2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E Review

This all-new pure-EV delivers style, performance, and functionality

2 months ago
Karl Brauer
EVP Strategy, Executive Publisher
PROS
  • Strong driving dynamics
  • Multiple powertrain choices
  • Stylish design
  • Impressive technology integration
CONS
  • Limited fast-charging network
  • No towing capacity

The 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E is an all-new electric vehicle from Ford. Sleek and stylish, the midsize four-door appears to be a cross between an SUV and a sports coupe — it delivers similar performance, thus explaining one of the reasons why Ford calls it the “Mustang” Mach-E. With seating for five, the pure-electric Mustang Mach-E is offered with either a standard or extended-range battery pack that delivers up to 300 miles of range between charges. Acceleration is dizzying, with the benchmark 0-to-60 mph sprint taking as few as 3.5 seconds. Starting price for the 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E is $43,000.

Mustang Mach-E Exterior

The Mustang Mach-E uses a unibody (combined body and frame) chassis with an independent front and rear suspension. The exterior design borrows heavily from the Mustang coupe, with LED headlights and taillights closely resembling the 2-door model. The swept roofline provides a sporty appearance, disguising the Mach-E’s generous 5-passenger capacity and 60 cubic feet of storage space when the second row is folded down. Its electric drivetrain places the battery below the passenger compartment, creating a front trunk (frunk) with an additional 4.7 cubic feet of space.

2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E Wheel

The Mustang Mach-E’s standard wheel size is 18 inches, but 19- or 20-inch wheels are available, either as options or standard equipment on higher trim levels. Push-button door releases (with no traditional door handles) and an optional panoramic glass roof add to the Mach-E’s unique, upscale design cues — it boasts a premium appearance to passers-by.

If you want a better look at the Mustang Mach-E exterior you can find a 360 viewer and color picker via the official Ford website.

2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E Dash

Mustang Mach-E Interior

The Mustang Mach-E’s high-tech, upscale design cues continue inside, with a large 15.5-inch vertical central touchscreen dominating the cabin. This touchscreen controls the bulk of the Mach-E’s high-tech features, including climate control, audio functions, navigation, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and various driving modes. A 10.2-inch digital gauge cluster sits directly ahead of the driver and monitors speed and driver-assist features, such as smart cruise control and lane-keeping assist. 

2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E Sunroof

The Mustang Mach-E’s list of standard technology is impressive. Ford’s “Phone as a Key” feature pairs your smartphone to the Mach-E, letting you unlock it and drive it away without any additional key. Wireless phone charging and voice-activated navigation are also included in the base price, along with a range of advanced safety features like automatic emergency braking, blind-spot assist, lane-keeping assist and automatic high beams. 

2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E Rear Seat

The spacious cabin features Ford’s leather-like (synthetic) “ActiveX” seating material on base models, but only in black. Brighter colors, contrast stitching and perforated seating material, along with heated seats and driver’s memory settings, are available as options or come standard on higher trim levels. A heated steering wheel, ambient interior lighting (with customizable colors) are also offered on the Mustang Mach-E.

2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E Taillights

With 30 cubic feet of cargo space behind the second row there’s plenty of room for five passengers and their luggage. The Mustang Mach-E’s creative use of contrasting roof colors maintains its sporty exterior design while offering excellent front and rear headroom. A standard 6-speaker audio system with satellite radio can be upgraded to a 10-speaker Bang & Olufsen system.

You can get a closer look at the Mustang Mach-E interior with their 360 viewer via the official Ford website.

2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E Grille Driving

Mustang Mach-E Powertrains

Offered in standard rear-wheel drive, with available all-wheel drive, the Mustang Mach-E starts with a 266 horsepower, 317 lb-ft of torque motor powered by a 68-kilowatt hour battery. This combination provides instant torque and responsive acceleration, delivering zero-to-60 mph in 5.8 seconds and a range of 230 miles. Adding all-wheel drive costs $2,700 and bumps peak torque to 428 lb-ft. It also drops the zero-to-60 time to 5.2 seconds while cutting the Mach-E’s range to 211 miles. 

