If the Cayenne can be a Porsche, then the Mach-E can be a Mustang. That’s pretty much where we land on this electric SUV’s name, which so seems to anger a sizable subset of the population. Like the original Cayenne, the 2022 Ford Mustang Mach-E draws inspiration from the general concept and styling cues of its iconic namesake, and then applies it to a more practical and popular body style. Now, could the driving experience be more like a Mustang? Sure, but like the Cayenne, we don’t see why that can’t happen with subsequent model year updates and generations. In the meantime, we’re just going to appreciate what the Mach-E is: a well-executed EV with compelling performance and character. We need more of them, and the Mach-E is a great one.
There’s nothing really Mustang-like about the interior apart from the horse on the wheel, which is just fine. Material quality is far better than expected, compared to either the regular Mustang or Ford’s recent disappointing efforts in the Escape and Explorer. Plastics are of a higher quality, and the dash and doors are mostly covered in a padded, leather-like surface that’s similar to what you’d find in a Lincoln.
That big 15.5-inch vertically oriented touchscreen is one of the best examples of this growing trend. Rather than stuffing as much as possible on the screen, it makes good use of the extra real estate by making buttons and displays bigger and more easily read at a quick glance. Having a separate instrument cluster is also appreciated, which is absolutely a reference to Tesla.
So what does that mean inside? The back seat offers sufficient legroom for a 6-footer to sit behind himself and for an infant car seat to fit in the middle with the front seat fully rearward. There’s also more than enough headroom. However, the seat itself is a bit low and awfully flat, and the seat back doesn’t recline. The front seats aren’t that comfortable, either. They lack front height/tilt adjustment (aka six-way), and are very squishy and flat with little lateral support. The GT Performance is the only version that includes the dramatically better Ford Performance seats pictured below right, which add sufficient lateral support (they still don’t exactly hug you) and are a bit firmer, which is beneficial during long drives. We wish Ford would make them available throughout the Mach-E lineup.
With its aggressively raked roofline, it shouldn’t be surprising that the Mach-E isn’t the most utilitarian crossover. It basically just has a really big trunk with a hatchback lid. The space is deep and wide, and there’s a handy folding cargo cover.
With its two available battery packs and the option of front motors that increase traction and output, the Mach-E’s specs can be a little confusing. Nevertheless, let’s try and break things down.
The Mach-E gains more usable range for 2022. The Standard Range battery pack now has a usable capacity of 71 kilowatt-hours. With it, the Mach-E produces 266 horsepower regardless of drivetrain. It produces 317 pound-feet of torque and hits 60 mph in 5.8 seconds with rear-wheel drive, and with the second motor added for all-wheel drive, it produces 428 lb-ft and hits 60 mph in 5.2 seconds. Official range estimates were not available at the time of this writing, but given the additional usable battery capacity, we expect it to gain 5-10 miles over last year’s estimates of 230 miles (RWD) and 211 miles (AWD).
Our first official test of the Mach-E, including comparisons with the Tesla Model Y.
How much is the 2022 Mustang Mach-E price and what features are available?
Pricing for the 2022 Ford Mustang Mach-E starts at $43,995(18.1million)
Keep in mind that the AWD versions of the Mach-E not only gain extra traction over the RWD version, the extra front motor also provides greater performance. This is why AWD costs more in the Mach-E than in a gas-powered SUV.
Select RWD: $43,955
Select AWD: $46,695
Premium RWD: $49,200
Premium AWD: $51,900
Extended Range Battery option = $5,000
California Route 1 RWD: $51,875
California Route 1 AWD: $54,575
GT Performance: $67,095
Standard equipment on the Mach-E Select includes 18-inch wheels, proximity entry and push-button start, phone-as-key capability, automatic LED headlights and wipers, front parking sensors, the Ford Co-Pilot 360 driver assistance suite (see Safety section), dual-zone automatic climate control, an eight-way power driver seat, ActiveX simulated leather upholstery, a vinyl-wrapped steering wheel, a 10.2-inch digital instrument panel, wireless smartphone charging pad, two USB ports, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, a 15.5-inch vertically oriented touchscreen, integrated navigation, satellite radio and a six-speaker sound system.
The California Route 1 trim (pictured above left) comes standard with the Extended Range battery, a panoramic fixed glass roof, unique exterior trim, a 360-degree parking camera and the Blue Cruise advanced adaptive cruise control and automated steering system.
The Premium keeps the base battery as standard, but increases equipment to include 19-inch wheels, front acoustic glass, different exterior trim, upgraded LED headlights, a six-way power passenger seat, perforated ActiveX upholstery, the California Route 1’s glass roof and Blue Cruise, a nine-speaker Bang & Olufsen sound system, and a Comfort package (effectively optional on the Select) that adds a handsfree power liftgate, a cargo cover, heated front seats and steering wheel, and driver memory settings. The Extended Range battery is optional.
The GT is equipped similarly to the Premium but adds more powerful motors, sportier suspension and steering tuning, brake upgrades and different styling. Blue Cruise also reverts to being an option. The GT Performance gains some more torque, stickier tires, the Magneride suspension and more supportive seats. Both are AWD and include the Extended Range battery.