One of the most anticipated electric cars of 2020 is the Mustang Mach-E. After a price drop, how does it fare compared to the Tesla Model Y?
This is a very basic comparison aimed at buyers new to the electric car market.
If you’re buying your first EV, Tesla is an easy choice. In America, it’s practically synonymous with electric car and everyone (who’s buying electrics) seems to be buying one.
But Ford has the chance to change that buying dynamic by bringing a storied nameplate to the EV space, the Mustang.
The 2021 Mustang Mach-E is is slated to be available by late this year.
Ford has reduced prices on all four versions of the 2021 Mustang Mach-E ranging between $1,000 for the cheapest trim, the Mach-E Select, and $3,000 for the Mach-E Premium.
The two most buyers will likely be focused on are the Mach-E Select and Mach-E Premium.
Like the Model Y, the Mustang Mach-E is a crossover. And like the Model Y, the Mach-E’s physical design is a far cry from the early electrics that simply swapped out a gas engine for an electric motor (like the 2013-2016 Chevy Spark EV), i.e., the Mach-E was designed from the ground up as an electric car.
The Model Y is only offered (currently) as dual-motor all-wheel drive.
But the Mach-E also gives you things you’ll find on the Model Y like plenty of cargo space including a front trunk (frunk), long battery range (on the Premium and other pricier models), wireless charging, and a 15-inch touch display.
Ford also gives you a 10.2-inch “digital cluster” display directly in front of the driver that shows you things such as speed, battery percentage, and range remaining — a feature you won’t find on a Model Y or Model 3.
The one thing you won’t get on the Mach-E is self-driving* — not at first. Tesla calls the basic version of this Autopilot (which is standard on any Tesla) and the advanced version “Full Self Driving Capability” which is an $8,000 option on the Model Y.
Ford’s self-driving, aka “hands free driving,” is called Active Drive Assist, which will be available as an over-the-air (OTA) update in the third quarter of 2021 for those buying a Mach-E this year or in the first half of next year. Pricing will be announced later when it’s closer to release.
The Mustang Mach-E Select AWD version has a range of 210 miles and is priced at $45,595. The Mustang Mach-E Premium Extended Range AWD has a range of 270 miles and an MSRP of $54,700.
Self-driving can more accurately be described as driver assist or partially automated driving.
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