2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E vs Tesla Model Y
When you’re ready to go all-electric, the 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E and Tesla Model Y are equally ready to compete for your attention. These battery-powered crossover SUVs have a lot in common, including sporty performance, luxurious cabins, and high-tech capabilities. Which one is more your style? Our comparison guide takes a look.
All-American Style: 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E
Don’t get confused — the Mustang Mach-E isn’t a version of the two-door sports coupe. Instead, this all-electric crossover SUV takes its design cues from Ford’s iconic pony car, with a long Mustang-style front end and trademark tri-bar taillights. You’ll also spot the infamous Mustang logo, right in the center of the Mustang Mach-E’s nose.
The Tesla Model Y doesn’t inspire the same kind of nostalgia. However, it’s instantly recognizable as a Tesla. The Model Y features Tesla’s wispy headlights and trademark front-end design.
Premium Performance: 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E
Both the 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E and Tesla Model Y make performance the point, but Ford’s all-new electric crossover has the edge. First of all, it gives you more options, with five trim models. And it also delivers a speedier ride, with greater output than the Model Y can manage.
The Mustang Mach-E offers a wide range of electric motor configurations, with standard- and extended-range battery options. Power ratings and range vary from trim model to trim model. The Premium model with the extended-range battery will help you travel the furthest without a recharge, with 300 miles of range. The Mustang Mach-E GT Performance Edition turns up the heat with up to 480 horsepower and 634 pound-feet of torque.
There are only two Model Y trim models, but both impress with their speedy performance and total range. The Long Range model travels the furthest, with a total range of 326 miles. The Performance model is the speedier option, enhancing performance with 456 horses and 497 pound-feet of torque.
Towing Capacity: 2021 Tesla Model Y
While the North American version of the Mustang Mach-E isn’t currently rated for towing, you can add a towing package to the Tesla Model Y. With the proper equipment, this Tesla crossover can tow up to 3,500 pounds.
Performance Technology: 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E
Although Tesla is famous for pioneering autonomous driving features, this technology isn’t currently available for the Model Y. Tesla promises it will be someday, but at the moment the Model Y’s optional Full Self-Driving Capability only includes semi-automated maneuvers, such as automatic lane changes and parking.
The 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E also offers an automated parking system. Although it won't switch lanes autonomously, it does come standard with lane-centering safety technology. Better yet, the Mustang Mach-E offers Ford’s new semi-automated driving system. The full release has been delayed until fall 2021, but shoppers can add the prep package right now. This semi-autonomous driving system offers hands-free driving on thousands of miles of pre-mapped highways. It also monitors you for signs of inattention, creating the safest possible hands-free experience.
There’s a lot to love about the Tesla Model Y. Ultimately, though, the all-new Mustang Mach-E quite literally powers past the competition. This all-electric crossover features the technology you crave and the sporty performance you can’t do without.