The Ford Mustang Mach-E is the electric variant of the Mustang powerhouse. But which is the best year for the Ford Mustang Mach-E?
The Ford Mustang Mach-E is a superior choice if you're dipping into the all-electric vehicle range. We all know the power of the Mustang, but you shouldn't confuse its power with the Mach-E. As there are no mechanical similarities, you can be left disappointed in various aspects. The Mustang Mach-E only came in 2021, and the 2022 model is yet to be commercialized. But which of these is the best model of this car?
2021 is the best year for Ford Mustang Mach-E. As the car was introduced in 2021, there are only two years to choose from. The 2021 model came with significant features to enhance the car's electric range and performance. Ford also added the GT trim to the lineup.
The Ford Mustang Mach-E is a powerful electric vehicle. Although it doesn't match the power of its namesake, the original Mustang, it still gives a punchy ride and a decent combination of comfort and performance. It also has the GT trim, an exceptional option if you look forward to weekend getaways with your car. However, you must assess if the GT trim level is worth your money or whether you should stick to the basic versions with less cargo space.
We are a bunch of Ford Enthusiasts who jumped right into the Ford Mustang Mach-E as soon as it was released. The 2022 model is upon us, but it's too soon to see its actual effect on the market. Having tried and tested this electric beast, we have taken this opportunity to tell you all about the 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E to make your decision easier.
2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E - The Car's Best Year
What Do You Get with the 2021 Mach-E?
The 2021 model is the first all-electric crossover vehicle. Ford has stepped up its game to compete with Tesla, the current global electric vehicle leader. Compared to the previous year, the Ford Mustang Mach-E 2021 comes with the premium version, increasing the electric range to 305 miles when paired with an extended battery.
This version is rear-wheel drive. In comparison, we would choose the all-wheel-drive Mach-E for the power boost. But if you want a better range, you should stick to the rear-wheel-drive as the latter pulls down its range to 270 miles.
The 2021 premium version also offers a power liftgate, panoramic sunroof, and faster charging. These features have heaped praise from many users and helped the 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E receive recognition as the best Electric Vehicle (EV) of the year by several magazines.
Mustang Mach-E Performance: Not Your Average EV
The Ford Mustang Mach-E 2021 comes with a standard 75.7kW motor or the extended range 98.8kW motor. The 75.7kW motor is the rear-wheel-drive version of this car that produces 266 horsepower and 317 pound-feet of torque.
On the other hand, the all-wheel-drive Ford Mustang Mach-E makes up their GT Performance, and GT sport trims produce 480 horsepower and 634 pound-feet of torque with its 98.8kW motor mounted on the axles on both ends. You know which one you should get if you like that extra sporty punch to your ride.
Since this is an all-electric vehicle, it boasts a single-speed transmission. Ford claims that its top-of-the-line GT Performance model can go from 0-60 in 3.5 seconds. However, after extensive testing, we could not clock less than 3.7 seconds which is still pretty impressive for a vehicle that weighs 4,900 pounds.
We have driven all drivetrains of the 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E, and it is safe to say that the SUV has punchy acceleration, quick, and smooth overall.
It has a suitable driving experience for almost any condition. You might want to step up to the GT performance that will smoke just about any street racer car in an off-line sprint.
Battery Details, Charging, and Driving Range of the 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E
Ford offers competitive batteries to match the best manufacturers in the business. Therefore, the battery has an eight-year or 100,000 miles life (whichever comes first). As we mentioned earlier, you can get two battery motor ranges with this SUV.
The 78.8kW motor has an EPA-estimated range between 211-230 miles depending on whether you go for rear-wheel-drive or all-wheel-drive.
If you want to have an extended driving range, you can get the extended range version with a maximum of 305-miles of driving range with the RWD. In comparison, if you opt for the GT performance for that extra thrill, you will need to settle for 270 miles of driving range on a full battery.
All Ford Mustang Mach-E has fast charging. Ford also provides a 120-volt remote charging station so you can charge the SUV up to 30% overnight. The GT trims have extra fast charging with a 150kV that allows you to go from 10% battery to 80% in 30-40 minutes.
This is a highly functional feature for the GT trims if you take a long unexpected trip. The 80% battery can provide you with a 210-240 miles driving range.
What about the Wheels, Tires, Breaks, and Suspension?
You will get a black plastic wheel arc in the lower trims compared to the body-colored wheel arc in the GT trims. We find the body-colored wheel arc to look better than the standard black plastic wheel arch.
The suspension in the GT sport trim is 0.4-inches lower than the premium and selection trims, which gives it a more aggressive look and a highly comfortable ride. However, the suspension system is the same in these three trims.
In comparison, the GT Performance trim offers an upgraded suspension with magnetic shocks, for which Ford is the best in the business. The magnetic shocks consist of an adaptive suspension that adjusts the preload faster than similar EVs.
