Tesla Model Y vs. Mustang Mach E: Can You Go Wrong?

The Tesla Model Y Performance recently beat the Mustang Mach-E GT in a comparison test from MotorTrend. But are either of these cars a bad choice?
Written by Andrew Kidd
Reviewed by Kathleen Flear
Mar 22, 2022
When it’s
Tesla
vs. Ford, you can’t really go wrong with two of the top contenders on the EV market.
MotorTrend recently compared the performance versions of these electric SUVs, with the final verdict placing the
Tesla Model Y Performance
coming out on top of the Mustang Mach-E GT.
That’s not to say the
Mach-E GT
didn’t perform well. Testers lauded the electric pony’s handsome styling, ride and handling as well as its grabby brakes, but faulted it for its speed limitations, price and longer charging time.
The Model Y Performance won over the Mach-E GT for its quick acceleration, quick charging and futuristic interior. It still had some flaws, however; the review noted that the ride was harsh, the interior needed improvement and the range is a bit misleading.

Tesla Model Y vs. Ford Mustang Mach-E: speed and handling

As tested by
MotorTrend
, the Mustang Mach-E has a zero-to-60 time of 3.6 seconds compared with the Model Y’s 3.5 seconds, with Mach-E hitting the quarter-mile in 12.6 seconds at 100.6 mph compared with the Model Y’s 12 seconds and 114.7 mph. 
The publication noted that Model Y’s acceleration was much more instant than Mach-E.
Reviewers noted that Mach-E has a more comfortable ride than the Model Y, handling hard driving on curving roads with more refinement than its competitor. The Mach-E’s brakes also felt stronger, according to the review, with a 60-to-zero stopping distance of 105 feet compared with 113 feet for the Model Y.

Charging

The Model Y surpassed Mach-E in terms of charging rate. The Tesla Model Y charged at a peak rate of 250 kW, taking 50 minutes to charge from 30 to 80 percent using one of Tesla’s busier Supercharger stations. 
At a less busy station, that charge rate increased with the vehicle only needing 15 minutes to charge 28 to 65 percent.
The Mach-E peaked at 150 kW, which adds about 150 miles of range in around 30 minutes. Reviewers noted that while using an
Electrify America
fast charger, the Mach-E went from 15 to 80 percent charge in 41 minutes. When the battery reached 80 percent, though, the charge rate was throttled, increasing the overall charge time.

When it comes to price and value, Tesla wins

The Mach-E GT is slightly more expensive than the Tesla Model Y, with this performance iteration of Ford’s Mach-E delivering what MotorTrend considered modest improvements in ride, handling and braking. 
While the build quality of the Mach-E seems to surpass the Model Y, reviewers noted that the Model Y feels “so much more worth the money” because of its more modern interior.
What could offset that price comparison, however, is the fact that the Tesla Model Y no longer qualifies for the full $7,500 federal tax credit for electric vehicles—which means you could end up spending less for a Mach-E GT.

Tesla Model Y vs. Ford Mustang Mach-E is a marginally close call

Despite the Tesla Model Y edging out the Mach-E, reviewers noted it was pretty close. The Mach-E GT is Ford’s
first performance electric SUV
and proved to be a real competitor to Tesla, but the Model Y came out on top.

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