2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E Rear Driving

An 88-kWh extended range battery is available for an additional $5,000. Power jumps to 290 hp and range climbs from 230 to 300 miles (the compromise is more weight and a slight decrease in 0-60 time, which grows from 5.8 to 6.1 seconds). Adding the extended range battery to an all-wheel-drive Mustang Mach-E bumps power to 346 hp, provides a zero-to-60 time of 4.8 seconds and a total range of 270 miles. 

You can view all the various powertrain options and their specifications by downloading the Ford Mustang Mach-E brochure, or visiting the official Ford Mustang Mach-E website.

2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E Gauge Cluster

Performance fans willing to wait until summer of 2021 can purchase a Mustang Mach-E GT. The range-topping variant, with 480 horsepower and 600 lb-ft of torque, delviers a 250-mile range and a zero-to-60 time of 3.8 seconds. A “Performance Edition” version of the GT will also be available, offering 634 pound-feet of peak torque, 235 miles of range, and a zero-to-60 time of 3.5 seconds.

It’s worth noting the 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E has no tow ratings at launch.

2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E Front Driving Red

Mustang Mach-E Driving Experience

Between its name and its look, the Mustang Mach-E sends a clear performance message. Thankfully, the Mach-E’s electric drivetrain, and the instant torque it provides, delivers on that promise, even in base form. Its 4,400-pound starting curb weight can stretch to 4,900 pounds with all-wheel drive and the larger battery, though much of that weight is concentrated low in the chassis (the under-floor mounted battery). Handling remains relatively nimble and confident, and the “GT” model, with a sub-4-second zero-to-60 time, is among the quickest cars on the road.

2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E Badge

Like every modern electric car, the Mustang Mach-E’s brakes use a combination of energy capture (regeneration) at light-to-medium braking along with mechanical braking when more aggressive stopping is needed. The dual-nature of an EV’s brake system can create uneven, inconsistent brake feel, and the Mustang Mach-E suffers from a bit of this during hard braking. It’s not that the Mach-E lacks braking confidence or capability, but pedal response isn’t as progressive as we’d like during aggressive slowing.

2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E Taillight

For drivers looking to avoid the brake pedal, the Mustang Mach-E offers a “one pedal” driving mode that applies regenerative braking as soon as you lift off the throttle. This mode will bring the Mach-E to a complete stop and hold it in place until the throttle is applied, making it possible to indeed drive the SUV with just the throttle pedal except during extreme circumstances (note: a driver should always be prepared to apply full emergency brake pedal pressure, regardless of what technology or driving mode is being used at the time). 

Additional Mustang Mach-E driving modes include “Whisper”, “Engaged” and “Unbridled”, each with varying degrees of throttle response, steering feel and suspension firmness.

2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E Front Red

2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E Trim Levels and Pricing

The base Mustang Mach-E price starts at around $43,000 and goes up to $60,000 for the high-performance variant. It is offered in five trim levels, with all-wheel drive and an extended-range battery being among the most expensive features:

  • “Select” Rear-Wheel Drive (starts at about $43,000) – Base model with advanced tech like Phone as a Key, wireless phone charging and a 15.5-inch central touchscreen included
  • “Select” All-Wheel Drive (starts at about $$45,700) – Adds all-wheel drive, bumps peak torque from 317 pound feet to 428 pound feet, drops zero-to-60 from 5.8 to 5.2 seconds 
  • “Premium” Rear-Wheel Drive (starts at about $47,000) – Standard 19-inch wheels, panoramic glass roof, foot-activated rear hatch, heated front seats and steering wheel, B&O audio system
  • “California Route 1” Rear-Wheel Drive (starts at about $50,000) – Includes 290 hp, 300-mile extended-range battery, “CA1” unique badging and exterior treatments, memory driver’s seat
  • “First Edition” All-Wheel Drive (starts at about $58,000) – A special launch package version of the Mustang Mach-E with unique interior and exterior treatments. (This trim is already sold out!)
  • “GT” All-Wheel Drive (starts at about $60,000) – Extended-range battery, 20-inch wheels, 600 pound-feet of peak torque, “GT” badging, zero-to-60 mph in 3.8 seconds, 250-mile range

If you are looking for a more accurate idea of pricing, you can build and price an Mustang Mach-E on Ford’s official website. It’s also worth keeping an eye on the Ford offers page to see if there are any deals on at the moment. Alternatively you can request a quote via the Ford website.

