The tech-forward Mustang. The 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E competes in the world of high-tech, modern electric vehicles where the majority of competitors are packing some serious tech features. Ford saw the landscape and crammed everything in its arsenal into the EV.
Every Mach-E comes with a vertically-oriented 15.5-inch touchscreen that’s intuitively laid out. The lower portion constantly shows climate controls, which is a nice touch, as it simplifies things to make it easier to use. Same thing goes for the large, centrally-located volume dial.
In addition to the massive touchscreen, the Mach-E features a 10.2-inch digital instrument cluster, a wireless smartphone charging pad, Ford’s SYNC 4 infotainment system, a wi-fi hot spot, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and FordPass Connect. The latter lets owners use their smartphone to act as a key and monitor the vehicle.
Packed with standard safety features. Beyond high-tech convenience features, the Mach-E also comes with Ford’s latest suite of advanced safety features. Ford Co-Pilot360 and Co-Pilot360 Assist 2.0 are both standard. The former includes blind-spot monitoring, lane keeping assist, automatic emergency braking, rear parking sensors, and forward collision warning. Ford Co-Pilot360 Assist 2.0 includes adaptive cruise control, traffic sign recognition, and VR navigation.
Ford’s latest Co-Pilot360 Active 2.0 system is standard on all but the base Select trim. It’s the automaker’s semi-autonomous system that allows for hands-free driving on certain pre-mapped highways. The system is one of the few on the market that actually lets drivers take their hands off the wheel for an extended period and helps set the Mach-E apart from its competition.
Electrifying performance for modern times. With the Mustang name, Ford had to make sure that the Mach-E had great performance. Even the slowest model can get from zero to 60 mph in just 6.1 seconds. In the quickest GT Performance Edition model, drivers are looking at a 0-60 mph time of just 3.5 seconds. Additionally, range is competitive for the class, as the Mach-E can travel between 211 miles to 300 miles on a single charge, according to the EPA.
The linear acceleration and instant torque delivery of the Mach-E’s electric powertrain may sway some diehard V8 fans over to the electrified future, but the way the crossover handles is also inspiring. The Mach-E’s ride is on the firmer side of things, but that translates to excellent handling around corners. In the EV’s sportiest setting, the Mach-E will even let you get a little sideways.
If there’s one thing we’re not huge fans of, it’s the Mach-E’s drive modes. Well, not the drive modes themselves, but their names. The names of the drive modes include Unbridled, Engage, and Whisper. The names correlate to how the Mach-E performs, with Whisper being the eco-friendly setting and Unbridled being the sportiest. If it were up to us, we’d prefer to have simpler, more straightforward names. Also, Unbridled pipes in fake engine noises into the cabin, which seems odd in an EV.
A Mustang for five. Unlike the regular Mustang, the Mach-E can hold five adults comfortably and a decent amount of cargo. The electric crossover manages to feel sporty from the front two seats, yet spacious and accommodating in the back. The rotary dial knob for the transmission and simplistic design of the cabin also helps it feel airy. Surprisingly, the sloping roofline doesn’t eat into available space in the back, as passengers still have 38.1 inches of rear leg room.
When it comes to cargo capacity, the Mach-E continues to impress. The crossover has 29.7 cubic feet behind the rear seats and a total of 59.7 cubic feet with the rear seats folded. If you need some more cargo space, the front trunk can accommodate 4.8 cubic feet of cargo. It can also double as a cooler for a day at the beach or at a picnic.
Final thoughts. While the 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E really isn’t a Mustang, and it tries too hard to emulate one, it's an astonishing electric vehicle. It doesn’t exactly stand out in one particular area against competitors, but as a complete package, it’s quite hard to beat. More importantly, it delivers on Ford’s promise to be a sporty EV to drive.
This may seem like a small thing, but names matter. We wish Ford had chosen a different name for the Mach-E. It’s not a Mustang; it’s something entirely different. When it comes to charging, if you have a Level 2 charger, you’ll be waiting 14.1 hours to get a full charge. That’s a really, really long time. If you want quicker charge times, you’ll have to upgrade to one of Ford’s available Connected Charge Stations or register for the FordPass Charging Network to access Level 3 DC fast charging.
While more and more EVs are coming out every year, the Mach-E’s two main rivals are the Jaguar I-Pace and the Tesla Model Y. The I-Pace is more expensive, has a range of 234 miles, has a more striking design, more upscale materials, and is more enjoyable to drive around corners, though it’s not as quick in a straight line.
The Model Y is the benchmark in the segment. It offers more cutting-edge features, up to 326 miles of range, and is just as quick in a straight line. Tesla’s track record with build quality hasn’t been great recently, though, and the Model Y suffers from a variety of production issues.
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