Driving the 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E has proven to be an incredible experience. But this four-door electric Ford Mustang isn’t like the sports car I used to know! There are plenty of features that are still processing, but I’ve gathered five pros and three cons so far.
2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E review: Five pros and three cons
I’ve been enjoying the week with the 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E First Edition with eAWD and the extended range battery pack. It has an MSRP of $58,300 with a $1,100 destination fee, and the Rapid Red Metallic Tinted Clear Coat is electrifying!
The First Edition package includes extra goodies such as red-painted front and rear brake calipers, brushed aluminum pedal covers, front door scuff plates with First Edition badging, and perforated ActiveX seating material.
Five Mustang Mach-E Pros
1. The ride is smooth
The 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E has a very smooth ride. Large bumps in country roads and dips don’t seem to phase it. The suspension easily absorbs impacts without rattling the chassis or jostling passengers. There is virtually no body roll around curves either.
2. The tech is outstanding
Instead of having a head-up display, the Mustang Mach-E features a digital gauge display above the dash. It provides your speed, battery charge, and the speed limit based on road sign recognition. You can customize it to display different features too. Also, the navigation displays how much you go up or down in elevation!
There is a wireless charging pad in front of the center console, and you can connect two smartphones simultaneously. I had one phone displaying the navigation and another phone playing a podcast.
The massive 15.5-inch touchscreen is beautiful. The graphics look great, and the system is very responsive. Plus, it’s not touchscreen only. There is a physical knob for adjusting the radio, and on that note, the Bang & Olufsen audio system sounds fantastic.
With the 360-degree overhead camera view and front-facing camera, the Mustang Mach-E is very easy to maneuver.
3. There is so much space
There are 29.7 cubic feet of cargo space in the rear with up to 59.7 cubic feet total. If you run out of space in the trunk area, then you can access the front trunk or frunk for even more room. Plus, there is a large storage cubby under the wireless phone charging pad, and the center console is pretty deep.
4. This Mustang is fast
This one is probably a no-brainer. Of course, a muscle car is fast. But the Mustang Mach-E features instant torque, and it’s something all enthusiasts should experience. With 346 hp and 428 lb-ft of torque, you can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in about 4.8 seconds. There is no trouble with merging into traffic or climbing up steep inclines.
5. The Mach-E is comfortable
The 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E provides a relaxing ride with its quiet interior and stable performance. You can adjust the leather seats to provide the optimal amount of lumbar support and thigh support. You can also have a commanding view of the road.
The passenger seat reclines pretty far back, allowing passengers to nap or enjoy the panoramic roof. The more relaxed driving modes provide ambient soft blue lighting, and you can put the infotainment screen in relaxed mode if you only want it to display the time.
Three Mustang Mach-E Cons
1. The at-home charger is a little weak
Upon receiving the Mustang Mach-E, I was excited about the home charging cord that’s included. But it’s the 120-volt adaptor, which gains a charge of three minutes per hour. It can take forever to generate juice this way.
But with the optional 240-volt adaptor, you get about 19 miles of charge per hour. You can also access DC fast-charging stations to replenish 80% of the battery in about 52 minutes. You can have one installed at home or find charging stations nearby with the FordPass app.
2. There could be a little more tech
The 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E is incredibly fresh and modern, but it doesn’t have ventilated seats. Other models like the Ford F-150 PowerBoost Hybrid and the Mazda CX-9 feature cooled seats and perhaps they’ll be added later. But the automatic temperature climate control system will instantly cool you off. It’s powerful, fast, and effective.
Also, the roof has a panoramic glass window. It doesn’t open. I would enjoy feeling the fresh air. It doesn’t have electrochromic glass either, so you can’t adjust the tint. But it’s designed to help the vehicle stay cooler on hot days and warmer on winter days, and it works extremely well.
3. The brakes take getting used to
You don’t have to worry about stopping in the Mustang Mach-E. The brakes are very confident. But they can also be a little grabby. Until I got used to them, my passengers and I were facing abrupt stops and being jostled forward. After a bit of time spent behind the wheel, you’ll learn how to achieve smooth stops in no time.
There are three different driving modes, and Unbridled is the sportest option. The acceleration and braking are tuned for a racing experience. The Whisper and engaged modes provide a more relaxed experience and the braking feels noticeably different.
I wish I had more time than just a week with the Mustang Mach-E. I would like to get to know it a little more. I have another road trip coming up, so I’ll spend a few more hours behind the wheel and provide updates about my overall experience.