2024 Ford Mustang Mach-E

Ford Mustang Mach-E

The 2024 Ford Mustang Mach-E crossover doesn’t rely solely on the 50-year-old Mustang coupe’s name recognition; it’s more about a subtle connection than the bold, racing side of the classic pony car. However, this doesn’t take away from the fact that the battery-electric Mach-E stands out as a speedy, powerful, stylish, and comfortable family car with a host of compelling features. The lineup caters to different preferences with distinct trims: the budget-friendly entry-level Select, the feature-packed Premium, the long-range California Route 1, and the high-performance GT trims that seamlessly blend features with power.

While it may not push the boundaries like the Hyundai Ioniq 5, which earned the title of our 2022 EV of the Year, the ‘Stang still boasts a well-appointed interior equipped with Ford’s latest technology. Most trims offer a range exceeding 250 miles on a single charge, and in our test of the GT Performance Edition, it accelerated to 60 mph in just 3.7 seconds—making it only a fraction slower than the iconic Mustang Shelby GT500.

What's New for 2024?

The highlight of 2024 is the introduction of the Mustang Mach-E Rally trim, designed for light off-road use. The redesigned front end now features fog lights and a distinctive red tow hook, while the tailgate sports a high-mounted spoiler. The Mach-E’s standard tires have been replaced with slightly more aggressive rubber for enhanced performance. Additionally, Ford anticipates that Mach-E owners will have access to Tesla’s Supercharger network for refills by spring 2024.

Pricing and Which One to Buy

The anticipated starting price for the 2024 Ford Mustang Mach-E is approximately $45,390, with the potential to reach $67,000 based on the chosen trim and optional features.

In our opinion, opting for the Premium model is the way to go with the Mach-E. This trim introduces significant luxuries not found in the more affordable Select trim and even offers features that are not available in the pricier and more powerful California Route 1. Ford claims that the Premium model can cover a distance of 310 miles with the extended-range battery and rear-wheel drive. However, we’d prefer the all-wheel-drive version, even though it slightly reduces the estimated range to 290 miles.

EV Motor, Power, and Performance

The Mustang Mach-E is available with either a standard-range 70.0-kWh battery or an extended-range 91.0-kWh pack. These feed a single electric motor on the RWD versions of the Select and Premium, or a motor on each axle in AWD variants of all four trims. In the ultimate GT and GT Performance Edition models that only come with AWD, those motors combine to make 480 horsepower and up to 634 pound-feet of torque.

In our testing a Mach-E GT Performance shot to 60 mph in 3.7 seconds. Less powerful models with rear-wheel drive make either 266 or 290 horsepower and 317 pound-feet of torque. The AWD trims below the California Route 1 and GT duo make anywhere from 266 to 346 horsepower, and either 427 or 428 pound-feet. In our last encounter with the Mach-E—an extended-range AWD model—we found the Ford quicker and more engaging than most of its rivals. Beyond the various power levels available, we think that shoppers should appreciate the Mach-E’s feature set, quiet operation, and smooth ride.

Range, Charging, and Battery Life

In 2023, Ford introduced a new battery chemistry for certain Mach-E trims equipped with the smaller standard-sized pack. The EPA-estimated range for the entire lineup spans from 224 to 312 miles on a single charge, contingent upon the battery pack’s size and the number of electric motors. Although these figures may not match the longest-range Tesla models, they align with the expected range for crossovers from other prominent manufacturers.

Each Mach-E is equipped with fast-charging capability. The provided mobile home charging unit, when connected to a standard 120-volt household outlet, can contribute “up to 30 miles of range per night,” according to Ford. Plugging the mobile unit into a 240-volt outlet enables it to recharge up to 80 percent of the battery capacity “overnight.” For those seeking a more potent home charging solution, Ford offers an enhanced home charging station that requires professional installation by certified electricians. Connected to this station, the Mach-E’s battery can gain up to 28 miles of range for every hour of charging.

Fuel Economy and Real-World MPGe

The Mustang Mach-E California Route 1, available exclusively with all-wheel drive, claims the highest EPA-estimated range in the lineup, reaching an impressive 312 miles. Following closely is the midlevel Premium model, equipped with rear-wheel drive and the large battery, boasting a range of 310 miles. Opting for the Mach-E GT introduces substantial power but reduces the range to 270 miles per charge.

Choosing the GT Performance trim, with added torque, brings the estimated range down to 260 miles. The entry-level Select trim with the Standard Range battery offers a range of 250 miles with the new battery chemistry; in the previous chemistry, the range was set at 224 miles. While we haven’t subjected the 2024 Mach-E to our 75-mph highway fuel-economy route as part of our comprehensive testing, real-world range evaluations are pending. For further details on the Mustang Mach-E’s fuel economy, you can refer to the EPA’s website.

Interior, Comfort, and Cargo

The Mustang Mach-E takes a unique approach with its battery placement, situated snugly between the interior floor and the car’s bottom in a skateboard style. This configuration not only enhances space for passengers and cargo but also gives the vehicle a distinctive design. Inside, the dashboard is streamlined and boasts an eye-catching digital gauge cluster, with a massive vertically oriented touchscreen stealing the show. A practical touch is the spacious pocket beneath the flip-up armrest, a convenient spot for items like a purse.

Moving to the rear, the cargo area offers a substantial 29 cubic feet of space, expandable to an impressive 60 cubic feet when the back seats are folded. The Mustang Mach-E doesn’t just excel in functionality; it also offers a range of appealing standard and optional features. These include customizable ambient interior lighting, heated front seats, a heated steering wheel, wireless charging, a panoramic sunroof, and an innovative front trunk lined with durable plastic. This front trunk serves a dual purpose, functioning as a cooler that can be easily rinsed and drained after use.

Infotainment and Connectivity

Ford’s latest Sync infotainment system, driven by machine learning, tailors the driving experience for each user. Currently accommodating three driver profiles and a guest profile, the Mustang Mach-E incorporates this system through a user-friendly 15.5-inch touchscreen. This touchscreen facilitates easy access to a range of apps and features.

An advantage of the system is its capacity for over-the-air updates, ensuring continuous enhancement and the introduction of new content. Notable features encompass Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, a mobile Wi-Fi hotspot, and, depending on the trim, a premium Bang & Olufsen audio system.

Safety and Driver-Assistance Features

The Mustang Mach-E boasts a comprehensive suite of driver-assistance technologies, featuring Ford’s advanced BlueCruise hands-free driving technology. To delve deeper into the Mach-E’s performance in crash tests, you can refer to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) websites. Notable safety features include:

  • Automated emergency braking with forward-collision warning comes standard
  • Standard inclusion of blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert
  • Optional adaptive cruise control with a hands-free driving mode

Warranty and Maintenance Coverage

Ford’s present limited and powertrain warranties offer competitiveness, though not exceptionally remarkable. Noteworthy is the coverage of the Mach-E’s electrical components, extending for eight years or 100,000 miles, a practice consistent across all Ford EVs. However, it’s important to highlight the absence of complimentary scheduled maintenance.

  • Limited warranty: Three years or 36,000 miles
  • Powertrain warranty: Five years or 60,000 miles Electrical components
  • coverage: Eight years or 100,000 miles
  • Complimentary scheduled maintenance: Not included

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