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The 2023 Ford Mustang Mach-E is an innovative take on the modern EV. With its advanced powertrain and pony car styling, the Mach-E mixes advanced technology with retro looks. And with so many trims to choose from—like Select, Premium, California Route 1, and GT—buyers can get just what they’re after.

But what does the California Route 1 trim add? Let’s look at what it includes and how it compares to other Mach-E trims.

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2023 Ford mustang Mach-E California Route 1 features

The 2023 Ford Mustang Mach-E California Route 1 sure sounds cool. Like something from the ’60s muscle car era, the name exudes images of open roads and beautiful places. But even though California Route 1 sounds special, it adds and removes features compared to lower-end models.

The $56,995 Mach-E California Route 1 includes the following:

  • Dual-motor AWD powertrain with 346 hp and 428 lb-ft of torque
  • Extended range battery (312 miles)
  • Front pony badge and pony with California Route 1 badge on liftgate
  • 18-inch high-gloss black aluminum wheels with low-gloss black aero covers
  • Sync 4A infotainment system

Compared to the lower-end $46,995 Premium trim, the California Route 1 adds dual-motor AWD and an extended-range battery. But it also removes key features like :

  • Bang & Olufsen 10-speaker premium audio system
  • Power liftgate
  • LED projector headlamps with LED signature lighting
  • Ambient lighting
  • Perforated ActiveX seating material

The top-of-the-line 2023 Ford Mustang Mach-E GT starts at $59,995, and offers ultimate performance, along with premium equipment. Here’s what you get:

  • Dual-motor AWD powertrain with 480 hp and 600 lb-ft of torque
  • Available MagneRide damping system
  • Front-row sports seats
  • Ambient lighting
  • Bang & Olufsen 10-speaker premium audio

Though $3,000 more than the California Route 1, the GT adds substantial features for the money. And with its excellent performance—like 0-60 in less than four seconds—the GT trim seems worth the cost.

With so many trims to choose from, Mustang Mach-E buyers have a lot to consider. U.S. News recommends initially selecting a battery pack and going from there. That way, customers know their Mach-E’s range and which trims have what they need.

2023 Ford Mustang Mach-E: which trim is best?

When Mach-E buyers choose between Premium, California Route 1, and GT trims, it comes down to cost, luxury, and performance.

Drivers who want an upscale ride at a lower price might prefer the Mach-E Premium. Even though it has an RWD powertrain and reduced range, the Premium’s audio system, ambient lighting, and projector headlamps make it a strong value.

For retro nostalgia and upgraded technology, the California Route 1 trim makes sense. With its standard dual-motor AWD configuration and substantial 312-mile range, this trim mixes driving dynamics with long range efficiency. And the California Route 1’s badging and details add classic style.

The Mustang Mach-E GT offers maximum performance and luxury that’s worth the cost. Its 480 hp dual-motor setup can hang with anything on the road, and its optional MagneRide damping system is taut and smooth. A premium interior—with Bang & Olufsen audio and ambient lighting—and an athletic exterior—with 20-inch aluminum wheels and styled front fascia—round out the package.

The 2023 Ford Mustang Mach-E is a well-rounded EV. And with several trims to choose from, buyers can find the ideal mix of cost and features. For some, that could be a full-featured interior and RWD setup at a reasonable price. For others, that might be top-of-the-line technology and racy styling. Either way, the Mach-E is a fine vehicle.


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