2023 Ford Mustang Mach-E Vs. Tesla Mannequin Y: Are They Aggressive?



As electrification progresses, there are an increasing number of all-electric fashions available on the market, every of which normally additionally has a number of variations or trim ranges. This can be a good factor however makes the comparability between the automobiles extra complicated – particularly if the costs change often.

At present we are going to check out the 2 hottest all-electric crossover/SUV fashions in the USA – Tesla Mannequin Y and Ford Mustang Mach-E, evaluating the primary components of the provide (like worth, vary, and so on.) as the muse for future analysis.

The Ford Mustang Mach-E only in the near past acquired a worth replace, in addition to a brand new LFP battery model, whereas within the case of Tesla, costs change virtually weekly.

Costs

Let’s begin with the costs. The Ford Mustang Mach-E’s worth vary (MSRP) is between $42,995 and $64,995, which after a $1,800 vacation spot cost and deducting the $3,750 federal tax credit score, is successfully $41,045-$63,045.

The Tesla Mannequin Y begins at $47,240 and goes as much as $54,240. As soon as we add the compulsory prices ($1,640) and deduct the $7,500 federal tax credit score, the efficient costs fluctuate between $41,380 and $48,380.

Pricing seems to be the benefit of Tesla over Ford, apart from the entry-level rear-wheel drive Mustang Mach-E, however let’s observe that every one Mannequin Y are all-wheel drive.

Mannequin Base Value Dest. Cost Tax Credit score Efficient Value
2023 Ford Mustang Mach-E Choose SR LFP RWD 18-inch $42,995 +$1,800 $3,750 $41,045
2023 Ford Mustang Mach-E Choose SR LFP AWD 18-inch $45,995 +$1,800 $3,750 $44,045
2023 Ford Mustang Mach-E Premium SR LFP RWD 19-inch $46,995 +$1,800 $3,750 $45,045
2023 Ford Mustang Mach-E Premium SR LFP AWD 19-inch $49,995 +$1,800 $3,750 $48,045
2023 Ford Mustang Mach-E Premium ER RWD 19-inch $53,995 +$1,800 $3,750 $52,045
2023 Ford Mustang Mach-E Premium ER AWD 19-inch $56,995 +$1,800 $3,750 $55,045
2023 Ford Mustang Mach-E Route 1 ER AWD 18-inch $56,995 +$1,800 $3,750 $55,045
2023 Ford Mustang Mach-E GT ER AWD 20-inch $59,995 +$1,800 $3,750 $58,045
2023 Ford Mustang Mach-E GT Perf. ER AWD 20-inch $64,995 +$1,800 $3,750 $63,045
2023 Tesla Mannequin Y AWD (4680) 19-inch $47,240 +$1,640 $7,500 $41,380
2023 Tesla Mannequin Y AWD (4680) 20-inch $49,240 +$1,640 $7,500 $43,380
2023 Tesla Mannequin Y Lengthy Vary AWD 19-inch $50,240 +$1,640 $7,500 $44,380
2023 Tesla Mannequin Y Lengthy Vary AWD 20-inch $52,240 +$1,640 $7,500 $46,380
2023 Tesla Mannequin Y Perf. LR AWD 21-inch $54,240 +$1,640 $7,500 $48,380

* Tesla provides a Vacation spot price (DST) of $1,390 and an Order Price of $250 to all its fashions ($1,640 whole).

Fundamental specs

All Tesla Mannequin Y variations at the moment obtainable are all-wheel drive, whereas Ford gives a mixture of rear- and all-wheel drive variations.

It is tough to match the battery capability of the 2 fashions as a result of Tesla doesn’t report the capability, whereas Ford stories solely the usable capability (at the moment 72 kilowatt-hours in SR or 91 kWh in ER variations). The one factor we are able to say is that the overall consensus is that Tesla has a decrease battery capability than Ford, however achieves extra vary by way of decrease vitality consumption/greater effectivity.

Talking of vary, relying on the model, the RWD Ford Mustang Mach-E will get 250 miles of EPA Mixed vary (SR model) or 310 miles (ER model). Within the case of the AWD variations, it is 226 miles (SR) or 260-312 miles (ER variations).

