upgrading to AWD costs an additional $2,700. The Premium spec's pricing starts at $47,600 for the SR RWD. AWD retails for $2,700 more, while an ER battery with RWD adds $5,000 to the price. Adding both AWD and the ER battery costs an additional $7,700.

The California Route 1 specification is only available in RWD format with an extended range battery and retails for $50,400. The base GT costs $59,900, and upgrading to the Performance Edition adds $5,000 to the price. These prices don't take the $7,500 federal tax credit into consideration, and exclude Ford's destination charge of $1,100.

2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E Models

The Ford Mustang Mach-E is available in a choice of four trims: Select, Premium, California Route 1, and GT. With various drivetrains and both Standard Range (SR) and Extended Range (ER) battery packs on offer, there are many individual configurations to choose from. A limited First Edition model with an ER battery, AWD, red brake calipers, and unique First Edition scuff plates was offered but it sold out very quickly.

The Mach-E range kicks off with the base Select. It's only available with the standard range battery in RWD or AWD configurations. Standard features for this model include 18-inch alloy wheels, SYNC4 with enhanced voice recognition and connected navigation, Phone as a Key, a 10.2-inch digital instrument cluster, and a 15.5-inch touchscreen interface. Wireless phone charging and a six-speaker sound system are standard.

The Premium specification is available in SR RWD, SR eAWD, ER RWD, and ER eAWD configurations. Standard items include 19-inch alloy wheels, a hands-free liftgate, LED projector headlamps with signature lighting, heated front seats, a heated steering wheel, power-folding mirrors, memory for the driver's seat, and a 10-speaker B&O sound system.

Next, the California Route 1 specification is meant to get the most miles out of the Mach-E. It comes standard with an extended range battery and RWD. Its 18-inch alloy wheels come with covers to enhance aerodynamics. This trim also gets BlueCruise, Active Park Assist, a 360-degree camera system, a fixed-glass panoramic roof, and model-specific badges.

At the top of the range, the GT is available with the standard high-output powertrain or a Performance Edition model that ups the torque; it is only available in eAWD guise. Standard features include 20-inch alloy wheels, an upgraded secondary motor, GT badges, red brake calipers, and sporty front seats with Miko inserts and metallic stitching.

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Additional Packages

There are two notable packages available for the Select trim. First, you can order the $2,300 Comfort/ Appearance Package which adds 19-inch wheels, a black-painted roof, a hands-free power tailgate, heated front seats and steering wheel, and power-folding mirrors, to name just a few. The $3,200 Comfort/Technology Package adds BlueCruise, active park assist, a 360-degree camera, a cargo area cover, a hands-free power tailgate, and heating for the front seats and steering wheel. Since the Premium already includes the items in the above-mentioned packages, all that's available to it is a small Interior Protection Package for $240, which adds a cargo area protector and floor liners in the front and rear - this is available to all trims. The same applies to the California Route 1.

For GT models, the panoramic fixed-glass roof can be fitted for $1,300, and the safety suite can be bolstered by adding the Ford Co-Pilot360 Active 2.0 and a 360-degree camera for $1,900. The Performance Edition itself is an upgrade for the GT trim sold as a package, and increases the torque to 634 lb-ft. It adds $5,000 to the price of the standard GT. Finally, the GT also has the option of a black painted roof for $385.

🚗What Ford Mustang Mach-E Model Should I Buy?

For the performance-obsessed speed junkies who lust after Tesla's ludicrous 0-60 times, we suggest going for the Mach-E GT, which will improve upon this car's performance credentials. For everyone else, the standard Mach-E is plenty quick. We suggest upgrading to the Premium model, as it enables buyers to get the extended range battery. The RWD model prioritizes range at 300 miles, while the eAWD model is preferable for cold climates or buyers wanting a bit more performance - plus, it still offers an acceptable 270-mile range. An ER RWD costs $52,600 and eAWD brings the price to $55,300 before taking into account the tax credit.

2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E Comparisons

Tesla Model Y Tesla
Tesla Model 3 Tesla
CompetitorHorsepowerMPGPrice (MSRP)
Ford Mustang Mach-E266 hpTBC$42,895
Tesla Model Y 131/117 mpg$39,990
Tesla Model 3 148/132 mpg$39,990

2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E vs Tesla Model Y

The Ford Mustang Mach-E SUV competes closely with the Model Y, although the Ford starts at over $10,000 less and that's before you consider the tax credit for which Tesla models no longer qualify. But Tesla is way ahead in two critical departments. First, Tesla's battery packs are more advanced, offering more range and that's without mentioning the added benefit of the massive Supercharger network. It also has a larger trunk and it's available in seven-seater guise, even if those third-row seats are pitifully small.

The Ford is better at being a comfortable car, however. It's leagues ahead when it comes to interior quality. Build quality is better, and that's the Mach-E's most significant advantage. It looks and feels like it was built by a manufacturer that knows what it's doing. Tesla's quality control problems are well-known at this point. As we write this, a Tesla owner's video has gone viral on TikTok: He picked up his brand-new Model S, only to have the airbag come loose from the new yoke steering wheel. Tesla still has some teething problems ahead, in our opinion, for problems Ford found solutions to decades ago. So for that reason, we'd have the Ford. That, and the fact that it looks sublime.

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2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E vs Tesla Model 3

The Model 3 is the most successful EV in the USA. It's no secret that Ford wants a slice of that action. Like the Model Y, Tesla is ahead in one crucial department: range. But that's the only advantage it has. The Ford is bigger and it has that stylish, highly desirable SUV exterior. Unlike the Model Y, Tesla offers a cheaper Model 3 alternative in the shape of the Standard Range Plus. It starts at under $40,000, has a 263-mile range, and gets to 60 mph in 5.3 seconds, making it quicker than the base Mach-E. For less than the Mach-E GT, the Model S Performance is both quicker and can go further on a full charge. The Model 3 has a comfortable and spacious interior but the Tesla's crossover body gives it a lot more cargo space. These are two excellent EVs but we'll give the edge to the Ford for its more diverse range, its stylish exterior, and its build quality.

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