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Electric vehicles were once seen as glorified golf carts to many drivers. But comparing the 2022 Ford Mustang Mach-E vs 2022 Tesla Model Y shows that these prejudices are completely unfounded. These two BEV (battery electric vehicle) compact SUVs provide as much luxury as conventional gas-powered SUVs, with the added benefits of powerful performance and no need for gasoline. What’s more, as EVs, the 2022 Mustang Mach-E and the 2022 Tesla Model Y have zero emissions, which lets you know that you are doing your part to help the environment.
Tesla has built its entire company around EVs from its founding, while Ford entered the EV market with the introduction of the Mustang Mach-E in 2021. Tesla introduced its Model Y one year earlier, and now these two compact SUVs designed for impressive performance are ready to face off in the marketplace. Ford signaled its dedication to making its first EV performance-oriented by naming it after its most famous sports car model, the Mustang. While some thought that an electric car could never live up to such a prestigious name, Ford proved them wrong.
Ford and Tesla have taken different approaches to their compact electric SUVs. While Tesla offers the 2022 Model Y with two trims, each with a specific powertrain, Ford has given drivers more choices on the 2022 Mustang Mach-E. The 2022 Tesla Model Y comes in either the Long Range model with an MSRP of $65,990 or the Performance model, which starts at an MSRP of $69,990. Both come with a dual-motor all-wheel drive powertrain, but the Performance trades range for speed.
Not only does Ford offer four trims on the 2022 Mustang Mach-E, but it has more affordable pricing. The entry-level model is the Select, which has an MSRP of $43,895. This model rides on 18-inch carbonized gray-painted aluminum wheels and features a choice of either rear-wheel drive or all-wheel drive. The Premium rides on 19-inch machined-face aluminum wheels with high gloss black-painted pockets. Drivers also have the option of choosing a 91 kWh Extended Range battery instead of the 70 kWh Standard Range battery.
The California Route 1 adds heated front seats and 18-inch high gloss black-painted aluminum wheels with low gloss black aero covers. This model comes standard with the 91 kWh Extended Range battery and has the longest range of any Mustang Mach-E trim.
The top trim is the Mustang Mach-E GT. This earns its stripes with a special high-performance powertrain. This model has standard all-wheel drive and sports a set of 20-inch machined-face aluminum wheels with high-gloss black-painted pockets and aero covers. The GT starts at an MSRP of $61,995, which is still less than the base MSRP of the 2022 Tesla Model Y.
There are also two special editions of the 2022 Mustang Mach-E. The GT Performance Edition boosts the torque on the GT powertrain. Meanwhile, the Ice White Edition has a special Star White Metallic exterior paint job and rides on a set of exclusive 19-inch machined-face aluminum wheels with Oxford white-painted pockets. Drivers can choose between the Standard Range and Extended Range batteries as well as either rear-wheel or all-wheel drive.
Ford offers five different powertrain options on the 2022 Mustang Mach-E, while Tesla only offers two powertrains on the 2022 Model Y. The entry-level powertrain on the 2022 Mustang Mach-E has a 70 kWh Standard Range lithium-ion battery that provides power to a single electric motor in the rear axle. This can generate 266 hp and 317 lb-ft of torque. You can also pair the Standard Range battery with two electric motors, one each in the front and rear axle. This provides all-wheel drive to the Mustang Mach-E while delivering 428 lb-ft of torque.
Ford also offers a 91 kWh Extended Range lithium-ion battery that comes standard on the California Route 1 model and is available on the Premium trim. When paired with single-motor rear-wheel drive, it can produce 290 hp and 317 lb-ft of torque. If you opt for dual electric motors to get all-wheel drive on your vehicle, the output increases to 346 hp and 428 lb-ft of torque. The most powerful option on the 2022 Mustang Mach-E is the GT, which comes standard with the 91 kWh Extended Range battery and upgraded dual electric motors. This provides 480 hp and 600 lb-ft of torque, which increases to 634 lb-ft of torque on the GT Performance Edition.
In contrast, Tesla only offers two powertrain options on the 2022 Model Y. The Long Range uses a 75 kWh lithium-ion battery pack to power an electric motor in each axle. The Performance trim features the same battery but uses a pair of upgraded electric motors to provide approximately 480 hp––roughly 100 hp more than the Long Range and around the same level of power as the GT and GT Performance Edition of the 2022 Mustang Mach-E.
The longest range of any of the models is the 2022 Tesla Model Y Long Range, which can go up to 330 miles on a single charge. However, this is almost matched by the 2022 Mustang Mach-E models with the 91 kWh Extended Range battery pack, which can go up to 314 miles with rear-wheel drive or 312 miles with all-wheel drive. The Tesla Model Y Performance can go up to 303 miles on a single charge. The Mustang Mach-E models with the 70 kWh Standard Range batteries can go 247 miles on a single charge with rear-wheel drive or 224 miles with all-wheel drive. The Mustang Mach-E GT, which is designed for speed, can go 270 miles on a single charge.
The fastest of the models is the 2022 Ford Mustang Mach-E GT Performance Edition, which can go from 0 to 60 mph in 3.5 seconds, exactly matching the Tesla Model Y Performance. The Mustang Mach-E, with the Extended Range battery and all-wheel drive, can go 0-60 mph in 4.8 seconds, which is the same figure as the Tesla Model Y Long Range.
The 2022 Ford Mustang Mach-E and the 2022 Tesla Model Y have fairly comparable cargo space when traveling with a full complement of five passengers. While the Tesla has a slightly roomier trunk with 30.2 cu.ft. of space, compared to 29.7 cu.ft. in the Ford, the Mustang Mach-E has a more useful frunk (“front trunk”) with 4.7 cu.ft. of space, compared to 4.1 cu.ft. on the Model Y. As a result, the Ford will give you 34.4 cu.ft. of total cargo space, while the Tesla will give you 34.3 cu.ft. In order to free up more space in the Tesla Model Y than the Ford Mustang Mach-E requires folding down the rear seats.
Both the Ford Mustang Mach-E and the Tesla Model Y seat up to five passengers standard, although Tesla does offer a three-row option on the Model Y. However, with only 34.6 inches of headroom and 26.5 inches of legroom, the rear seat on this three-row Model Y is only really usable by small children or adults who don’t mind being cramped for short distances.
If you compare the two-row models of both EVs, you’ll find that the Tesla is shorter and narrower than the Ford. This is why the two models have fairly comparable legroom, but passengers may find the Tesla Model Y a little more cramped than the Ford Mustang Mach-E. The Model Y has 41.8 inches of legroom in the front row and 40.5 inches in the back, similar to the 43.3 inches of legroom in the front seats of the Mustang Mach-E and 38.1 in the back.
However, the narrower dimensions of the Tesla provide only 56.4 inches of shoulder room and 53.8 inches of hip room in the front row, and a fairly tight 54 inches of shoulder room and 50.6 inches of hip room in the back. Ford does a better job of apportioning the passenger space among the two rows, resulting in a much more comfortable 57.6 inches of shoulder room and 55.4 inches of hip room in the front row of the Mustang Mach-E and 55.9 inches of shoulder room and 53.2 inches of hip room in the rear row. As a result, your passengers are sure to find the Ford Mustang Mach-E more comfortable and roomy than the Tesla Model Y, which can come in handy on long road trips.