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The Ford Mustang Mach-E is a high-tech blend of retro and modern. With its pony emblem and tri-bar taillights, the Mach-E recalls muscle cars of the past. But with its cutting-edge electric powertrain, this sporty SUV is at the forefront of EV design.

Those attributes help make the Mach-E a popular pick. So much so that Ford closed the order banks for the entry-level trim last fall. Thankfully, production can now keep up with demand, and buyers can order the electric pony car of their choice. But there’s one feature of the new Mustang Mach-E that’s especially groundbreaking: Phone As A Key. Let’s look at how that works and why it makes daily driving more convenient.

A red 2023 Ford Mustang Mach-E small electric SUV is parked.
The 2023 Ford Mustang Mach-E | Ford

How does phone as a key work on a 2023 Ford Mustang Mach-E?

Phone As A Key is just what it sounds like: a digital key embedded on your mobile device. Gone is the hassle of finding your keys, unlocking the door, and starting your vehicle. Instead, your phone connects to the Mach-E via Bluetooth, opens the doors, and turns on the lights. Then you just press the start/stop button and drive away.

That’s a new level of convenience.

Ford claims setting up Phone As A Key is easy. First, download the FordPass app. Then sit behind the wheel with your Mach-E turned on, and you’ll notice a “Set Up Phone as a Key” button on the FordPass app. In less than a minute, your phone is your new car key.

Other EV manufacturers use mobile key apps, like Volkswagen’s We Connect, Chevrolet’s myChevrolet, and BMW’s Digital Key. And as EVs gain in popularity, mobile integration progresses each year.

2023 Ford Mustang Mach-E other features and specs

As a Mustang for the 21st century, the Mach-E comes loaded with technology. Here are some cool details.

The heart of the Mach-E is its electric powertrain. Depending on the configuration, it uses a rear-mounted motor or dual axle setup powered by lithium-ion cells. Single-motor trims produce 266 hp and 317 lb-ft of torque, while dual-motor versions make up to 480 hp and 428 lb-ft of torque. Standard range and extended range trims are available and can travel between 224 and 310 miles on a charge.

Inside, the 2023 Mach-E offers a futuristic take on the pony car. A digital gauge cluster relays vital info, while a 15.5-inch touchscreen runs the Sync infotainment system. Sync uses over-the-air updates for continual optimization, and runs apps like Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and Waze.

An optional fixed-glass roof offers scenic views, while the Intelligent Range feature shows when it’s time to charge. And when you get behind the wheel of the Mach-E, ambient lighting creates an innovative atmosphere.

Different trims and pricing

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Ford makes several Mach-E trims to suit different needs and budgets. Let’s take a look.

The $46,595 Mach-E Select includes:

  • 66 hp single-motor RWD powertrain
  • 250-mile range (Standard Range battery)
  • Eight-way power driver’s seat
  • Six-speaker audio system
  • Adaptive cruise control with Stop and Go

Next is the $50,595 Mach-E Premium with:

  • 266 hp single-motor RWD powertrain
  • 310-mile range (Extended Range battery)
  • Heated front seats
  • Adjustable ambient lighting
  • 10-speaker Bang & Olufsen audio system

The feature-laden $60,595 Mach-E California Route 1 has:

  • 346 hp dual-motor AWD powertrain
  • Up to 312 miles range (Extended Range battery)
  • Sporty styling with black accents
  • Pony projection lamp from sideview mirrors
  • California Route 1 badging on liftgate

The performance-focused Mach-E GT starts at $63,595 and includes:

  • 480 hp dual-motor AWD powertrain
  • Up to 270 miles range
  • Suspension with MagneRide damping system
  • 0-60 in 3.8 seconds
  • Instruments with aluminum highlights

The 2023 Mustang Mach-E is Ford’s pony car for the EV age. It has the classic style to light up the boulevard, and the technology to stay ahead of the pack. And with different trims to suit various budgets, getting behind the wheel is a matter of picking your preference. It’s an American EV for everyone.