The deliveries of the first Model S, a five-door liftback sedan, began on June 22, 2012. Tesla started its deliveries of the Tesla Model X, midsize cross over SUV, in September 2015. Finally, the Tesla Model Y SUV was unveiled on March 14, 2019. It has been 7 years since the introduction of the first Model S, Tesla Model Y a smaller cross over SUV has arrived. In late 2020, Ford has set a goal to deliver a new Mustang Mach-E SUV. The company has already started taking reservations. In this blog, I would like to share my side by side comparison between Model Y and Mustang Mach-E. Tesla is currently leading the market in producing electric cars that people desire to buy and use and continues to develop its supercharger network, at least it did before the pandemic hit. Tesla, at the same time, is not perfect of course and has its own share of problems. Read my Tesla Problems Review where I discuss common Tesla ownership problems. Would Ford be able to compete with Tesla with the new Mustang Mach-E small crossover SUV? Would you consider reserving Mach-E today versus Model Y?
Tesla Model Y
Tesla Model Y is based on the platform that shares many components with Model 3. In fact, the SUV does take its looks after its smaller sedan cousin and is bigger and taller than Model 3. The front and back design of both Model Y and Model 3 are very similar. I think that the design of the front facia of both Model 3 and Model Y come very close to Porsche Panamera. There is nothing wrong with this approach, however, I do believe that Model S and X have a more distinctive design. The interior design of both Mode Y and Model 3 are also very similar. The bottom line is if you are not a fan of Model 3 interior or exterior, you will have a difficult time to digest and commit to Model Y.
Ford Mustang Mach-E
Mustang has been a big and important name for Ford. I am not surprised that Ford has selected Ford Mustang as a base for their new full electric small SUV offering, Ford Mustang Mach-E. This choice also creates an important emotional connection between Ford Mustang, a muscle sports car, and Mach-E, the new sport SUV. Ford wants us to feel that Mach-E is not a low powered and boring electric car. Mach-E is a powerful, fast, and mean looking and at the same time an all electric SUV.
Model Y and Mach-E Prices
Both Mach-E and Model Y are compact crossover SUVs. The prices for non-electric compact SUVs normally range from $23K to a little over $40K. Unfortunately, consumers will need to spend more cash when choosing all electric.
Tesla offers Model Y in two options Long Range and Performance with prices ranging from 52K to 60K:
Ford offers four Mustang Mach-E variations with different options and pricing from $43K to $60K:
Ford is trying to make Mach-E a more affordable product to a lower range of the market and at the same time appeal to buyers with deeper pockets.
Tesla, on the other hand, is still primarely aiming at the premium market buyers with prices staying above 50K mark. Tesla Model Y is considered to be a premium compact crossover SUV.
With current pandemic situation along with growing economic difficulties (depression or recession) in USA, I am not sure how general consumer base will be able to afford both Mach-E and Model Y with prices above $40K. It is almost 2021 and still all electric SUVs are only affordable by a more affluent crowd.
Model Y and Mach-E Battery Range
Only few years ago, battery range and range anxiety were a big topic. Thanks to Tesla’s innovations in this area, the battery range has improved dramatically in all of the Tesla cars. Most of the models currently offered including Model S, Model 3, Model X and Y have batteries with over 300 miles of range.
Both performance and long range Tesla Model Y come with battery range over 300 miles EPA est.
Ford Mustang Mach-E is not that far off from Mode Y and offers battery capacity ranging from 230 mil to 300 mil EPA est. Note, only Mach-E with RWD comes with 300 mil EPA range. All other AWD models have ranges lower than 300 mil.
It is hard to select a winner for the longest battery range. Both cars offer similar battery ranges. Mustang Mach-E does come with lower priced models but they also come with lower than 300 mil battery range. And yes it is hard to accurately estimate battery range for electric cars. Read my Secrets to Estimating Tesla Battery Range blog to learn more about estimating methods.
Model Y and Mach-E Features
Tesla Model Y comes with all-wheel drive, autopilot, and 5 seat interior.
Ford Mustang Mach-E also comes in a comparable configuration including all-wheel drive, Ford co-pilot 360 and active park assist 2.0 (Ford’s version of the autopilot), and yes room for 5 passengers.
There are, however, few discrepancies to note between the two SUVs. Tesla Model Y long range with all-wheel drive has 316 mil in battery range and costs around $53K. In contrast, Mach-E comes with 300 mil EPA range only with RWD. Mach-E AWD can only drive as far as 270 mil and costs $58K. This is an estimated 45 mil difference in range and $5 K difference in price.