In the meantime, the Tesla Mannequin Y has a driving vary from 279 miles as much as 330 miles. In different phrases, the Tesla’s bracket seems to be barely greater, when evaluating the AWD to AWD, however after all, we have to test explicit variations side-by-side, which we are going to do later on this publish.

The third factor to match is the acceleration from 0 to 60 miles per hour. It is 3.5 to six.3 seconds within the case of the Ford Mustang Mach-E (3.5-5.1 in AWD variations), and three.5-5.0 seconds within the case of the Tesla Mannequin Y. Very comparable on paper. By the best way, the numbers for Efficiency variations normally are “with rollout subtracted.”

Mannequin Drive Battery
(kWh)
EPA
Vary
0-60
mph
(sec)
High
Velocity
2023 Ford Mustang Mach-E Choose SR LFP RWD 18-inch RWD 72* 250 mi*
(402 km)
6.3  
2023 Ford Mustang Mach-E Choose SR LFP AWD 18-inch AWD 72* 226 mi*
(364 km)
5.1  
2023 Ford Mustang Mach-E Premium SR LFP RWD 19-inch RWD 72* 250 mi*
(402 km)
6.3  
2023 Ford Mustang Mach-E Premium SR LFP AWD 19-inch AWD 72* 226 mi*
(364 km)
5.1  
2023 Ford Mustang Mach-E Premium ER RWD 19-inch RWD 91* 310 mi
(499 km)
6.1  
2023 Ford Mustang Mach-E Premium ER AWD 19-inch AWD 91* 290 mi
(467 km)
4.8  
2023 Ford Mustang Mach-E Route 1 ER AWD 18-inch AWD 91* 312 mi
(502 km)
4.8  
2023 Ford Mustang Mach-E GT ER AWD 20-inch AWD 91* 270 mi
(434 km)
3.8  
2023 Ford Mustang Mach-E GT Perf. ER AWD 20-inch AWD 91* 260 mi
(418 km)
3.5  
2023 Tesla Mannequin Y AWD (4680) 19-inch AWD 68* 279 mi
(449 km)
5.0 135 mph
(217 km/h)
2023 Tesla Mannequin Y AWD (4680) 20-inch AWD 68* 269 mi*
(433 km)
5.0 135 mph
(217 km/h)
2023 Tesla Mannequin Y Lengthy Vary AWD 19-inch AWD 80* 330 mi
(531 km)
4.8 135 mph
(217 km/h)
2023 Tesla Mannequin Y Lengthy Vary AWD 20-inch AWD 80* 318 mi*
(512 km)
4.8 135 mph
(217 km/h)
2023 Tesla Mannequin Y Perf. LR AWD 21-inch AWD 80* 303 mi
(488 km)
3.5 155 mph
(249 km/h)

* Ford Mustang Mach-E battery capability is usable capability; Tesla Mannequin Y battery capability is only a tough estimation of whole capability (what to anticipate)

** some EPA vary numbers are estimated/anticipated/unofficial values

Comparisons

With all the primary knowledge outlined, let’s now check out just a few all-wheel drive variations, in contrast side-by-side, to raised perceive the variations and the way aggressive are the 2 automobiles.

The primary pair is the entry-level AWD variations – the brand new Mach-E Choose SR, outfitted with Lithium Iron Phosphate (LFP) batteries, and the Tesla Mannequin Y from Texas, outfitted with 4680-type cylindrical battery cells (NCM, so far as we all know).

As we are able to see beneath, the Ford Mustang Mach-E has barely greater battery capability (and that is even when evaluating the web worth to Tesla’s estimated whole) however gives a noticeably decrease vary – by one-fifth.

Alternatively, there’s a likelihood that the LFP battery will enable charging as much as 90-100 state-of-charge (SOC) each day, with out sacrificing longevity, whereas within the case of the NCM, it is normally suggested to not absolutely recharge each day, particularly if the extra vary just isn’t crucial (keep away from sitting idle at 80-100% SOC). Anyway, we should anticipate our InsideEVs‘ 70 mph vary check to get a greater concept of what to anticipate by way of real-world vary.

Acceleration is mainly the identical and it is going to be tough to differentiate the 2 every day. Within the case of the Ford Mustang Mach-E, the problem (particularly of the Efficiency variations) is that it doesn’t provide peak energy for too lengthy, which limits the efficiency of repeatable acceleration.

