Here’s why AAA can’t stop raving about the Mach-E.
The best of the best
The Ford Mustang Mach-E Premium AWD has climbed its way to the top of the AAA Car Guide. According to
Fox News, “The organization tested 62 vehicles at its Automotive Research Center in Los Angeles and scored them across 12 criteria including efficiency, electronic safety systems, ride quality and acceleration.”
And we get it. The 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-Ejust might be the next best affordable electric crossover. “A multiple award recipient including best EV from MotorBiscuit for 2021, the Mach-E standard range RWD starts at just $42,895,”
The electric car gets 230 miles per charge with rear-wheel drive and a low-range battery. Even if you opt for the cheapest Mach-E, you’ll still get about 266 hp. While the higher-end Mustang Mach-E GT offers a whopping 459 hp.
Two motors and a large 88-kWh battery provide the Mach-E Premium with lots of power and an estimated 303 miles per charge driving range. The all-wheel drive Mach-E can jump to 60 mph in just 4.8 seconds. The car also received top marks in the
SUV/Minivancategory and the Over $50k categories (even though the 2022 model starts at $49,875).
Dressed for success
The award-winning Mustang features sharp exterior styling, with its battery located under the car to allow for ample passenger and cargo space. However, the inside doesn’t remind us too much of a Mustang.
The dash is pretty streamlined and features a digital gauge cluster and a massive vertically mounted touchscreen. “A floating, flip-up armrest on the center console allows a purse or other items to be stored between the front-seat passengers,”
Car and Drivertells us.
Buyers can expect innovative safety features as well as standard Co-Pilot360. And over-the-air updates will roll through Ford’s SYNC infotainment over time.
The Mach-E also offers heated front seats, a panoramic sunroof, wireless charging, a heated steering wheel, and customizable ambient interior lighting. It’s easy to store messy things or ice for your next get-together thanks to the drainable plastic material in the front trunk.
There are 26 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seats, and with the back seats folded, you’ll get 31 more cubic feet.
However, there’s still room for improvement. If you drive on uneven terrain or streets with potholes, you’ll feel it. In stop-and-go traffic and at lower speeds, we could use smoother braking and acceleration.
And according to
AAA, “The tablet on the center console is huge (nearly 16 inches), but some menus are unintuitive and require multiple steps for simple tasks.” The interior styling also leaves a lot to be desired.
Overall, the accessibility and uniqueness of the Mach-E won us over, even if it sounds nothing like Ford’s iconic pony car.
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