Regarding Tesla Autopilot versus Ford Co-Pilot 360 & Active Park Assist 2.0, I will be biased towards Tesla because I have personal experience with Autopilot since the day it was introduced and I love this system since then. Read my Tesla Autopilot review and Autopilot is a Lucrative Asset and leave your comments. Again, nothing is perfect and I have compiled the list of Autopilot problems in a review if you are interested to read. I am not sure how Ford Co-Pilot 360 and Active Park Assist works and if it can match the Tesla Autopilot. Without trying this system in real world driving, it would be very had to compare.
The other important differentiating factor is that Tesla is periodically sending software updates to its cars. This means that your Model Y will get better over time. There is no information on Ford planning to offer software updates automatically pushed to their cars.
In terms of interior features, both Model Y and Mach-E are offering a big 15 inch touch screen and all glass roof so that passengers can count stars if they get bored with the big screen. This is a joke ! Tesla claims that Model Y can sit up to 7 adults. Model Y is a compact SUV and I believe that only 5 passengers would be able to comfortably fit into the cabin.
There are few interior differences to point out. One is the horizontal central screen orientation in Model Y and vertical screen orientation in Mustang Mach-E. Note both Model S and Model X also have central screen oriented vertically. On the other hand, Model 3 and Model Y have the screen set horizontally. I am not sure why Tesla decided to do this.
Also, Mustang Mach-E has a 10 inch digital cluster facing the driver. Model Y and Model 3 are missing the driver digital display. I believe Tesla has made a controversial design decision to remove the driver display. Traditionally, this display provides the critical piece of driving information: Speed. This is why speed is displayed in the center and normally is larger than anything else. Not everyone would like to always peek on the side screen to check on the speed while driving. In fact, I would argue that digital speed displays do not provide the same information as analog displays can. Analog displays excel at showing trends. Digital displays that only show discrete numbers lack the trend information.
In aviation, the digital displays are also commonly used but they are designed to show not only discrete numbers but also graphical representation of trends.
Readers, Do you like your new digital displays or would you still prefer analog?
There are still two kinds of government incentives available to the new electric vehicle buyers such as federal tax incentive of $7500 and state incentives. Tesla has already exceed the limits set by government in order to qualify for tax deductions. So, if you buy Model Y, you will not be eligible for Federal Tax savings. You will be eligible for your state’s incentives and they vary per state. You will have to find if and what they are. Pennsylvania, for example, is offering the alternative fuel rebates and information can be found here. On the other hand, Ford Mustang Mach-E does qualify you to receive a potential $7500 tax incentives from federal government. Why potential? Your eligibility depends not only on you purchasing Mach-E but also your personal tax situation.
Readers, Does the state in USA you live in offer any incentives or rebates for purchasing battery electric vehicle?
As far as charging at home, both Mach-E and Model Y can be charged at a very similar charge speed and provide different in-home charging solutions. When traveling long distance, Tesla offers supercharging network that covers a majority of USA, Europe and has presence in other countries. If interested, you can find details in my Tesla supercharger network review. The network coverage data came directly from the Model S maps which was cool to capture. On the other hand, Ford has started its own FordPass Charging Network. This is still new and growing network. In this respect, I think Tesla has an advantage over Ford since Tesla’s supercharger network is larger than FordPass and growing.
The summary list of pros and cons for both Model Y and Mustang Mach-E should help to see both similarities and differences between the two compact SUVs. For this side by side comparison, I selected the all-wheel drive versions of both cars in order to be fair to Tesla Model Y since it is only offered with AWD option.
|Price||$58 K||$52 K|
|270 mil||316 mil|
|Seats||5||up to 7|
|Auto Steer |
& Park Assist
|EPA MPG||N/A – All Electric||N/A – All Electric|
(Free for 2 years)
(Fee per use)
With Mustang Mach-E, Ford has a very strong offering to enter an all electric SUV market. Tesla, however, is a pioneer in an all electric cars and has an established reputation. Even though Tesla has lost its share of Federal tax incentives, Tesla Model Y is a very strong compact all electric SUV. Tesla’s Supercharging network and technology such as Autopilot with its continuously upgraded features such as Navigate On Autopilot and full self driving capabilities and regular pushed software updates offer significant advantages over Ford.
Tesla, early on, has recognized the importance of digitalization of automotive industry. This is not just about saving money on gas by going electric. It is also about opening new channels to build and sell software and hardware for automobiles and building new infrastructure such as charging stations. We can think of Tesla Model S, X, 3 and Y not just as electric automobiles but as platforms to sell new software and hardware. Ford is recognizing the new digitalization of automobiles market opportunities and Mustang Mach-E does seem to be a strong start in that direction.
Readers, would you consider Ford Mustang Mach-E or Model Y and why?
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