Taking a Deeper Dive into the Ford Mustang Mach-E vs Tesla Model Y

January 10th, 2020 by

A blue 2020 Ford Mustang Mach-E is facing forward while driving under a concrete bridge.

When considering one of the new Ford SUVs, you have all kinds of options available to you. You can go with one of the smaller crossovers such as the EcoSport or the Escape, opt for a larger mid-range SUV such as the Edge and Explorer, or you can go for a full-size SUV like the 2020 Expedition. And in the coming months, you’ll also receive your first look at the all-new Ford Bronco. However, what happens when you want something a bit different from the standard SUVs? Perhaps you want an electric vehicle and not a hybrid-electric vehicle. But you want a pure all-electric design and to move entirely away from any fuel consumption. Well, you’re in luck. While not currently available as of yet, Ford just announced its 2021 Mustang Mach-E. This all-electric crossover (which looks like a Ford Escape crossed with a Mustang and became an all-electric vehicle), may be exactly what you’re interested in. It’s already directly compared with a similarly sized crossover from Tesla, the Model Y. But if you are looking for an all-electric crossover, you will need to take a deeper dive into the Ford Mustang Mache-E vs Tesla Model Y.

Driving Range of the Mach-E and Model Y

Realistically, it’s been the driving range that has prevented many people from taking the plunge into an all-electric vehicle. Up until just a year or two ago, if you wanted an electric vehicle, you could only use it to drive in town. Anything more than a few dozen miles and the engine would run dry. Of course, most of those cars were so small and light you could almost just pick it up and carry it back home with you (almost). But now things have changed. The driving range is far more realistic, and with more and more locations installing plug-in charging terminals, it’s easier than ever before to rely completely on electric vehicles.

So while other vehicle comparisons might start specifically with the engine, the comparison here will begin with the driving range. With the 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E, the full driving range will depend on some of the kinds of batteries you opt for. The early release Mach-E will be the vehicles on the lower end of the driving range. Those with the additional engine batteries will come out later.

A side view of a white 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E, which will soon be a popular option among Ford SUVs, is driving next to a lake outside of Albany, NY.

For the smaller driving range on the Mach-E, you will be able to max out at around 230 miles. The upgraded options will come with a 300-mile range as well. You should also note that there are sporty trim options. These sportier designs will be closer to the 230-mile range. Some of the exact specifics Ford has not officially released yet regarding all the engine and battery specs, but the exact numbers and costs for these features will come out in the coming weeks and months.

These numbers aren’t all too different from what the Tesla Model Y can offer. With the Model Y, the max driving range will hit 300 miles as well. The lower end will hit around 280, but again it all comes down to the exact trim and features you decide to go with.

Engine and Performance Information

When comparing engine output, you might see it listed in either kW (for horsepower) or Nm (for torque). These are just varying ways of measuring an electric output versus a fuel-powered output. To help keep everything easily understandable and comparable to current engines, we will provide you with both the electrical and traditional engine numbers.

With the Ford Mustang Mach-E, the engine is targeted to produce up to 459 horsepower (342 kW) while also generating 621 lb-ft of torque (830 Nm) with the GT trim. As for the Tesla Model Y, the engine produces around 450 horsepower (340 kW) and 471 lb-ft of torque. Although, Tesla has not announced official horsepower or torque information, that is an estimate based on the battery they use. So, as you can see, the Ford Mach-E is expected to offer a superior amount of torque. If you’re looking for specific towing numbers you will want to wait for Ford to put out the official numbers (both for how much the vehicle can tow and for how long).

Driver Assistance Features in the Mach-E and Model Y

When the first Tesla sedans came out the company turned heads with its full self-driving feature. For a time, Tesla did need to turn this feature off because too many people were filming themselves taking a nap behind the wheel. While the vehicles have impressive technology, the self-drive feature is not yet designed to fully replace a conscious driver.

The front black leather interior of a 2021 Mach-E is shown.

There have been several tweaks and upgrades over the last several years, so the full self-driving feature is back on. But how does the Ford Mach-E stand up to it? On the Ford, the vehicle uses what Ford refers to as Co-Pilot360. This doesn’t provide complete self-driving, but it does offer pre-collision assist, automatic emergency braking, BLIS with Cross-Traffic Alert, a rearview camera, automatic high beams, lane-keeping assist, post-collision braking, reverse sensing, and reverse brake assist. There is also adaptive cruise control, which will slow down and speed up the vehicle based on surrounding traffic while doing what it can to maintain your desired cruising speed. It can also detect a speed limit change and adjust accordingly.

On the Tesla, the vehicle uses eight external cameras, a dozen ultrasonic sensors, and a radar feeding into the vehicle’s computer system to help with automotive driving experience. Full self-driving is an available option on the Tesla, although this comes with a significant price increase. With the self-driving feature though, it does offer something known as “Smart Summon.” This is where you can exit a store and tell the vehicle to come pick you up. It will then turn on and drive up to you to pick you up.

The Future Of Ford Is Right Around The Corner

Ford has been an industry leader in the SUV sector for decades. From the Escape to the Explorer, the Expedition to the return of the Bronco, there has always been a size and performance options available for you at Ford. However, the time has come to move into the all-electric space. No longer are electric vehicles under-sized offerings that can only drive a few dozen miles or are so small you feel like a heavy gust of wind would blow it over. The Ford Mustang Mach-E is here to turn heads and to give you the most futuristic, advanced vehicle Ford has ever put out. So if you’re interested in learning more about the 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E, make sure to check out the Ford website. You can also stop by our dealership at DePaula Ford to talk about the new crossover SUV, discuss how you might go on the waiting list, or to even look at other current SUVs while you want for the release of the Mach-E. If you’re tired of paying the constantly changing gas prices in Albany and want a reliable SUV that’ll get you too and about, our team at DePaula Ford is here for you.

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