Despite its controversial name, the hype for the 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E has been increasing as deliveries of the electrified crossover begin across the country. Despite being the brand’s first electric crossover, the Mach-E has to meet some serious expectations.
In this regard, early reviews of the electrified model have been overwhelmingly positive. In fact, many reviews have found the model to be well-built, powerful, and comfortable on the road. However, Consumer Reports managed to find one crucial drawback during its testing.
What does the 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E get right?
Before diving into this 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E drawback, it is worth noting what it does very well. According to Consumer Reports, the first thing that stands out behind the wheel of the Mach-E is the crossover’s power delivery. Since it uses electric motors, power comes on instantaneously, making it feel quite fast. Despite offering various drive modes, Consumer Reports noted that the crossover felt quite quick in all of them.
Since the 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E will be used as a daily driver, interior comfort is vital. According to Consumer Reports, the Mach-E also excelled in this category, featuring a spacious and quiet cabin. Additionally, the fact that it is essentially a lifted hatchback gives it ample cargo space. You even get extra storage space in the front since there is no need for an internal combustion engine.
In terms of handling, the 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E features a rear-wheel-drive bias. As a result, Consumer Reports notes that the crossover feels quite sporty on the road. While it isn’t exactly a sports car, the crossover managed to impress with its handling characteristics.
This crossover has just 1 electrified drawback
Despite tons of positive features, the 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E has one major drawback. According to Consumer Reports, the main fault revolves around the EV’s charging time. Consumer Reports notes that it would take over 10 hours to charge the extended-range model from empty. Additionally, charing from 40 to 70 percent reportedly takes four hours on a 240-volt connector. The positive note here is that buyers that opt to charge overnight likely won’t encounter this drawback often.
On top of the reportedly slow charging times, Consumer Reports wasn’t happy with the 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E’s range. This has to do with the base estimated electric range of 230 miles. According to Consumer Reports, this rating is too close to that of a gas-powered car and may not be enough to convince buyers to switch to electricity. However, it is worth noting that more expensive models are available with better-estimated range figures.
Is the Mach-E worth buying?
If it isn’t clear, these 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E drawbacks are relatively minor in the grand scheme of things. As mentioned in the intro, there is a lot to like about this electrified crossover. The fact that it is also the brand’s first attempt at an electrified crossover speaks volumes of how determined it is to deliver a quality product. As a result, it should absolutely be on your radar.
The base 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E starts at $42,895 and offers your 230 miles of electric range. From there, you can option the Premium, which starts at $47,000. However, the quickest version of this crossover is the GT, which starts at $60,500. Unfortunately, the range-topping trim won’t become available until sometime in 2021. As a result, you may have to wait to get the very best of this electrified Ford.