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2022 Ford Mustang Mach-E

Starting at $44,995

9.5/10 C/D RATING
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2021 ford mustang mache4x gt performance
Michael Simari|Car and Driver
9.5/10 C/D RATING

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  • Highs Athleticism and quickness, impressive range and accessible price, capacious and luxurious cabin.
  • Lows Not as fun to drive as a real Mustang, uneven ride quality, GT Performance model isn't worth the extra cost.
  • Verdict The Mustang Mach-E is a terrific electric vehicle that also happens to be a terrific crossover.
By Eric Stafford

Overview

The 2022 Ford Mustang Mach-E blends popular elements of the past and present in a highly desirable package that bodes well for the future of electric vehicles, which is why we gave it an Editors' Choice award. While it seems sacrilegious that Ford would call a crossover EV a Mustang, pairing the iconic nameplate with an in-demand body style is smart marketing. Along with its attention-getting appearance, the Mach-E has a handsomely appointed interior that's brimming with the latest tech. It also has nifty storage solutions, a spacious back seat, and lots of cargo space. Get behind the wheel and the electrified Mustang feels agile and quick. The sportiest version hits 60 mph in 3.7 seconds (quicker than a Mustang Mach 1) and the rangiest versions are estimated to travel more than 300 miles per charge. All that and more makes the 2022 Mustang Mach-E a transcendent EV.

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What's New for 2022?

Entering its second model year, the 2022 Mustang Mach-E, which won our inaugural EV of the Year award, enjoys slightly more useable battery capacity that should increase its real-world range. The California 1 is now offered with all-wheel drive and comes standard with a heated steering wheel and heated front seats. Likewise, the GT model now comes standard with a black-painted roof. As with the Mustang pony car, the Mach-E is now available as an all-white special edition called–go figure–the Ice White Edition. This new appearance package is only offered on the Premium trim level and includes tri-coat Star White metallic paint and Oxford White details such as the 19-inch wheels and exterior badges. The bright Grabber Blue and Cyber Orange paint colors are also now available on models other than just the GT.

Pricing and Which One to Buy

    We think the Premium model is the Mach-E to get. It's rated at 305 miles of driving range when paired with the extended-range battery and rear-wheel drive, but we'd still choose the all-wheel-drive version, which knocks its estimated range down to 270 miles. Compared with the base model, the Mach-E Premium has more powerful fast-charging capability, 19-inch wheels, a Band & Olufsen sound system, a panoramic sunroof, and a power liftgate.

    EV Motor, Power, and Performance

    The 2022 Mustang Mach-E is available with either a standard-range 70.0-kWh battery or an extended-range 91.0-kWh pack. These feed an electric motor mounted on the rear or both axles. That latter combination creates all-wheel drive, and on the sporty GT and GT Performance models, the motors combine to make 480 horsepower and up to 634 pound-feet of torque. The GT Performance model we tested hit 60 mph in 3.7 seconds, but it didn't fully live up to our expectations. Less powerful models make between 266 and 346 horses and between 317 and 428 pound-feet. The Mach-E rides on wheels that range in size from 18 to 20 inches, and it can be had with adaptive dampers for adjustable ride firmness. The version we drove was an extended-range, all-wheel-drive model that was quick and better to drive than most ordinary crossovers. However, drivers shouldn't expect the Mach-E to be nearly as engaging as the traditional Mustang. Its quiet operation and super-smooth ride were most impressive.

    2021 ford mustang mache4x gt performanceView Photos
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      Range, Charging, and Battery Life

      The 2022 Mustang Mach-E has an EPA-estimated range of between 211 and 305 miles, depending on the battery pack and type of electric motors, which isn't nearly as impressive as the rangiest Tesla models. Every model also has fast-charging capability. Every Mach-E comes out of the box with a Ford mobile charger that can add up to 30 miles of range per night with a 120-volt outlet and up to 80 percent of battery life overnight with a 240-volt outlet. A Ford charge station can also be ordered online and installed by certified electricians, with the ability to replenish 32 miles per hour and recharge the battery overnight.

      Fuel Economy and Real-World MPGe

      The range-topping Mustang Mach-E with rear-wheel drive and the extended range battery boasts an EPA-estimated range of 305 miles. The all-wheel-drive version with the extended battery has an estimated driving range of 270 miles. However, there are a wider variety of ranges depending on the model and equipment. The Mach-E with the larger battery that we tested on our 75-mph highway fuel-economy route, which is part of our extensive testing regimen, went 250 miles on a single charge. Based on the increased capacity for 2022, we think it'll add about 8 miles of real-world highway range. For more information about the Mustang Mach-E's fuel economy, visit the EPA's website.

      Interior, Comfort, and Cargo

      The Mustang Mach-E’s battery is located under the floor of the car, which allows for maximum cargo and passenger space. Unlike its exterior, the inside of the Mach-E has little in common with the regular Mustang. Its streamlined dashboard hosts an attractive digital gauge cluster and is dominated by a huge 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. There are also many slick features that include customizable ambient interior lighting, heated front seats, a heated steering wheel, wireless charging, a panoramic sunroof, and more. The front trunk is made of durable plastics that can be rinsed and then drained, which allows storing ice and messy things. The Mach-E has 29 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seats, and up to 60 with the back seats folded.

