Ford Mustang Mach-E Revisited – How’s the Pony EV Doing 3 Years Later?

Zoom in / The Ford Mustang Mach-E is now in its third year of production, so it seemed like a good idea to see how it matures.

Jonathan Gitlin

When Ars first drove the then-new Ford Mustang Mach-E in early 2021, the car was a magnet for attention. Now, nearly three years later, the Mustang Mach-E is a much more common sight on our roads, but so are other electric crossovers from most of Ford’s usual rivals, including the sales juggernaut that is the Tesla Model Y .We decided to book a few days with the Mustang Mach-E to see how (or if) this horsey EV has matured since launch.

Ford initially worked on a much more boring battery electric car until Tesla started shipping its Model 3s, at which point the hastily assembled “Edison Team” went to work adding some much-needed tweaks to the design, rethinking Ford’s strategy for EV in the process.

Giving this midsize crossover EV a Mustang name tag remains a bone of contention—I expect a reasonable percentage of the comments on this story will be people popping up to complain, “That’s not a real Mustang.” The name of the crossover is what it is, and there are plenty of Mustang stylings, but even with the designer’s trick of using black trim to make you ignore the parts they don’t want you to see, there’s no denying that the proportions are beautiful far from a coupe.

The Mustang Mach-E has good angles and bad angles.
Zoom in / The Mustang Mach-E has good angles and bad angles.

Jonathan Gitlin

It’s cheaper now

Our test car was a Mustang Mach-E Premium eAWD model with only one option noted, the 91 kWh (usable capacity) extended-range battery. This increases the car’s EPA range estimate from 224 miles (360 km) to 290 miles (467 km), but costs $8,600, which, combined with the delivery charge, raises the sticker price to $67,575.

At least that’s what this Mustang Mach-E was worth when it arrived at the press some 5,500 miles ago. Ford had to respond to Tesla’s series of price cuts by lowering the MSRP by almost $7,000 and dropping the price of the extended-range battery to $7,000 — when I configure the same spec in Ford’s online automaker, it tells me that the total price should be $59,940 with all miscellaneous charges. (An additional price cut came for most other Mustang Mach-E variants in May, but not for the extended Premium eAWD lineup.)

And until the end of this year, EVs are still eligible for half of the Clean Vehicle Tax Credit. However, Ford believes the $3,750 credit will no longer be available to Mach-E buyers starting next year as new rules come into effect regarding batteries made by “foreign entities of concern.” They remove the eligibility of EV batteries made in China or by Chinese companies from 1 January 2024.

The taillights say Mustang, but the car's width and height say crossover.
Zoom in / The taillights say Mustang, but the car’s width and height say crossover.

Jonathan Gitlin

It’s a hard life

The fact that the Mustang Mach-E’s on-board computer has not been reset after 3,572 miles (5,749 km) is illustrative of both the life of the press vehicle and the long-term performance of this EV. Collectively, the car was very unpleasant to drive during that time, scoring drivers 1 percent for deceleration and 2 percent for both acceleration and speed. Despite the lead tread treatment, the 2.7 mpg average (23 kWh/100 km) matches the EPA’s efficiency rating (expressed as 37 kWh/100 mi).

My guess is that this particular car has driven most of those miles in Unbridled, which is what the Mustang Mach-E calls Sport mode. That or Engage, which is the average of the three settings and the one used to calculate the car’s official performance.

In Whisper (think eco mode), you don’t get all 346bhp. (258 kW) or the full 428 lb-ft (580 Nm), and the 0-to-60 time feels between a second or two slower than the 4.8 seconds that is possible if all the electric horses are harnessed at the same time should be possible at least 3.1 miles/kWh (20 kWh/100 km).

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