The Tesla Model Y Still Dominates the Mustang Mach-E

It’s tough to find anything negative about the Ford Mustang Mach-E. It’s one heck of an electric SUV. But the Tesla Model Y has been around the block a few extra times and could still dominate the competition. Check out what the Tesla Model Y has on the Ford Mustang Mach-E. 

The Tesla Model Y vs. the Mustang Mach-E 

With an MSRP of about $49,990, the 2021 Tesla Model Y used to be the least expensive luxury model SUV. Now it can move over because the 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E has an MSRP of about $42,895. Keep in mind that this is just the MSRP, so destination fees and dealership markups could be added. 

According to Inside Devs, the Mach-E still has a $7,500 tax credit while the Tesla doesn’t. What, why doesn’t Tesla have a tax credit? Because once an automaker sells a total of 200,000 units, a phase-out for the tax credit begins. You can see the full explanation of how the tax credits work here

The Tesla Model Y is the brand's first small electric crossover.
Tesla Model Y | ATTILA KISBENEDEK/AFP via Getty Images

So, the Mustang Mach-E may be the better bargain when it comes to savings, and it looks better too. We know that looks are subjective, but according to an Auto List survey, 51% of participants liked the way the Mach-E looked more compared to the Tesla Model Y. So what advantages does the Tesla Model Y have? 

Tesla has a better charging network 

Currently, Tesla maintains a massive network of easy-to-use chargers. It’s fast, consistent, and they have been properly spaced out for road trips. This could really help reduce charging anxiety. Ford doesn’t have its own charging network yet. 

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The Ford Mustang Mach-E has the FordPass Charging Network encompassing other charging networks like Chargepoint, Electrify American, and third-party charges. It includes 12,000 charging stations, including fast chargers. You can use the FordPass to find chargers nearby. 

However, those who buy an electric vehicle, just like those who already have a Tesla, will most likely have a charger installed at home. Ford is collaborating with Amazon in the U.S. for installation services

Ford Mustang Mach-E and Tesla Model Y performance 

The entry-level Mustang Mach-E is powered by a 75.7-kWh battery and provides 225 hp and 306 lb-ft of torque. It should be able to accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in about six seconds, according to Motor Trend.

With all-wheel drive, the Mach-E will have 255 hp and 417 lb-ft of torque to reach 60 mph in about five seconds. Also, the extended range Mustang Mach-E will use a 98.8 kWh battery for 282 hp and 306 lb-ft of torque. 

A red 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E drives next to a lake
2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E | Ford

The entry-level Tesla Model Y has a 50-kWh battery to provide 283 hp and 307 lb-ft of torque. It can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in about five seconds. The long-range 75-kWh battery helps the Tesla pump out 346 hp and 376 lb-ft of torque to reach 60 mph in four seconds. 

Currently, the Tesla Model Y has a range of 310 miles with the larger battery, and the Mustang Mach-E has a range of about 270 miles. The Mustang Mach-E has a GT trim coming that will allow it to accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in about 3 seconds, but the Tesla Model Y can reach 60 mph in 3.2 seconds with the 3 Dual Motor.