By way of DC quick charging, the Ford Mustang Mach-E with LFP battery is improved, as a result of it might go as much as 150 kilowatts (kW), but it surely’s nonetheless far behind the Tesla Mannequin Y, which even within the entry-level model will get 230 kW. Entry to the Tesla Supercharging community is one other factor, though a few of the stations had been not too long ago opened to non-Tesla automobiles within the US.

One other attention-grabbing factor is that the Ford Mustang Mach-E is noticeably heavier than the Tesla Mannequin Y (by round 10 %, in accordance with the uncooked specs). That might clarify why Tesla will get higher effectivity and better vary.

Lastly, pricing. The 2 automobiles are comparatively shut to one another by way of MSRP, however due to the distinction within the federal tax credit score, the Tesla Mannequin Y AWD really turns into successfully cheaper than the Ford Mustang Mach-E Choose SR LFP AWD.

EV Comparability Aspect-by-Aspect by InsideEVs
Mannequin 2023 Ford Mustang Mach-E Choose SR LFP AWD 18-inch
[A]
Distinction
[A] / [B]
2023 Tesla Mannequin Y AWD (4680) 19-inch
[B]
Drive AWD   AWD
Battery 72 kWh* 5.9% 68 kWh*
EPA Vary
Mixed 226 mi*
(364 km)
-19% 279 mi
(449 km)
Metropolis     291.9 mi
(470 km)
Freeway     263.3 mi
(424 km)
Specs
0-60 mph 5.1 s 2% 5 s
High pace     135 mph
(217 km/h)
Peak energy 232 kW    
EPA Power Consumption (together with charging losses)
Mixed     123 MPGe: 274 Wh/mi (170 Wh/km)
Metropolis     129 MPGe: 261 Wh/mi (162 Wh/km)
Freeway     116 MPGe: 291 Wh/mi (181 Wh/km)
Charging
DC Peak charging energy: 150 kW
Information: 10-80% SOC in 33 min
  Peak charging energy: 230 kW
Weight, Payload and Towing
Curb weight (est.) 4789 lbs (2172 kg) 9.8% 4363 lbs (1979 kg)
Costs
MSRP $45,995 -2.6% $47,240
Dest. Cost +$1,800   +$1,640
Tax Credit score $3,750   $7,500
Efficient Value $44,045 6.4% $41,380

Now, let’s transfer to the variations with greater battery capability and vary. The Ford Mustang Mach-E Premium ER AWD versus Tesla Mannequin Y Lengthy Vary AWD.

Identical to beforehand, it is tough to match battery capability (91 kWh web within the Mach-E, and doubtless round 80 kWh whole within the case of the Mannequin Y). Anyway, the Mach-E has noticeably extra vitality obtainable. Each packs are high-nickel sort (NCM Mach-E, and NCA Tesla Mannequin Y, we imagine).

Curiously, the Tesla Mannequin Y has some 12 % extra EPA Mixed vary (330 miles over 290 miles), and the distinction is even greater on the freeway (virtually 15 %).

It is value noting that in accordance with EPA, the Ford Mustang Mach-E ER AWD vitality consumption, together with charging losses, is about 25 % greater than Tesla Mannequin Y LR AWD. A part of that is perhaps the truth that the curb weight of the Mach-E is nearly 11 % greater.

Acceleration numbers are precisely the identical. Quick charging is best within the Tesla Mannequin Y (as much as 250 kW plus entry to the total Tesla Supercharging community).

The largest subject for Ford Mustang Mach-E is that its MSRP worth is greater than Tesla’s worth by $6,000. Then we are able to additionally see a halved federal tax credit score, and in impact, there’s a huge $10,665 efficient distinction between the 2.

