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Say what?! We are shocked to learn that the 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E could have a terrible resale value. The new Ford Mustang Mach-E is an incredible addition to the growing electric SUV segment, so why does it face a high depreciation rate? 

The 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E could have a high depreciation rate 

A red 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E driving, the Mach-E is an electric SUV in direct competition with the Tesla Model Y
2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E | Ford

The team at MotorTrend provided a list of the SUVs that have the worst resale values for 2021, and the 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E made this list. The data is based on five-year retained value projections from IntelliChoice. IntelliChoice calculated how much a vehicle will decrease in value over five years by analyzing each trim level. 

Individual trims are analyzed based on reviewing historical used value trends of the vehicle’s ancestors. The largest impact on this data typically comes from the most significant cost of ownership, overall costs, and value rating. 

Also, IntelliChoice assumes that after five years, you will sell your vehicle in a private-party transaction. As in, not as a trade-in to a dealership. Plus, the vehicle is in good condition with 70,000 miles on the odometer. 

So, according to these projections, the average SUV has a 48.9 percent resale value, and the average car retains 46.5 percent of its initial value. The Ford Mustang Mach-E is projected to retain 39.7 percent of its original price. 

Is the Mustang Mach-E worth buying? 

Yes, the 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E is an excellent option to consider. It has strong acceleration, responsive handling, and sport rear-drive dynamics. The 15.5-inch infotainment display is also impressive. 

But when it’s compared to the Tesla Model Y, it struggles in a few areas. The Model Y has more range, interior space, and superior charging infrastructure. Also, none of the Tesla models landed on the worst resale value list. 

However, today we’re focusing on the Mustang Mach-E. You can get started in the base model for about $42,895. This is a competitive price in the electric vehicle market for now. Automakers are working to make more affordable entry-level options, though. 

The Mach-E actually won the EV of the Year Award. The award is based on design, performance, price, range, and the ability to attract more interest to electric vehicles. It surpass EVs that are too small, have a limited range, that are slow, and too expensive. 

How does the 2021 Mach-E perform? 

2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E interior
2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E interior | Ford

The 2021 Mustang Mach-E is available with a standard-range 75.7 kWh battery pack and an extended range 98.9 kWh pack. The extended battery provides 305 miles of estimated range. Adding all-wheel drive knocks it down to 270 miles. 

With the standard range model, you get 266 hp and 317 lb-ft of torque. The extended range model provides 317 hp and 420 lb-ft of torque. It has strong acceleration and handles like a rear-wheel-drive sedan. 

You may notice a little body movement, but it’s composed and stable. The brakes are a little grabby and take getting used to. Also, the suspension absorbs impacts with ease to provide a smooth ride. 

We aren’t sold on the idea that the 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E will have a low resale value. It seems to be a popular option that impresses critics. However, it’s still early, and problems may emerge as they acquire more miles.


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