Ford offers varying wheel sizes across the trims ranging from 18-20 inches. The Standard Ford Mustang Mach-E has an 18-inch wheel, compared to the Premium trim, which offers a 19-inch wheel. The GT trims offer a 20-inch wheel on all four corners.
As far as the brakes go, you have no reason to be concerned about the handling and responsiveness of this electric SUV. Ford offers 15.1-inches brake hubs in the front with four-piston Brembo calipers biting onto them. In the rear, you get 12.5-inches brake hubs with a single floating piston.
However, the Brembo brakes are only equipped in the GT trims, which is the main difference between lower trims wheel hubs. The brakes upgrade in the GT is significant considering the performance-oriented build of the Ford Mustang Mach-E.
What Is the Interior Like?
While the GT trims outperform in all aspects related to the SUV's performance, the Premium trim has the upper hand when it comes to the interior of the 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E. However, both looks are functional and attractive in their unique way.
The premium trim mostly has its interior covered in leather, while the GT boasts less leather and more Alacantara material to incorporate a sporty feel. The common thing about the seats in all of its trims is the uncompromised comfort.
Whether in the front or back seat, you or any passenger won't feel crumbled as there is ample leg space and an overall spacious cabin.
Many eclectic vehicles are omitting the gauge cluster for some reason which we think is a bad move. Fortunately, you have a decent and minimalistic gauge cluster in the Ford Mustang Mach-E which provides all the information you need from the gauge cluster of an electric vehicle.
However, the downside is that the gauge cluster is terribly positioned behind the steering wheel. So you have to dunk to view it completely even after adjusting its height, making it uncomfortable, especially during driving.
Another notable feature of the 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E is the glass roof. It provides an exclusive experience for the passengers. As mentioned earlier, the glass roof only comes standard in the premium version. However, you can buy the feature as an add-on for the GT trims.
Infotainment and Connectivity
The center console of the Ford Mustang Mach-E is another great area that makes this electric SUV the best in its class. The 15.1-inch infotainment system screen is mounted in tablet-style, providing a super luxurious feel to the car.
The system is clean, crisp, and easy to use. We have rarely seen any complaints about this particular feature. Moreover, Ford even went ahead to include a volume knob on the requests of many consumers.
Infotainment features include:
- Six-Speaker Stereo
- Satellite Radio
- Wireless Device Charging
- Two USB Ports
- Wi-Fi Hotspot
- Android Auto
- Apple CarPlay
You can access climate control, seat heating, steering heating, mirror heating, and many other options from the infotainment system.
How's the Storage?
The storage is a pretty interesting and exciting part of the 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E. If it's your first time looking into the EVs, you are in for a surprise because, like many other EVs, this SUV offers two trunk storage. Although one of them is called a Frunk, we'll discuss that later.
The trunk space is quite sufficient throughout the Mach-E options. However, the GT trims have the upper hand in the storage space. The first and obvious difference is the GT logo on the GT trims' trunk instead of the Horse logo of Ford. You can open the trunk with the comfort access button integrated on the outskirts, from your key, or the button in the interior.
Not to our surprise, the Mach-E offers a decent and neat-looking storage space. You can easily store two large pieces of luggage alongside a couple of small pieces. You can fold down the rear seats to carve out more space, though we doubt you will need it, given the already huge trunk.
Given that it's an SUV, the Mach-E serves exceptionally well to provide you with the spacious cargo to carry your belongings for a weekend getaway or a cross-country trip. You can close the trunk with the comfort access button, so the paint stays safe from your hands.
Moving on to the front, or should we say, Frunk? The Ford Mustang Mach-E offers a smaller but valuable cargo under the hood. Since it is in the front, it's called the Frunk. Before jumping into that, you get a futuristic grill, exclusive to the GT trim level, with a hexagonal, 3D-shaped design. The front grill extends from the bumper matched to the body paint in the premium and standard trims, which also looks attractive.
Let's jump into the frunk. As there is no engine up front, it gives manufacturers the flexibility to do what's very common with EVs. The space is used as a front storage area that offers a decent amount of storage space.
However, the highlight of the front trunk is that you can use it as a tailgating utility box. The frunk has water draining holes, so you can use it as an icebox. On the other hand, it also has two cup holders so you can sit by the car with your friends and use it as a convenient bottle or cup holder with ice.
What Is the Safety Rating for the 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E?
After conducting their standard six crash tests, the 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E has received a Good-rating from Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has not rated this SUV for safety. However, safety should be the least of your concerns for the Mach-E due to its many safety features giving you and the passengers 360-degree protection.
How Much Can I Get the 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E for?
This is the part that breaks the leg of most potential customers. The 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E's most basic trim starts at $47,895. The price can vary depending on its mileage and condition.
If you want to go for their performance-oriented GT trim, you can get it starting from about $60,000. The price is higher than most similar all-electric SUVs, but it is justified with the overall performance, comfort, luxury, and safety of the 2021 – the best year for the Ford Mustang Mach-E.
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