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      Infotainment and Connectivity

      Ford's next-generation SYNC infotainment system uses machine learning to fully customize each driver's experience—currently it supports three driver profiles and one guest. The Mustang Mach-E runs the software through a vertically mounted 15.5-inch touchscreen that allows for easy access to the system's array of apps and features. A benefit of the system is that Ford will roll out over-the-air updates over time, constantly improving the system and adding new content. Top features include Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, a mobile Wi-Fi hotspot, and a Bang & Olufsen audio system.

      Safety and Driver-Assistance Features

      The 2022 Mustang Mach-E is available with a wide array of driver-assistance technology. For more information about the Mach-E's crash-test results, visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) websites. Key safety features include:

      • Available forward-collision warning and automated emergency braking
      • Available blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert
      • Available lane-departure warning and lane-keeping assist

      Warranty and Maintenance Coverage

      Ford's current limited and powertrain warranty are competitive albeit unspectacular. We also expect the company to cover the Mach-E's electrical components for eight years or 100,000 miles, but complimentary maintenance isn't included.

      • Limited warranty covers three years or 36,000 miles
      • Powertrain warranty covers five years or 60,000 miles
      • Electrical components are covered for eight years or 100,000 miles
      • No complimentary scheduled maintenance

      Specifications

      Specifications

      2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E 4

      VEHICLE TYPE
      front- and mid-motor, all-wheel-drive, 5-passenger, 4-door wagon

      PRICE AS TESTED
      $56,200 (base price: $46,695)

      MOTORS
      2 permanent-magnet synchronous AC; combined output, 346 hp, 428 lb-ft; 88.0-kWh lithium-ion battery pack

      TRANSMISSIONS
      2 direct-drives

      CHASSIS
      Brakes (F/R): 14.3-in vented disc/12.4-in disc
      Tires: Michelin Primacy A/S, 225/55R-19 103H M+S

      DIMENSIONS
      Wheelbase: 117.5 in
      Length: 185.6 in
      Width: 74.1 in
      Height: 64.0 in
      Passenger volume: 104 ft3
      Cargo volume: 35 ft3
      Curb weight: 4856 lb

      C/D TEST RESULTS
      60 mph: 5.1 sec
      100 mph: 13.5 sec
      Rolling start, 5–60 mph: 5.2 sec
      Top gear, 30–50 mph: 2.0 sec
      Top gear, 50–70 mph: 2.8 sec
      1/4 mile: 13.8 sec @ 101 mph
      Top speed (governor limited): 114 mph
      Braking, 70–0 mph: 165 ft
      Roadholding, 300-ft-dia skidpad: 0.85 g
      Standing-start accel times omit 1-ft rollout of 0.3 sec.

      C/D FUEL ECONOMY
      Observed: 60 MPGe

      EPA FUEL ECONOMY
      Combined/city/highway: 90/96/84 MPGe
      Range: 270 mi 

      C/D TESTING EXPLAINED

      2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E4X GT Performance Edition
      Vehicle Type: front- and mid-motor, all-wheel-drive, 5-passenger, 4-door wagon

      PRICE
      Base/As Tested: $66,000/$70,040

      MOTORS
      2 permanent-magnet synchronous AC; combined output, 480 hp, 634 lb-ft; 88.0-kWh liquid-cooled lithium-ion battery pack

      TRANSMISSIONS
      2 direct-drives

      CHASSIS
      Suspension, F/R: struts/multilink
      Brakes, F/R: 15.2-in vented disc/12.4-in disc
      Tires: Pirelli P Zero PZ4 Elect
      245/45R-20 103Y

      DIMENSIONS
      Wheelbase: 117.5 in
      Length: 186.7 in
      Width: 74.1 in
      Height: 63.5 in
      Passenger Volume: 106 ft3
      Cargo Volume, F/R: 5/30 ft3
      Curb Weight: 5001 lb

      C/D TEST RESULTS
      60 mph: 3.7 sec
      100 mph: 12.4 sec
      1/4-Mile: 12.7 sec @ 101 mph
      Results above omit 1-ft rollout of 0.3 sec.
      Rolling Start, 5–60 mph: 3.8 sec
      Top Gear, 30–50 mph: 1.5 sec
      Top Gear, 50–70 mph: 2.2 sec
      Top Speed (gov ltd): 120 mph
      Braking, 70–0 mph: 158 ft
      Braking, 100–0 mph: 310 ft
      Roadholding, 300-ft Skidpad: 0.92 g

      C/D FUEL ECONOMY
      Observed: 65 MPGe
      75-mph Highway Driving: 74 MPGe
      Highway Range: 220 mi

      EPA FUEL ECONOMY
      Combined/City/Highway: 82/88/75 MPGe

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