The 2022 Ford Mustang Mach-E is a sporty all-electric compact SUV, offering a great combination of performance and range. The Tesla Model Y is essentially a taller version of the Model 3, but also smaller than Tesla’s two SUVs. It has a long driving range and an engaging performance, with great cargo capacity. Let’s look at both.
The 2022 Mach-E is attractive, with modern styling and plenty of quality materials, including a handsome appointed interior. It seats five passengers comfortably, offering plenty of head- and legroom for everyone, with a spacious back seat and lots of cargo space. It’s trunk space features two trunks – one in the front and one in the rear. The one in the front is known as a “frunk” and has enough space for a carry-on bag, shopping bags, or muddy gear, with 4.8 cubic feet of space. A convenient drainage function allows you to hose it clean. The rear trunk offers 29 cubic feet of space, which is enough space for most of your needs. If you fold the back seats down; you will get up to 60 cubic feet. There are many available luxury features, such as customizable ambient interior lighting, heated front seats, a heated steering wheel, and a panoramic sunroof. A convenient floating flip-up armrest on the front center console allows a purse or other items to be stored. New for 2022 is a Mach-E Ice White Edition, that includes a Star White exterior, 19-inch wheels with Oxford White painted pockets, white badging, and a gloss white dashboard. This is only offered on the Premium trim level. The Mach-E comes in four trims: Select, Premium, California Route 1, and GT.
The 2022 Tesla Model Y is a luxury hybrid and electric SUV featuring spacious, comfortable seats in the first two rows with plenty of head- and legroom, and newly optional third-row seats. In its standard two-row configuration, the Model Y seats five people; with its added third row option, it lets you seat two additional people. It has premium materials and modern styling; and it features standard synthetic leather upholstery, heated front seats, and heated rear seats. The Tesla Model Y has a small front trunk and a larger rear cargo area, making 68 cubic feet of space when you fold all the seats down.
Safety and Technology
The Mach-E is up-to-date with new technology. The SYNC 4A is user-friendly, intelligent and adaptive, making it easy to personalize your driving experience, while allowing for multiple driver profiles. It offers a giant central touchscreen mounted in the center of the car that controls the car’s primary functions. A second screen in front of the driver displays the speed and range. The Mach-E runs software through the large touchscreen that allows for easy access to the system’s array of apps and features. This also allows Ford to give over-the-air updates and add new content to improve its system. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are also compatible with this system. Ford’s standard Ford Co-Pilot360 offers a suite of advanced safety features, including blind spot monitoring, frontal collision warning with automatic braking, and lane keep assist. An optional new hands-free automated driving system called Active Drive Assist can take over driving responsibilities on approved roads.
Several advanced safety features come standard in the Tesla, but they are mostly bundled in Tesla’s Autopilot system. It includes forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, pedestrian detection, sensors all around the vehicle, surround-view parking camera system, adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitoring, and parallel and perpendicular park assist. Autopilot also lets the Model 3 steer and accelerate within its lane. Available advanced safety features include automatic parking, automatic lane change, stop sign and traffic light recognition, and summoning your car. These are all featured in the Full Self-Driving Capability. The Tesla features apps for streaming services like Spotify, but there is no smartphone integration beyond Bluetooth, such as Apple CarPlay or Android Auto. Standard infotainment features include a 15-inch touch screen, navigation, wireless device charging, a Wi-Fi hotspot, four USB ports, HD Radio, along with Bluetooth and a 14-speaker stereo.
The Mach-E will provide up to 305 miles of driving range when paired with the extended-range battery and rear-wheel drive. The all-wheel-drive system ranges 270 miles, and it can apply torque independently to the front and rear axles to deliver impressive acceleration and improved handling. It is available with either a standard range battery or an extended range pack. The sporty high-performance GT model will produce 480 horsepower and up to 634 lb-ft or torque and the less powerful models make between 255 and 332 horsepower and between 206 and 417 lb-ft of torque. Ford’s BlueCruise hands-free driving assistant is a great addition to the Mach-E and is compatible on over 130,000 miles of divided highways. Pricing starts at around $44,000.
Tesla Model Y has an electric drivetrain consisting of two electric motors, a lithium-ion battery, and all-wheel drive. The Long Range estimates 131 MPG in the city and 117 MPGe on the highway; the Performance trim will give you 115/106 MPGe city/highway. The Model Y Performance will get an all-electric range of 303 miles and 330 miles for the Long Range. Tesla’s fastest charge time comes with Tesla’s supercharger stations, which will give you 158 miles of range in 15 minutes. Tesla’s at home battery with a 120-volt power outlet can take several days of charging to completely recharge. Its Wall Connector, with a 240-volt outlet, will reduce that time to about 10 or 11 hours. The Long Range model has a starting price of $60,440 and the Performance model has a starting price of $65,440.
The 2022 Ford Mustang Mach-E and Tesla Model Y hybrid/electric vehicles rank well in the all-electric and hybrid class. These electric vehicles deliver sporty handling and add a unique trunk space in front, as well as plenty of cargo room. Mustang features an up-to-date infotainment system, impressive acceleration, and an upscale cabin at a lower price tag, while the Tesla Model Y offers an optional third row, more cargo room, and a longer driving range.