Ford Mustang Mach-E vs. Tesla Model Y

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After graduating from GMI with a bunch of other car geeks, Matt Pilgrim spent time in many areas of the auto industry - manufacturing, durability testing of prototypes, and collaborating with stylists to engineer exterior components for cars such as the NSX. Turning his attention to journalism, he brings together his engineering background and passion for cars and has written for several automotive publications and sites, including The Car Connection and his own site, Pilgrim Motor Press.


, Automotive Editor - October 3, 2023
Tesla Model Y

The Ford Mustang Mach-E and Tesla Model Y models are no longer the new kids on the block, however, they have remained locked into the heart of the automotive market - the midsize crossover, and in this case, the EV midsize crossover market. Both hit home on the key numbers to deliver comfortable cabins, impressive performance, and a reasonable price, however, the key differences lie between the numbers. Let’s dig in.

Ford Mustang Mach-E vs. Tesla Model Y Price

2024 Ford Mustang Mach-E

There’s a very present pricing war going on as these two models are competing for the same market share and are willing to turn whatever knobs they need to meet production targets to satisfy investors.

Typical pricing for the Ford Mustang Mach-E starts at just over $48,000 and can reach $77,000 for a performance variant. The Tesla Model Y's pricing also starts around $50,000 (at the time of this writing) for the base long-range model and about $55,000 for the performance model. Adding the extended battery pack on the Mustang Mach-E and all-wheel drive (to match the set-up of the Model Y) requires another $10,500.

Beyond the price fluctuations that can show up at a moment’s notice, the government (local and federal) rebates will most likely be able to be applied and can result in significant cost savings. Also look for specials and rebates surrounding the purchase and installation of a home charger.

Ford Mustang Mach-E vs. Tesla Model Y Performance

Tesla Model Y Charging Station

Anyone who has driven an EV understands the performance potential, especially at low speed, that can be unleashed with a moment’s notice. The Mustang Mach-E and the Tesla Model Y can deliver 0-60 mph sprints of less than 4 seconds, however, the conversation usually transitions from straight-line speed into more practical considerations such as range and efficiency. In the court of EPA estimates, the least expensive Tesla Model Y offers 279 miles of range versus the 247-mile range of the Mustang Mach-E - add all-wheel drive to match the Tesla’s drivetrain, and you’re going to see that decrease to 211 miles of range.

The best long-distance Mustang Mach-E model can deliver 312 miles and the best Model Y can achieve 330 miles of range. The performance GT trim of the Mach-E takes a hit to only 270 miles while the fastest Model Y can still achieve 303 miles of range (while still being faster). The Tesla is also the energy-efficiency champ with a rating of up to 123 MPGe, beating out Ford’s best of 103 MPGe. Again, the Mach-E GT suffers with a drop to 82 MPGe while the Model Y Performance’s 111 MPGe shows there is less of a tradeoff for performance.

Ford has joined forces with Tesla to offer access to a much-needed reliable (using the reliability of gas stations as a baseline) network of fast charging stations via Tesla’s Supercharger network beginning in 2024. The Model Y can take on about 200 miles in as little as 15 minutes, beating out the Mach-E’s claim of 10%-80% (~200 miles) in about 45 minutes.

Ford Mustang Mach-E vs. Tesla Model Y Specs

The Mustang Mach-E measures 186 inches in length and 74.1 inches wide which is about one inch shy of the Tesla Model Y in both values. The two are essentially equal in height too at 64 inches.

Inside, the Mach-E seats a maximum of five, and those in the back will find 38.1 inches of legroom and 38.2 inches of headroom. The Model Y provides 40.5 inches of legroom and 39.4 inches and even offers a third row for seating up to seven.

Ford Mustang Mach-E vs. Tesla Model Y Cargo Space

Tesla Model Y Cargo

Cargo space is found on both ends of these models, however, the Mach-E’s frunk is less easy to access. Still, the hatchback shape of both offers a spacious cargo area with 29.7 cubic feet of space behind the rear seat and expands to 59.7 cubic feet with the seats folded in the Ford versus Tesla’s 30.2 cubic feet and 72.1 cubic feet, respectively.

Ford Mustang Mach-E vs. Tesla Model Y Technology

2024 Ford Mustang Mach-E Dashboard

The success (styling-wise) of Tesla button-minimal layout convinced Ford to deliver its own take on a screen-heavy layout that includes a 10.2-inch horizontal digital display and a 15.5-inch central touchscreen in a portrait-style layout.

It’s not as radical as the Model Y’s single 15-inch landscape touchscreen display that is used for everything from the speedometer to the headlight controls. Both models are well equipped with the latest in connectivity features, navigation, and wireless charging pads. Notably, Tesla continues to decline to include Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and SiriusXM (both included in the Ford).

Which Is Better: Ford Mustang Mach-E or Tesla Model Y?

By the numbers, the Tesla Model Y provides an excellent balance of EV performance, cost, practicality, and technology, however, it’s different way of thinking, such as announcing sudden significant price reductions or offering limited personalization options might have others looking for something more familiar and built with a level of customization that one might expect. If you desire something that can offer more flair, the Mustang Mach-E will be quicker to raise its hand.

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, Automotive Editor

After graduating from GMI with a bunch of other car geeks, Matt Pilgrim spent time in many areas of the auto industry - manufacturing, durability testing of prototypes, and collaborating with stylists to engineer exterior components for cars such as the NSX. Turning his attention to journalism, he brings together his engineering background and passion for cars and has written for several automotive publications and sites, including The Car Connection and his own site, Pilgrim Motor Press.


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