EV Comparability Aspect-by-Aspect by InsideEVs
Mannequin 2023 Ford Mustang Mach-E Premium ER AWD 19-inch
[A]
Distinction
[A] / [B]
2023 Tesla Mannequin Y Lengthy Vary AWD 19-inch
[B]
Drive AWD   AWD
Battery 91 kWh* 13.8% 80 kWh*
EPA Vary
Mixed 290 mi
(467 km)
-12.1% 330 mi
(531 km)
Metropolis 306.6 mi
(493 km)
-10.4% 342.2 mi
(551 km)
Freeway 268.6 mi
(432 km)
-14.9% 315.7 mi
(508 km)
Specs
0-60 mph 4.8 s 0% 4.8 s
High pace     135 mph
(217 km/h)
Peak energy 258 kW    
EPA Power Consumption (together with charging losses)
Mixed 92 MPGe: 366 Wh/mi (228 Wh/km) -24.6% 122 MPGe: 276 Wh/mi (172 Wh/km)
Metropolis 97 MPGe: 347 Wh/mi (216 Wh/km) -23.6% 127 MPGe: 265 Wh/mi (165 Wh/km)
Freeway 85 MPGe: 396 Wh/mi (246 Wh/km) -27.4% 117 MPGe: 288 Wh/mi (179 Wh/km)
Charging
DC Peak charging energy: 150 kW
Information: 10-80% SOC in 45 min
  Peak charging energy: 250 kW
Weight, Payload and Towing
Curb weight (est.) 4838 lbs (2195 kg) 10.9% 4363 lbs (1979 kg)
Costs
MSRP $56,995 13.4% $50,240
Dest. Cost +$1,800   +$1,640
Tax Credit score $3,750   $7,500
Efficient Value $55,045 24% $44,380

Within the case of the performance-oriented variations (Mach-E GT Perf. ER AWD and Tesla Mannequin Y Perf.), the primary change over the earlier half is greater energy output of the automobiles, which is critical to realize 0-60 mph acceleration in 3.5 seconds.

Each automobiles can do it, however the specs point out that the Mach-E additionally has a 14 % decrease EPA Mixed vary, regardless of an even bigger battery (doubtlessly by roughly 14 %). That is as a result of the effectivity is decrease by 1 / 4 or so – with a giant half on account of a 14 % greater curb weight.

As soon as once more, the largest subject seems to be the worth – over $10,000 greater within the case of the Mach-E, even earlier than deducting the federal tax credit score, which elevates the distinction to successfully $14,665 or 30 %. Even when one would choose the $5,000 cheaper Mustang Mach-E GT ER AWD, which accelerated 0-60 mph in 3.8 seconds, the worth distinction would nonetheless be comparatively excessive.

EV Comparability Aspect-by-Aspect by InsideEVs
Mannequin 2023 Ford Mustang Mach-E GT Perf. ER AWD 20-inch
[A]
Distinction
[A] / [B]
2023 Tesla Mannequin Y Perf. LR AWD 21-inch
[B]
Drive AWD   AWD
Battery 91 kWh* 13.8% 80 kWh*
EPA Vary
Mixed 260 mi
(418 km)
-14.2% 303 mi
(488 km)
Metropolis 277.6 mi
(447 km)
   
Freeway 238.5 mi
(384 km)
   
Specs
0-60 mph 3.5 s 0% 3.5 s
High pace     155 mph
(249 km/h)
Peak energy 358 kW    
EPA Power Consumption (together with charging losses)
Mixed 82 MPGe: 411 Wh/mi (255 Wh/km) -26.1% 111 MPGe: 304 Wh/mi (189 Wh/km)
Metropolis 90 MPGe: 374 Wh/mi (233 Wh/km) -21.7% 115 MPGe: 293 Wh/mi (182 Wh/km)
Freeway 77 MPGe: 438 Wh/mi (272 Wh/km) -27.4% 106 MPGe: 318 Wh/mi (198 Wh/km)
Charging
DC Peak charging energy: 150 kW
Information: 10-80% SOC in 45 min
  Peak charging energy: 250 kW
Weight, Payload and Towing
Curb weight (est.) 5018 lbs (2276 kg) 14.1% 4398 lbs (1995 kg)
Costs
MSRP $64,995 19.8% $54,240
Dest. Cost +$1,800   +$1,640
Tax Credit score $3,750   $7,500
Efficient Value $63,045 30.3% $48,380

General, it appears that evidently Tesla’s worth discount utilized this 12 months (because of excessive margins), considerably improved its aggressive place and it is tough even for Ford to compete. Moreover, the Inflation Discount Act of 2022 (IRA) cuts the Mach-E’s $3,750 federal tax credit score.

It is a actually difficult place to be within the all-electric crossover/SUV section proper now, and we’re curious as to the way it will develop, particularly as soon as GM launches its Ultium-based contender.

Tesla seems to have an edge over others, but it surely should be cautious as a result of the provision and demand steadiness is fragile.

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