Which electric SUV is the better - The Tesla Model Y or Ford Mustang Mach-E

The 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E has officially debuted, but the big news is that the folks over at the Mach-E forums discovered some URLs on Ford’s official website that includes more information about the SUV than FoMoCo wanted us to know right now, including pricing. It seems that the Mustang Mach-E will have a starting price similar to Tesla’s Model Y, so it’s time to see how the two electric SUVs compare.

Both SUVs start from around $43,000

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The base Ford Mach-E is $195 more expensive than the entry-level Model Y

The leaked web pages reveal that the Mustang Mach-E comes in at $43,895 in the base Select trim. The base Tesla Model Y, the RWD Long Range, starts from $43,700. This means that the Ford is only $195 more expensive than the Model Y.

Next up, the Premium trim of the Mach-E costs $50,600, while the California Route 1 comes in at $52,000. Both are notably more expensive than the Model Y AWD Long Range, priced from $47,000.

Ford will offer two more versions of the Mustang Mach-E. There will be the First Edition available at launch, priced from $59,900, and a higher performance variant, the GT, priced from $60,500. Both models are a bit more expensive than the range-topping Model Y, the AWD Performance, priced from $56,700.

Yes, it’s a bit surprising that certain trims cost up to $4,000 more than the Model Y, but we need to find out if that premium brings important extra features or notable increases in the performance department.

The Mustang Mach-E has what it takes in the range department

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The Mach-E that matches Tesla's range is notably more expensive

Teslas usually lead the market when it comes to performance and range, but the Mustang Mach-E comes surprisingly close. The most efficient Model Y is the base RWD Long Range. This crossover offers up to 300 miles per single charge for $43,700. Yet, only the Premium and California Route 1 trims of the Mustang Mach-E will offer identical range. But the Premium comes in at $50,600 before options while the California Route 1 costs $52,400. That accounts for a premium of $6,900 - $8,700.

The other two Model Y variants, the all-wheel drive Long Range and Performance, return 280 miles. While this is less than the Mustang Mach-E Premium, we’re talking about only 20 miles. The First Edition model comes close at 270 miles, while costing $59,900. Again, that’s between $2,000 and $3,000 more than the aforementioned Model Y versions. The high-performance Mach-E GT, on the other hand, delivers only 235 miles, a 45-mile drop from the Model Y AWD Performance. The entry-level Mach-E returns only 230 miles per charge, a whopping 70 miles less than the base Model Y, which retails from a similar price.

The Ford Mustang Mach-E is slower than the Model Y

The 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E is as expensive as the Tesla Model Y, but is it worth it? Exterior
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Tesla is famous for delivering impressively quick EVs. The base Model Y, for instance, needs 5.5 seconds to hit 60 mph. Precise figures for the Mach-E are not yet available, but the leaked sheet suggests that the RWD base model will hit 60 mph in around 6.5 clicks. The AWD model will do it in around 5.5 seconds, just as quick as the base Model Y, but the latter hass RWD. The AWD Long Range model charges to 60 mph in 4.8 seconds, more than a half-second quicker than the Ford.

Out of all the Mach-E variants, only the GT is supposed to get to 60 mph in less than five seconds.

Word has it this model will actually accelerate to the benchmark in less than four seconds. That’s quick enough to leave both versions of the Model Y Long Range behind, but it will probably be slower than the AWD Performance. The latter is powerful enough to reach 60 mph in just 3.5 seconds. Again, most Mach-E trims cost more despite being slower.

The Tesla Model Y could be the better deal

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We need more official figures to draw a solid conclusion, but based on what we have right now, the Tesla Model Y might be the better deal. The math is simple: you get better range and better performance for slightly more affordable prices. It looks like the Mach-E might have what it takes to give the Model Y a run for its money, but it’s not a segment-leading option just yet.

Ciprian Florea
Senior Editor and Supercar Expert - ciprian@topspeed.com
Ciprian's passion for everything with four wheels (and more) started back when he was just a little boy, and the Lamborghini Countach was still the coolest car poster you could hang on your wall. Ciprian's career as a journalist began long before earning a Bachelor's degree, but it was only after graduating that his love for cars became a profession.  Read More
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