2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E Charge Port

Mustang Mach-E Best Features

The Mustang Mach-E’s effective combination of style, performance and functionality makes it a compelling vehicle for just about everyone. The fact that it’s also an electric car — no need to ever visit a gasoline station — fitted with notable high-tech features and an impressive range, even in base form, makes the Mustang Mach-E a solid value. This is a trait we don’t normally associate with electric vehicles, and one we’re happy to see in an EV.

You can find more information on all the standard features and options within the official Ford Mustang Mach-E brochure.

2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E Driving Curve

What is Our Favorite Version of the Mustang Mach-E?

The performance numbers offered by the Mustang Mach-E GT are hard to ignore, but given the car’s excellent value potential in standard form we’d go with the base “Select” model and add the Comfort/Technology package (we’d also add the gorgeous Infinite Blue metallic clearcoat, but that’s our personal preference). For about $47,000 you’d have wireless phone charging, seat memory, heated seats, a heated steering wheel, active park assist, and a 230-mile range. If you qualify for the $7,500 Federal Tax credit, your net price is below $40,000.

2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E Headlight

Mustang Mach-E Notable Safety Features

Every Mustang Mach-E comes standard with Ford’s Co-Pilot360 2.0 system. This includes reverse brake assist, a reverse sensing system, post-impact braking, blind-spot monitoring, cross-traffic alert, pre-collision assist with automatic emergency braking, lake keeping assist, a rear camera and automatic high beams. 

Adding the Comfort/Technology Package brings a 360-degree camera, Active Park Assist 2.0, plus an “Active Drive Assist Prep Kit” that prepares the Mustang Mach-E for a future, over-the-air update with more advanced “hands-free” driver assist technology coming later in 2021.

The 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E has not yet been crash-tested by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), but we expect it to earn top safety ratings.

2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E Phone As A Key

Who Should Buy a 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E?

Electric vehicles are slowly moving into the mainstream, and Ford’s Mustang Mach-E is big step in that evolution. By offering the practicality of an SUV, the premium features and styling of a luxury vehicle, and a starting price on par with traditional family cars, the Mustang Mach-E makes a compelling argument for tech-oriented shoppers seeking fun and functionality. With up to a 300-mile range, and an ever-expanding national charging network, the compromises typically associated with EVs are minimized in the Mustang Mach-E, while the benefits of electric power keep growing.

If you’re in the market for one a Mustang Mach-E, you can order one via the Ford website. Alternatively you can request a quote via their website and speak to a Ford representative. To stay informed with the latest developments with the Mustang Mach-E, you can register your email directly with Ford to stay informed.

2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E Off Road

CarExpert’s Take on the 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E

The 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E is an important new model to Ford. It’s the company’s first serious commitment to selling a high-volume, highly-competitive, electric vehicle for a mainstream audience. The Mustang Mach-E’s price, performance, range and features are impressive, not only as an EV, but as a fully functional family car that effectively competes with any midsize SUV regardless of drivetrain. Ford has an electric winner on its hands.

Add the 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E to the CarExpert recommended list. 

Mustang Mach-E Competitors to Consider

  • Acura RDX
  • Audi e-tron
  • BMW X5
  • Jaguar I-PACE
  • Lexus RX
  • Mercedes-Benz GLE
  • Tesla Model Y
  • Volvo XC60

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OVERALL RATING8.7
Show Breakdown
Cost of Ownership 9.1
Ride Comfort 8.4
Safety 8.7
Fit for Purpose 8.7
Handling Dynamics 8.6
Interior Practicality and Space 8.8
Fuel Efficiency 9
Value for Money 8.5
Performance 8.3
Technology Infotainment 9.2