Ford Mustang Mach-E vs. Tesla Model Y

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Willis is a freelance writer based out of Philadelphia. Born and raised in Colorado, he graduated from Williams College. When he's not writing about cars or the outdoors, he spends his time rock climbing or reading with his two cats.


, Automotive Editor - March 11, 2021

The market for electric cars is heating up. Tesla enjoyed a dominant spell as one of the first brands making luxury all-electric models, but the major players are catching up. Ford is the latest to enter the race with the 2021 Mustang Mach-E, and it has the Tesla Model Y squarely in its crosshairs.

We pitted these two electrified crossovers against each other to find out which reigns supreme. Read on for a comparison of some of the key features. We'll also have links to our comparison tool where you see specs side-by-side, as well as detailed overviews and reviews for both of these EVs.

See a side-by-side comparison of the Ford Mustang Mach-E & the Tesla Model Y »

What the Mach-E Gets Right

Bringing the Mustang nameplate to an electric car is a tall order — the iconic muscle car has always had charisma to spare. The Mach-E compares better than you might expect, and to our eyes, it’s more stylish than the Model Y. The long, creased hood is a nod to the classic Mustang shape, and the body is svelte and athletic.

The Mach-E is fast, too. The GT trim handles the 0-60 sprint in under 4 seconds, enough to keep up with the Model Y and embarrass supercars at stoplights. Where the Mach-E sets itself apart is the handling, which is nimbler and more stable than the Model Y.

Practicality is comparable between the two, and the Mach-E will hold around 65 cubic feet of cargo between its cabin and frunk. Build quality, however, is a win for Ford. The materials are worthy of the price, and the Mach-E feels well put together.

While the Mach-E has a higher starting price, it justifies the cost with an outstanding set of standard features. An impressive infotainment system and wireless charging come standard, and unlike the minimalist Tesla, the Mach-E provides the driver with a conventional digital gauge display.

What the Model Y Gets Right

The Model Y’s greatest assets are its batteries. It remains the most efficient crossover currently made, with an astonishing EPA rating of 125 combined MPGe. The Long Range model can travel up to 326 miles on a charge, and even the base model can do 244. The Mach-E comes close, but maxes out at 300 miles.

Tesla’s charging network is another argument in favor of the Model Y. In many locations, Tesla Superchargers still outnumber Level 2 chargers. The Model Y can recharge up to 162 miles of range in 15 minutes, which makes it much more appealing on long road trips.

The Model Y has a slightly lower starting price, though the gap disappears in higher trims. Both models come with impressive safety and autonomy tech, but the Model Y has a few tricks the Mach-E can’t match, like being able to summon your car in a parking lot. These features (along with Tesla’s “self-driving” systems) do raise the Model Y’s price significantly.

The Way Forward

Both of these cars are impressive visions of the future of driving. Both are quick, efficient, and stuffed to the gills with technology. Just as important, both prove that driving an eco-friendly car can be fun and practical.

The differences come down to the details. Tesla’s charging network remains the best (for now), and the Model Y’s range makes it superior on long trips. The Mach-E has the upper hand on build quality, handling, and styling.

Our Verdict: Ford Mustang Mach-E

We won’t blame you if you buy a Model Y. But though the Tesla wins the numbers game, the Mach-E wins our hearts. Its mix of performance, practicality, and personality does the Mustang name proud.

Note that the Mach-E also happens to still be eligible for a full $7,500 federal tax credit. That's no longer the case with the Model Y. As a result, the Mach-E could be more affordable than you think provided you qualify for the full amount.

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, Automotive Editor

Willis is a freelance writer based out of Philadelphia. Born and raised in Colorado, he graduated from Williams College. When he's not writing about cars or the outdoors, he spends his time rock climbing or reading with his two cats.


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