4 Things Consumer Reports Doesn’t Like About the 2022 Ford Mustang Mach-E

The all-electric 2022 Ford Mustang Mach-E comes highly recommended by Consumer Reports, and for good reason. There’s a lot to love about the blue oval’s EV pony. However, as you know, CR also tends to offer disadvantages and dislikes about even the most highly recommended rides. There are four things, in particular, the Consumer Reports team didn’t like about the Ford Mustang Mach-E. Here are the setbacks you might want to consider before you rush out to buy one for yourself.

1. Tiny and frustrating door handles

The Ford Mustang Mach-E GT on display at the Los Angeles Auto Show
The Ford Mustang Mach-E GT | FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP via Getty Images

When Consumer Reports evaluates new vehicles, consumers listen. Consumer Reports weighed in on the 2022 Ford Mustang Mach-E, citing plenty of accolades and favorite features. However, there are a few annoyances, too. One of the first frustrations the CR team points out involves the EV’s door handles.

For starters, these aren’t ordinary or traditional door handles. They’re push-button door latches that require two steps to operate. The team says they’re “fussy,” and they feel “gimmicky to use.” Both front and rear Mustang Mach-E doors use this frustrating and quasi-bizarre feature.

When you press the button to initiate the door to open electronically, the selected door responds by opening slightly. But the front door handle is super small, and the rear doors don’t have a handle to grab hold of. If you’re in a downpour and need to get in your EV quickly, these finicky doors will not be ideal.

2. Oddly placed and difficult to use controls

Another head-scratcher you might notice with the 2022 Ford Mustang Mach-E is the climate controls. The Consumer Reports team refers to these controls as “oddly placed” with a “confusing icon mashup.” There are capacitive touch selections that use upward arrows, a forward slash, a gear cog, and a defrost symbol. Not sure what those icons translate to? Neither did the CR evaluators, who said the lack of shortcut buttons to simplify requested selections made this odd cluster of controls inefficient to use, especially while driving.

The large center touchscreen might look like that of a Tesla. However, it requires more attention and precision focus to use precisely, which means taking your eyes off the road probably longer than you’d like. Additionally, there isn’t a place to rest your hand since the screen seems almost suspended freely, which can be awkward-feeling to use, too. Even changing the heated seat levels is a pain with the dragging slider feature and not the traditional, tap continuously until you reach your desired heat setting.

3. It’s average driving range

Another 2022 Ford Mustang Mach-E grumble that Consumer Reports outlined in their evaluation involves the limited driving range. The version the team tested was an 88-kWh, extended-range battery with an all-wheel drive. This variation has an EPA rating of 270 miles of range. It’s not a bad benchmark, but it does fall short of some rivals, including the Tesla Model Y’s more impressive 325 miles of range.

The team also recommends consumers buy the extended-range battery model, which could bump up the miles of range to 300 for rear-wheel-drive models. Edmunds recommends this level, as well. The standard versions of the Mustang Mach-E are even lower in EPA-rated ranges. You can only expect 211 and 230 miles of range on those.

4. Long charging times

Here’s the fourth drawback, according to the Consumer Reports testers, regarding the 2022 Ford Mustang Mach-E. Charging times are especially long. In fact, if you’re Mustang Mach-E is on empty, you’re going to wait 10 hours to recharge it entirely on a 240-volt connection. You can, however, opt for the 14-50 NEMA type of outlet and mobile charging cord instead of investing in the installment of a home charging unit.

Almost every other aspect of the 2022 Ford Mustang Mach-E earned praise and high marks from the Consumer Reports team, including acceleration, handling, and comforts. Still, these four features stood out as frustrating dislikes, and they may sway your decision, too.

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