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Ford Mustang Mach-E Test Drive: The Electric Revolution is Here... But It Doesn't Go Far Enough

Posted July 09, 2021 5:00 AM by dstrohl
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This is the 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E. Finally, a sport-utility with an emphasis on sport. Shoot from 0 to 60 mph in under 5 seconds with all four 19-inch tires pulling you to speed with deceptive ease, despite a curb weight approaching 5,000 pounds. And that’s the mid-line version! Passing in traffic is instantaneous. It’s noticeably lower than a new Explorer, but not sports car low; the flowing body lines and tapered roof—more hatchback than tailgate—make it instantly identifiable in a parking lot full of SUV rooflines. It’s sporty in a way that most SUVs just aren’t.

Much has been made of an SUV wearing the Mustang name, and most of the people we talked to (car fans and the hoi polloi alike) seemed to think that our vehicle was replacing the sporting coupe they’d known for decades, rather than adding to the line. To a person, they were confused. We grok that the Mustang name has more currency than the Ford oval lately, but (acceleration aside) count us among those who need more time to process Mustang’s mission creep.

There are multiple levels of charging available; the one that comes with the Mach-E, the Level 1 power cord, is nigh-on useless. It fed in about 1% of driving range (less than three miles) per hour of charge; an overnight charge from a wall outlet couldn’t get me above 20%. The nearest commercial Level 3 quick-charger was about a dozen miles away, in a direction I don’t normally travel. As a buyer, I’d want to have a Level 2 charger installed in the garage (an additional expense for the hardware and installation) to make charging more expeditious.

We know that it’s early days for electric-car infrastructure in this country; one can only hope that everything is sorted out by 2030, which appears to be the date when new internal-combustion engines will be verboten in many locations. Today, we find the Mustang Mach-E at cross-purposes. Never has Ford made such a vehicle that you want to drive long distances. Never has it been more complicated to do so.

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07/09/2021 6:51 AM

That is an ugly ugly vehicle and definitely not a Mustang....

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07/12/2021 10:08 AM

All are missing the point.
They are saying "...it has a MUSTANG badge on the grill see..." and what it means is my real car IS a MUSTANG

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07/10/2021 8:50 AM

Obviously their only design brief was "Make sure it doesn't look like a Tesla."

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07/10/2021 4:00 PM

It looks like the squished face of a cow....

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07/11/2021 9:44 AM

Yes it does but at least cows are graceful creatures not a fugly like they made.

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07/12/2021 3:26 PM

The cows are going to be offended.

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07/12/2021 1:22 AM

Why does it have to look like a Tesla 3, which looks like a two former generations Mazda 3?!

Isn't there enough design tradition at Ford with the Mustangs?

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07/12/2021 3:15 AM

I mean it's not that they couldn't build a really cool looking Mustang EV....

They're obviously trying to be an SUV, but a Mustang is a sports car, so I don't get it, it's not like they don't already have enough SUV's...Why ruin the brand....It's the Mustang II all over again....I guess everyone that wants a sports car will have to shop in the aftermarket used reproduction sectors....

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07/12/2021 4:47 AM

Porsche has an SUV, Bentley has an SUV, everyone wants an SUV!

Apparently we need them to travel on our modern roads - maybe it's a sign of infrastructure break-down - too many pot-holes.

I blame the Yanks.

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07/12/2021 5:15 AM

But Ford already has 7 SUV's to choose from....and only one sports car, unless you want to count the Ford GT, which is largely unavailable and overly expensive...an suv is basically a squashed up station wagon that's too short and too high...

Seriously who would want to own one of these?

Just get a van and be done with it...

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07/12/2021 5:40 AM

You ask these questions secure in who you are, but there are plenty of humans that are insecure and need to show a profile to the outside world that defines them by what they drive.

Motor companies are just exploiting this part of human nature.

My personal opinion of the Mustang SUV styling is that it looks very bland in comparison to the saloon.

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07/12/2021 3:30 PM

Don't blame this Yank. I like cars. I'm not a fan of SUV/"cross-overs'. I have trucks to do truck work and cars for car work. Getting from A to B is what cars are for. Trucks are for hauling around a bunch of crap.

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07/12/2021 5:55 AM

Aw come on guys give it a chance to be a Singly Useless Vexation, I mean don't weirdos were Machs and lurk in the dark?

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07/13/2021 8:38 PM

Imagine Mad Max with all electric vehicles!!!

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American idea of a Land Rover Evoque. It has about as much flare as a Jerry can.

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This Jerry can has some flare.

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