2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E compared to the 2020 Tesla Model Y

2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E vs. 2020 Tesla Model Y

You might already know about the Tesla Model Y specs, but have you compared the Model Y to its biggest competitor to date - the 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E? In our complete 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E vs. 2020 Tesla Model Y comparison, we will dive deeper into the first-ever electric Mustang Mach-E specifications and see how they stack up against the 2020 Tesla Model Y.  We aim to show you the differences in prices, trims, interior design, standard features, EV range, and advanced safety technology. By the end of this electric car comparison, you will know which EV SUV is best for you.

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2021 Mustang Mach-E

2021 Ford Mustang front exterior fascia design view in blue exterior color

2020 Tesla Model Y

2020 Tesla Model Y front exterior design in red color

2021 Mustang Mach-E Price & Trims

The new 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E trim levels are: Select ($43,895 est.), Premium ($50,600 est.), California Route 1 ($52,400 est.), GT ($60,500 est.), and limited-availability First Edition ($59,900 est.). The starting price of the new 2021 Mach-E is currently set at $43,895 for the base Select trim.

2020 Tesla Model Y Price & Trims

The first thing you'll notice is that there are only three trim levels available with the 2020 Model Y: Standard Range ($48,500 est.), Long Range ($52,990), and Performance ($60,990). The 2020 Tesla Model Y has a starting price of $52,990 for the Long Range model. The base Standard Range Model Y won't be available until at least early 2021.

2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E Exterior

The 2021 Mach-E has a pony-inspired style that will ride on your choice of 18- or 20-inch wheels. You will also have seven paint options to pick from, allowing you to customize your ride. These colors include Rapid Red Metallic, Star White Metallic, Infinite Blue Metallic, Carbonized Gray, Shadow Black, Iconic Silver, and Space White. The 2021 Mach-E exterior dimensions measure in at 186" L x 74" W x 63" H.

2020 Tesla Model Y Exterior

Moving on with the Mach-E vs. Model Y, we see that this model is slightly larger than the Ford EV. The 2020 Model Y measures at 187" L x 75.6" W x 64" H. Tesla Model Y customers will only have five color options to choose from, including Pearl White, Solid Black, Midnight Silver Metallic, Deep Blue Metallic, and Red Multi-Coat. The 2020 Tesla Model Y rides on either 19" or 20" wheels.

2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E Interior

Interior front cabin design inside the first-ever 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E

Without the need for an ICE, the Mach-E frees up a lot of space for increased cargo room and passenger comfort. Behind the back row, you will have 29 cubic feet of space, but when you fold the back seats down, there's up to 60 cubic feet. There is also a unique trunk space in the front that is lined with plastic and offers another 4.8 cubic feet of space. With the included drain, you can quickly turn this front trunk into a cooler. We also expect some high-tech features, such as wireless charging, premium stereo sound, and Ford Co-Pilot360 2.0.

2020 Tesla Model Y Interior

2020 Tesla Model Y front interior cabin design

The new Model Y interior looks like the Model 3 interior and every other Tesla for that matter. It comes with an all-glass roof for a bright ambiance and might eventually offer a third row of seats. Standard equipment includes a 15-inch touch screen, premium sound system, a navigation system, and 12-way power seats. With the rear seats down, you can expect up to 66.6 cubic feet of cargo space. The 2020 Model Y interior is comparable, but the minimalistic design can make the interior feel a bit plain and empty.

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2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E Performance

The 2021 Mustang Mach-E reaches 459-hp with 612 pound-feet of torque on the extended-range 98.8 kWh pack. There is a standard-range 75.7 kWh pack available. The more powerful GT option offers a Mustang Mach-E 0-60mph acceleration time in the mid-3-sec range. All 2021 Mach-E trims come standard with either RWD or AWD.

2020 Tesla Model Y Performance

All Model Y trims come with Tesla's all-wheel-drive system. You can switch between AWD, FWD, and RWD. The Longe Range Model Y produces a 0-60mph acceleration time of 4.8 seconds while the Performance Model Y with the performance upgrade hits 60mph in 3.5 seconds.

2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E EV Range & Battery

Rear exterior design view of a 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E in red color going down a curvy mountain-side highway

The first-ever Mustang Mach-E has an estimated EV range between 230-300 miles on a full charge depending on the trim chosen. Every Mach-E includes the fast-charging capability to use on the largest charging network in the United States or at home. The EV battery inside the Mach-E is located underneath the floorboards. Ford now revealed the predictive Intelligent Range technology which aims to squash all range anxiety concerns.

2020 Tesla Model Y EV Range & Battery

2020 Tesla Model Y rear exterior design view captured in motion driving

On the Long Range Model Y, Tesla claims that the EV will reach an EPA-estimated 316 miles on a single charge. However, the Performance Model Y with the Performance Upgrade gets an estimated 280-mile range. There are fast-charging capabilities and charging stations throughout the USA, but the charging network won't be as widespread as Ford's.

2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E Safety

The new Mach-E hasn't been safety tested yet by the IIHS or NHTSA, but we do know that there will be plenty of standard advanced safety features available due to the Ford CoPilot360 safety suite. This advanced safety suite includes forward-collision warning, blind-spot monitoring, automated emergency braking, rear cross-traffic alert, lane-departure warning, and lane-keep assistance. The Mach-E will also have a safer hands-free driving technology compared to Tesla's autopilot system. This hands-free driving tech, called Active Drive Assist, uses exterior cameras and sensors in combination with an interior, infrared camera that requires the driver to be alert and maintain focus on the road ahead. Tesla's autopilot system does not have active driver monitoring. 

2020 Tesla Model Y Safety

With the Mach-E vs. Model Y, we don't have a clear view of safety ratings as neither EV has been tested. However, we do know that the Tesla model comes with plenty of standard technology, including automated emergency braking, pedestrian detection, lane-departure warning, lane-keep assist, adaptive cruise control, and a semi-autonomous driving mode. Tesla's autopilot system is controversial at best. Tesla's autopilot and Ford's Active Driver Assist differs with driver monitoring. Tesla's autopilot relies on sensing a slight tug from the driver's hand on the steering wheel to ensure driver focus, but this system can be fooled with illegal steering wheel weights. Ford's Active Drive Assist utilizes a safer, more foolproof option with the combination of exterior cameras/sensors and the driver monitoring infrared camera.

Mustang Mach-E or Tesla Model Y?

As you look at either the Mustang Mach-E or Tesla Model Y, you see that Ford is really putting the heat to Tesla. The Mach-E Model Y comparison shows us that Ford will offer a more extensive, more sophisticated charging network, a vaster array of trims/configurations, competitive specifications, a unique yet edgy exterior appearance, and a more appealing interior design. Continuing with the variety that the Mach-E offers, another critical difference from the Model Y is the abundance of color options and features to pick from. The 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E allows for more customization. Add your unique touch of style and separate your new Mach-E from the crowd. Contact us today about the upcoming 2021 Mach-E or reserve your Mach-E today.

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