2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E vs Tesla Model Y – Cincinnati, OH

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  • 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E

    A red 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E is facing left.

    Starting at

    $43,895

    Tesla Model Y

    Starting at

    $48,000

    mid-3-seconds0-60 Time3.5 seconds
    300 MilesMax Range300 Miles
    15-Inch Infotainment Display15-Inch

    The Electric Vehicle (EV) market has become more exciting than ever before with amazing new models being revealed by a wide range of developers. No longer a niche field with minimal interest, major manufacturers like Ford are putting a real effort into developing EV SUVs that can go the distance and offer an incredible driving experience. Since Tesla has become the gold standard for a lot of EV enthusiasts, we should take a look at the impressive 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E vs Tesla Model Y to see how these SUVs stack up.

    One of the first things we can see with the Mach-E is that Ford has not simply made a minimal effort, as many other manufacturers have with EVs over the last few years. Here is a real electric SUV that delivers everything we would expect from Ford. With an estimated 300 miles off a full charge and the ability to go from 0 to 60 in the mid-3-second range, the Mustang Mach-E is definitely in the same ballpark as what the Tesla Model Y can deliver. We can also see that the trims coming with the Mach-E are designed to compete directly with the Model Y and offer you a similar experience with the Ford name you know.

    Ultimately, these are both fantastic vehicles and will clearly define how we look at electric SUVs moving forward. The 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E keeps up with the Tesla Model Y, which is something few critics would have expected before Ford’s big announcement. It will be interesting to see which model comes out on top over the next few years, but more competition in this market will definitely be good for all of us. To learn more about the all-new Mustang Mach-E, come visit us at Kings Ford today.

  • Battery

    A grey 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E, which wins when comparing the 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E vs Tesla Model Y, is driving next to a lake near Cincinnati, OH, at sunset.

    Performance

    The two most important things for a lot of people when looking at an EV of any kind are the level of performance and the range offered by the battery and powertrain system. Rather than tackle both of these together, however, let us start off by looking at performance with these two EV SUVs and what they can deliver. After all, it is the performance that indicates just how fun a vehicle really is to drive once you are behind the wheel.

    2021 Mach-E

    The 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E has a couple of different batteries available, as well as multiple trims that offer different levels of performance. The battery in the Select or Premium trims offers power enough to go from 0-60 in a mid-5-second range. If you step up to the performance-focused GT trim, however, then you get a lot more power and the ability to go from 0-60 in less than 4 seconds.

    2020 Model Y

    By comparison, the Tesla Model Y has three different trims available based on performance and the drivetrain. The Long Range trim with rear-wheel drive can go from 0-60 in 5.5 seconds, while the Long Range trim with all-wheel drive can go from 0-60 in 4.8 seconds. Finally, the Performance trim is comparable to the GT and can go from 0-60 in 3.5 seconds. As you can see, these are pretty similar vehicles overall in terms of the kind of power and performance they deliver, with great options for either a fantastic overall vehicle or one with a bit more muscle.

  • Charge/Range

    A woman is smiling while charging her 2021 Mach-E.

    Whether battery performance or the charge and range offered are your first concern, the other is likely to be your second. As you might expect, power and battery range create a tradeoff situation – higher power and performance gives you less range. That being said, both of these vehicles are incredibly fun to drive and offer very similar ranges on a full charge.

    Driving Range of the Mach-E

    The 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E Select trim comes with a standard battery that gets you about 230 miles of driving range when fully charged. The Premium trim has an available extended range battery that gives you an estimated 300 miles of driving on a full charge. If you choose performance over practicality with the GT trim, then you get a lot more power, but the extended range battery only gives you an estimated 250 miles of driving range.

    Driving Range of the Model Y

    With the Tesla Model Y, your driving range depends on the trim and drivetrain you choose. If you go with the Long Range trim with rear-wheel drive, then you get up to an estimated 300 miles of driving range on a full charge. If you choose either the Long Range with all-wheel drive or the Performance trim, however, then you only get an estimated 280 miles of driving range. As you can see, both of these EV SUVs offer the same level of peak battery range and similar ranges for their performance-focused models. 

  • Cargo and Storage

    A red 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E has the hood open showing a storage compartment.

    At the end of the day, once you look past the flashy technology and sleek designs of these vehicles, they are SUVs. That means you want a great amount of cargo and storage capacity in them, so you can actually use them as an SUV. Fortunately, both of these vehicles deliver quite well on that front.

    Cargo Space in the Mach-E

    The 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E offers you up to 29 cu.ft. of storage space behind the rear seats, and nearly 60 cu.ft. of cargo space behind the front row of seating. There is also a front trunk under the hood that offers another 4.8 cu.ft. of storage space. This area is washable and includes a drain, making it ideal for filling it with ice and stocking up on beverages.

    Cargo Space in the Model Y

    Specific details about storage and cargo in the Tesla Model Y are a bit harder to come by, but we do know that it offers up to 66 total cu.ft. of storage space. That includes not only the space behind the front row of seating but also any front trunk space available in the Model Y. When you add together the cargo room in the interior and front truck of the Mach-E, you get a total of 64.4 cu.ft. of space – more than 97% of the space available in the Model Y. In other words, they offer nearly identical amounts of cargo room. 

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