The best battle yet has begun in our next round of the Ultimate EV Bracket Battle. The top-selling electric SUV in the US is competing with the second-best electric SUV in the country! That’s the Ford Mustang Mach-E versus the Tesla Model Y.
Now, when we state that these are the two electric SUVs that are selling the best in the country, we don’t mean to imply that their respective sales figures are comparable. Through September of 2022, Ford sold 28,089 Mustang Mach-Es, whereas we predict Tesla sold well over 150,000 Model Ys in the US over the same time. Of course, you could also say the same about Tesla and the Model Y, and just because a lot of people buy something doesn’t imply it’s better than something else (ahem, McDonald’s vs. a vegetable bowl from Chipotle). Ford can only make so many Mach-Es. Jo Borrás and I have chosen our sides and are prepared to argue as we are here for a debate.
The Mustang Mach-E is undoubtedly one of the EVs I can wholeheartedly suggest to anyone who prefers it, and I often bring it up when someone asks about nice EVs on the market. However, I’m choosing the Tesla Model Y, for reasons I describe below.
I’ll start with my design preference: I adore the Mustang Mach-appearance. E’s One of the coolest-looking vehicles on the road, in my opinion. But I prefer the sporty, smooth appearance of the Tesla. It’s a great combination of prowess and minimalism. Having said that, there are so many Model Ys on the road right now that I have to give the Mach-E points for standing out and attracting people’s attention. Oh, and Ford totally nailed the color scheme! Some of Ford’s color options are gorgeous. But even so, I think the elegant Tesla design is superior.
Jo: I’ll be the first to say that while I did get to spend a few days behind the wheel of a Mustang Mach-E Premium this past winter, I haven’t yet driven a Model Y. It’s a significant omission, especially given that it appears the vehicle will top all EV sales worldwide. In fact, Zachary appeared astonished (maybe appropriately so) when we were preparing for this piece and proposed that I go out and do that exact thing for the purposes of this review, which seemed like a fantastic idea. When the Grabber Blue Mustang Mach-E GT became available, my local Ford press fleet contacted me to let me know; I chose to drive that vehicle instead.
Zach, I’m sorry. Elon’s choppy, high-roof, space-egg minivan design looks like someone blew up a balloon in the style of a Model 3; nonetheless, the Pony Car’s long hood and short decks make it more enjoyable to drive.
Along with that, the Model 3 — which shares a platform with the Y but adds a lower cg and reduced mass to the fun-to-drive mix — will be more exciting and inspirational to drive than the Model Y, in my opinion. How can the wagon version compete if the Mustang is a better drive than that?
Zach: When you criticize a Tesla’s appearance, I genuinely don’t understand it and believe you may be nuts. I know millions of others share my opinion, but I also know there are many more who believe they are plain and boring. But enough about design. What category comes next?
In fact, the Model Y drives quite similarly to the Model 3, but obviously more in an SUV than a sedan fashion. But in my opinion, the Ford Mustang Mach-E handles even more like an SUV. The Mustang Mach-E undoubtedly has the advantages of a skateboard battery pack and a sporty look, and it drives much more fun than a standard SUV, but I found the Model Y to be tighter, feel more stable and sportier, and be more enjoyable. I drove both back-to-back a several times. Although I adore the Mach-E, I thought the Model Y was little more of a driver’s SUV.
Of course, the interior experience and design are a part of driving. I’m aware of a lot of individuals that enjoy the Mustang Mach-interior, E’s and I was one among them. I particularly enjoyed the blue stitching on the Grabber Blue model I owned. However, I still think the Model Y’s interior, which is tidy, consistent, and smooth, is superior. And even though I had concerns with my Model 3’s inadequate soundproofing, I find the Model Y to be noticeably better and have less road noise. Having saying that, the Mustang Mach-E gets marks for having a still quieter cabin.
Jo: This one is challenging. With the Tesla articles, we always reach this point, don’t we? The interior and exterior designs just don’t speak to me at all. I believe Ford has had greater success adapting its poor style cues to the SUV body.
However, it is fairly obvious that Ford copied the Tesla design brief when it arranged the Mach-E dashboard. Visually, it’s a little bit bland; the wider screen, which they didn’t exploit very well, is the only thing that makes it stand out.
Zach: In my opinion, Ford made a bold decision with the infotainment. The major Detroit automaker openly adopted Tesla’s lessons and installed a massive touchscreen in the midst of practically everything. That requires humility and courage. And I think the screen was well-organized and functional.
Tesla’s infotainment screen is still a little bit cooler, and there is so much more entertaining stuff on it. I won’t even attempt to list the majority of stuff; instead, I’ll just mention Disney , Netflix, Hulu, a few nice video games, “Caraoke,” Sketchpad, a music-making software, several entertaining Easter eggs, and more.
Also, rather than sticking with the traditional Model S design, I wish Ford had jumped forward and rotated the screen sideways, making it longer horizontally. I will say that including the dial or knob for specific usage is one thing that I do like. I just like it, and I do concur that there are some situations in which using muscle memory is preferable.
However, the Ford Mustang Mach-infotainment E’s system is actually rather impressive. of the greatest products available.
Jo: Excellent points. I would only add that Ford likely decided on the vertical design before the Model Y was regarded as the industry standard. They may have benchmarked the MX, in my opinion.
Having saying that, I didn’t enjoy the way Ford managed charging in its dashboard.
Zach: Oh, and charging, of course!
Tesla’s network of Superchargers is unmatched. In spite of the fact that the Electrify America and EVgo networks are constantly evolving, nothing else comes close.
But well, the fight is over; I’ll let you make your closing arguments.
Jo: Tesla’s strongest point in any discussion is the Supercharger network. Sincerely, I don’t believe that EA, EVgo, or any of the other networks belong in the same discussion. However, it appears as though Tesla will let other manufacturers compete on its own after opening that up to them. When that occurs, I believe Tesla will replace Subaru. Strong fan base, devoted audience, but ultimately not among the top competitors in the field. When the novelty of electric driving fades, things will get worse.
Although I’m not sure, I believe that to be around 2030.
I would give this to the Mustang if both had access to the Supercharger. Right now? I fail to predict the winner.
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